Guess Who Won the ‘Charles Darwin’ Award from the Tribeca Film Festival?

Daniel Dennett once called evolution the “single best idea anyone has ever had.” It was so revolutionary in what it explained and how simply it could explain it that Charles Darwin’s legacy was cemented the moment his name became synonymous with the idea.

Each year, the Tribeca Film Festival awards people who have similarly pushed the boundaries in their respective fields — what they call “disruptive innovation.” And this year, the Charles Darwin prize went to… Glenn Beck:

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President Obama’s New Transportation Secretary Issued ‘Day of Reason’ Proclamation Last Year

The person President Obama has selected to be our country’s next Transportation Secretary, Charlotte (North Carolina) Mayor Anthony Foxx, did something last year that may raise some eyebrows in conservative circles: He signed a proclamation declaring May 3rd as “A Day of Reason” at the urging of the Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics:

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This is What Happens When the Australian Christian Lobby Fails to Register the Most Obvious Domain Name

The Australian Christian Lobby, basically the equivalent of a Christian Right group in America, uses the domain to espouse their anti-gay, anti-choice rhetoric. Okay, fine, their right… but I guess nobody told them they should also snatch up while they’re at it. It was just sitting there for the longest time…

So a group of awesome women from Melbourne have taken that domain and turned it into a site for Australian Cat Ladies:

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In the Wake of the Boston Bombings, a Petition to Remind Political Leaders That Healing is for Everyone

Atheists were excluded from last week’s “interfaith” service for the victims of the Boston bombing, as if we had no one to mourn or no stake in the matter, and despite the fact that Boston is home to a large non-religious population.

It’s likely that decision was made without ill intent but it’s not because we didn’t make an effort to be included. Governor Deval Patrick and Melissa Rogers (Director of the White House’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships) need to know that we’re not taking this snub lightly.

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Who Said the Line About Putting a Hand on the Bible and Swearing to Uphold the Constitution…?

Here’s Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims yesterday trying to stop a bill that would allow state-run health insurance exchanges to not cover abortion:

“As a reminder, Mr. Speaker, I do believe this has been forgotten entirely by many of my colleagues today: Each of us put our hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. We did not place our hands on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.

Awesome line. Very quotable.

But he’s not the first person to have said it.

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