New Japanese Prime Minister’s Wife Is All Sorts of Crazy…

The wife of Yukio Hatoyama, Japan’s new prime minister, is a nut. “While my body was sleeping, I think my spirit flew on a triangular-shaped UFO to Venus,” wrote Miyuki Hatoyama. “It was an extremely beautiful place and was very green.” The space-bound spouse has also been a musical actress, cookbook writer, designer and TV [Read More...]

Iranian Leaders Want to Purge the Social Sciences

It doesn’t look good for students in Iran trying to get a legitimate education: Ayatollah Khamenei said this week that the study of social sciences “promotes doubts and uncertainty.” He urged “ardent defenders of Islam” to review the human sciences that are taught in Iran’s universities and that he said “promote secularism,” according to Iranian [Read More...]

Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Rejected in Indiana Town

There’s no good reason anti-discrimination laws should not be extended to people based on their sexuality and gender identity. But that doesn’t mean some religious people won’t try to justify their bigotry. The Goshen City Council in Indiana had a chance to offer protection to GLBT people. More than 500 people showed up to the [Read More...]

A Young Atheist Running for State Office?

A senior at Winthrop University in South Carolina is making plans to run for the state’s House of Representatives in 2010. If he won, he’d be the youngest legislator in United States history. It’d be a historic win for another reason, too: D.C. Swinton is the president of the Winthrop Organization of Freethinkers (WOOF). In [Read More...]

Have You Been Discriminated Against Because of Your Atheism?

The Secular Coalition for America is one of many groups fighting against things like Faith-Based Initiatives that allow religious groups to receive federal funding while at the same time letting them fire people who don’t adhere to their faith. It’s not right in so many ways. To fight this, it would be helpful to cite [Read More...]