12-Year-Old in Egypt Lays Into Theocratic Fundies Like You Wouldn’t Believe

This kid, Ali Ahmed, is amazing. He speaks with poise and clarity and reason, and his arguments really do seem to come from deep within, rather than being a collection of learned-by-rote platitudes.

The Arab world does not have to devolve into a pit of fundie misery. If it doesn’t, this young man — and other brave, brainy whippersnappers like him — will be the reason why. [Read more...]

New Law Allows Religious Proselytizing in Mississippi Public Schools

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how a new law will allow for religious proselytizing in Mississippi public schools:

You can read more about the law here.

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Sean Faircloth: What We Can Do for a Secular America

At the Oklahoma Freethought Convention a couple of weeks ago, Sean Faircloth, former Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America and current Director of Strategy and Policy at the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, spoke about what we can do for a secular America:

If any moments stand out to you, please leave the timestamp and summary in the comments!

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Governor Bobby Jindal Wants Religion-Based Program to Receive $15,000 in Federal Money

A few months ago, the Bossier Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana lost $15,000 in federal funding because of the nature of its Young Marine Program. The program actually sounds decent, promoting the “mental, moral and physical development of its young recruits.”

The problem lies in the more detailed description:

Upon joining the Young Marines, each recruit will undergo basic recruit training for a minimum of 26 hours. During this time, the youth will have the opportunity to learn military history, customs and courtesies, close order drill,, physical fitness, rank structure and other subjects pertaining to life skills. Most importantly, the youth will learn to bond and relate with other young recruits and the opportunity to interact with caring adult mentors that are committed to providing them with a safe place to develop and grow with special emphasis on the love of God and fidelity to our country.

Why is the Sheriff’s Department teaching kids about the “love of God”?

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North Carolina Senate Stems the Tide of Religious Thuggery by… Imposing Their Own Religious Thuggery

A few days ago, the Senate in North Carolina tinkered with a bill called the Family, Faith, and Freedom Protection Act of 2013. It had been referred to as the anti-Sharia bill, but that was before the lawmakers pulled a creative switcheroo (or maybe adderoo). The Atlantic explains:

The North Carolina Senate is not only considering an anti-Sharia (or Islamic law) bill passed in the state’s House earlier this year, they’ve tricked it out with a whole new issue. House Bill 695, which began as a cookie-cutter ban on the use of foreign law in family law and custody cases, now would implement several restrictions on abortion services in the state.

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