A Mobile Nativity Scene is Illegally Parked Outside City Property and Officials Are Letting It Slide

The Ellwood City Municipal Building in Pennsylvania has played host to a couple big church/state controversies since last year. In 2010, officials allowed a Nativity Scene — and nothing else — to be displayed inside the building. The Freedom From Religion Foundation rightfully argued that was illegal and were allowed to put up their own display in 2011. That led to this banner going up alongside displays from other religious faiths:

They weren’t expecting that. [Read more...]

Non-Religious Americans Grieve After Tragedies, Too

Lawrence Krauss asks a pretty fair question in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings: “Why must the nation grieve with God?

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An Interview with Richard Dawkins for al-Jazeera

Last month, Mehdi Hasan, the political director of The Huffington Post UK, interviewed Richard Dawkins at the Oxford Union for al-Jazeera television: [Read more...]

Why Is a Former GOP House Leader with a Gun Like an Abusive Christian Father?

On Tuesday night, the Washington Post published a story detailing the extraordinary discord within FreedomWorks, a Washington, D.C. advocacy organization affiliated with the Republican Party.

On September 4th, former House Majority Leader, corporate lobbyist, and FreedomWorks founder Dick Armey:

… walked into the group’s Capitol Hill offices with his wife, Susan, and an aide holstering a handgun at his waist. The aim was to seize control of the group and expel Armey’s enemies: The gun-wielding assistant escorted FreedomWorks’ top two employees off the premises, while Armey suspended several others who broke down in sobs at the news.

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Choose the 2012 Atheist Billboard of the Year!

What were the best atheist billboards/signs of 2012?

I selected 18 nominees using the following criteria:

  1. It had to go up in 2012.
  2. I wouldn’t use any particular definition of “best” (meaning the billboard could be the best designed, most controversial, most effective, etc).
  3. I selected the final list. (Otherwise, there were just too many billboards from which to choose.)

The finalists are below (after the jump) and the poll to vote is immediately after that!

The group that ultimately put up the 2012 Atheist Billboard of the Year will receive a $100 donation. Good luck! [Read more...]