Nigerian Man Held Against Will in Psych Ward Due to His Atheism

Yesterday, the International Humanist and Ethical Union confirmed a rumor that had been floating around for days: Mubarak Bala, a Nigerian atheist, was being held against his will at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

What put him in there?

Well, he’s an atheist… and… um… that’s it.

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John Oliver’s Brilliant Segment on Dr. Oz’s Support of “Miracle” Drugs

John Oliver offered a fantastic — and substantive — take on Dr. Oz and his desire to push bullshit “miracle” supplements on Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight:

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Saudi Arabia Tries to Shout Down Center for Inquiry at UN Human Rights Council

Yesterday, we got a rare glimpse of how sensitive Saudi Arabia is to its human rights abuses being exposed. At a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, a representative of my organization, the Center for Inquiry, was repeatedly shouted down by the Saudi representative in an attempt to stop her from delivering our statement condemning its crackdown on free expression and belief, and its persecution of dissidents such as Raif Badawi and Waleed Abu al-Khair.

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Bill Maher: President Obama is “Drop Dead Atheist, Absolutely”

On last night’s Daily Show, comedian Bill Maher said something he’s said on his own show many times before: President Obama is a “drop dead atheist, absolutely.” (You can see the full clip at Mediaite, or on the Daily Show‘s own website, whenever they get around to updating it.)

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Despite Overwhelming Pushback Against It, Mobile County Commission (AL) Approves “In God We Trust” Plaque

Last Thursday, the Mobile County Commission (in Alabama) voted 2-1 to put the words “In God We Trust” on a plaque in the city’s Administration Building. (The most surprising thing about that? Until now, “In God We Trust” wasn’t on a government-issued plaque in Mobile, Alabama.)

Here’s where it gets interesting: Before the vote took place, eight people spoke to the commissioners about the plaque — and seven of them opposed it. Here’s just a taste of what they said:

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