Bill Maher on Koran Burning and the Mosque

Bill Maher, who just received a star on the Walk of Fame, had great segments on The Tonight Show and Larry King Live this week. He spoke about Koran burning, the (close to) Ground Zero Mosque (and community Center), and religion in general: The new season of Real Time with Bill Maher starts up Friday. [Read More...]

Just Say Nope to the Pope

The Pope is making a state visit to the UK this week. He has already made his presence known to atheists, when he compared us to Nazis. Jesse has more on that later today. But before that, his visit itself prompted a number of Britons to write this open letter to him: We, the undersigned, [Read More...]

Everybody Draw Muhammad Day Creator Now in Hiding

The Artist Formerly Known as Molly Norris drew this cartoon after the South Park/Muhammad debacle: It led to an actual event where people drew images of Muhammad — offensive and not — on their Facebook profiles, on college campuses, on blogs, and everywhere else. Norris regretted her cartoon not long after: Norris, a Seattle cartoonist, [Read More...]

Burka and Niqab Banned in France

The French Senate voted 246-1 (with about 100 abstentions) on Tuesday to ban burkas and niqabs in public places. In case you need a reminder… What will happen when the law goes into effect in the spring? The law imposes a fine of 150 euros ($190) and/or a citizenship course as punishment for wearing a [Read More...]

The Tea Party Movement Is Not Secular

by Jesse Galef – I used to think that the Tea Party movement was predominantly libertarian — that they were against taxes and spending and wanted the government to get out of… well, everything. Not my political leanings, but at least it was secular, I thought. It wasn’t about religion. But I was wrong. Whoo [Read More...]