Evolution of a Trumpet Player Shirt Banned in Missouri

A high school band in Sedalia, Missouri came up with these cute shirts showing the “evolution” of a trumpet player: Those shirts will no longer be worn, though, because religious parents complained: [Assistant Superintendent Brad] Pollitt said the district is required by law to remain neutral where religion is concerned. “If the shirts had said [Read More...]

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Religion

The latest issue of The Humanist (Sep/Oct 2009) includes an interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. I’m pretty sure it’s impossible for him to say anything that isn’t interesting, but a couple things he said stood out: The Humanist: Do you consider yourself a humanist? Tyson: I’ve never identified with any movement. I just am [Read More...]

Darwin Greets Secular Student Group

Now, this is how you start a brand new year of your secular student group! Bring Charles Darwin along and get your pictures taken with him, as the University of Melbourne Secular Society did: I wonder where else you could put that cutout… Maybe UMSS could lend it out to a campus Christian group for [Read More...]

PZ Myers’ Talk at the Secular Student Alliance Conference

In case you weren’t at the Secular Student Alliance conference last week (and if not, I demand a good explanation), you can now see PZ Myers‘ keynote speech: Incidentally, that talk is on the SSA’s new YouTube channel, which will also have other talks from the conference in the near future. Subscribe, donate, tell your [Read More...]

Which Scientist Dealt a Bigger Blow to Religion?

The Economist has a nice, short article about Galileo and the contributions he made. … He saw mountains casting shadows on the moon and realised this body was a world, like the Earth, endowed with complicated terrain. He saw the moons of Jupiter — objects that circled another heavenly body in direct disobedience of the [Read More...]