Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Will Speak at Secular Coalition for America’s Lobby Day and Secular Summit Event

I have mentioned before that the Secular Coalition for America is sponsoring a Lobby Day and Secular Summit this April. It’s a packed event full of educational meetings, panels about issues non-theists care about, and addresses by government officials.

About that last part, my first reaction was, “Seriously? Who?!”

Now we have at least part of the answer. Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) will be a Keynote Speaker on the morning of Wednesday, April 25th:

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Not in My Christian Nation!

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Did a Student Really Get Suspended For Refusing to ‘Stomp on Jesus’?

Three weeks ago, Florida Atlantic University student Ryan Rotela was suspended from his Intercultural Communication class for refusing to step on a piece of paper with the word “Jesus” on it. It’s sort of an odd story, so we’re going to go through it and try to get to the bottom of what really happened.

According to Rotela himself, this is how the story went down:

His professor, Dr. Deandre Poole, asked all of the students to take out a piece of paper and write “JESUS” in big letters.

Poole then asked the students to put the paper on the floor and stomp on it.

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Bangladesh Atheist Bloggers Are Getting Censored and Threatened

It’s not easy being an atheist blogger in Bangladesh. Last month, we heard that riots occurred there over things written on the Internet (where, apparently, you can only say things in support of Muhammad).

The bloggers were subject to calls for their execution for having blasphemed online. One blogger was, in fact, brutally killed for what he wrote.

And now the government is finally taking action.

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As the Supreme Court Weighs Gay Marriage, Let’s Hear It for the Allies

This is a guest post by Chris Stedman. He is the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and the author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious. You can follow him on Twitter @ChrisDStedman.

My twenty-sixth birthday is two weeks from today. But early April isn’t just the anniversary of my birth — it’s also the anniversary of when I came out of the closet. I was 13 years old, nearly 14, when I came out to my mom as queer. This year, as I turn 26, I will have spent twelve years out of the closet, which is nearly half of my life — and certainly more than half of the life that I can remember… [Read more...]