Dave Silverman: ‘For the First Time in My Life, I Am Ashamed of My Association with Brandeis University’

Dave Silverman, writing for himself (and not as the President of American Atheists), just posted an open letter to Fred Lawrence, President of Brandeis University, in response to their offering and rescinding an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Silverman is a graduate of the university.



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Here’s the Perfect Response to the Christian Anti-Gay ‘Day of Dialogue’ Cards

Tomorrow marks the annual Focus on the Family-sponsored “Day of Dialogue” in which participants can tell their LGBT classmates why they’re going to hell. (It’s a Christian response to the Day of Silence which takes place this Friday.)

This is the card they will be handing out this year:

As I’ve posted before, Zach Moore created a fantastic parody of an older version of the card and I’m thrilled to repost it here:

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Why is a Creationist Giving a Commencement Address at a Top Science School?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how a Creationist will soon be giving a commencement address at a top engineering school:

You can learn more about this story here.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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After Backlash from Muslim Groups, Brandeis University Will No Longer Be Giving an Honorary Degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Last week, Brandeis University announced that it would be awarding honorary degrees to five notable figures, including atheist Ayaan Hirsi Ali for her advocacy of women’s rights around the world:

Hirsi Ali, in her bestselling books Infidel and Nomad, made no secret of the fact that Islam, as interpreted by militants, extremists, and even (in some cases) casual believers, was not only untrue but harmful to the world. Between female genital mutilation, honor killings, the idea of martyrdom, and the murder of her friend Theo van Gogh, you can understand why she has courageously put her own life on the line to speak out against the horrors of the faith. In her mind (and many atheists agree), the problem isn’t radical Islam. It’s Islam, period. Much like how Sam Harris criticized religious moderates in The End of Faith for providing cover to the extremists, Hirsi Ali minced no words in a 2007 interview when describing her goal of trying to defeat Islam as a whole because she didn’t believe the religion of peace was capable of being saved in its current form.

Almost immediately after the announcement of her honorary degree, Muslim groups began to protest her selection.

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This Week, a Catholic School Will Host a Conversation About the Harm Religion Can Inflict Upon Children

On Tuesday night, a Catholic university in Texas is hosting a potentially controversial and tremendously important event: a symposium about the physical and mental harm religion can inflict upon children.



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