California Bans Gay Conversion for Minors

This is shocking to me only because it’s the first state to do it, but California has correctly banned the kind of religion-based therapy intended to turn gay kids straight: Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed Senate Bill 1172, which prohibits children under age 18 from undergoing “sexual orientation change efforts.” The [Read More...]

Muslim Radicals Torch Buddhist Temples Because of a Facebook Photo

It’s a day after International Blasphemy Rights Day, and over the weekend, we learned just how dangerous it can be in certain parts of the world when you criticize the Muslim faith — even accidentally. Here was the scene in Bangladesh: Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims… set fires in at least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 [Read More...]

My Day at the ‘America for Jesus’ Rally

This is a guest post by Shaun Patrick McGonigal. He blogs about atheism, polyamory, and skepticism at polyskeptic.com. *** The only way we are going to transform this nation is by transforming individuals, by bringing them to Christ. This may not be an exact quote from the America For Jesus event in Philadelphia this past [Read More...]

Christian Mayor Addresses Pennsylvania Atheist Conference

I still can’t believe Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson gave the opening remarks at the Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference this weekend, but she made her way into the lions’ den and spoke to the crowd: Thompson said she was there acting as an ambassador to the city, encouraging the crowd to get out to see the [Read More...]

A Review of David Niose’s Nonbeliever Nation

This is a guest post by August Brunsman. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Student Alliance. *** Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans by David Niose sets about to accomplish four main goals: 1) define the existence of a demographic category of “Secular Americans,” 2) establish that the rise of the Religious [Read More...]


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