Atheist Sign Goes Up in Illinois Capitol Building

On Saturday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation placed a Winter Solstice sign in the Illinois Capitol building in Springfield:



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Ebenezer Scrooge, the Televangelist…

Bob Seidensticker, one of my fellow bloggers at Patheos, has written a really neat alternative version of Charles DickensA Christmas Carol with an atheist twist. His novella features a televangelist (Nathan) who gets visited in the night by ghosts that take him through his past, present and future to show him the problems with his message and the consequences that await him if he keeps pushing it.

In the excerpt below, Nathan and Bill (the “Ghost of Christmas Present”) look in on an old couple watching Nathan’s show on TV:

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Is This Canadian Politician Slamming Atheists in an Informal Holiday Greeting?

Brian Pallister is the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba — kind of like a Canadian version of John Boehner.

He recently offered some holiday greetings to interviewer Natalie Pollock, and his comments took a strange turn when he began to talk about atheists:

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Why the Christian Right’s ‘Naughty or Nice’ Campaign Makes No Sense, Even for Them

Alyssa Rosenberg of Think Progress explains why the “Naughty or Nice” list put out by the Christian group American Family Association and, by extension, the “Friend or Foe” list put out by Liberty Counsel make absolutely no sense, even from a Christian perspective. (Remember: These are the lists that reward you for using the word “Christmas” in your marketing campaigns and condemn you if you don’t.)



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US Postal Service Mailer Doesn’t Mention Christmas… and the Christian Outrage Machine Lights Up

The United States Postal Service has several Christmas-themed stamps for sale right now:

… but you wouldn’t know that if you just glanced at a particular section in their latest holiday mailer:

Sarcastic or not, @RennaW‘s tweet (below) provided fodder for those looking for any sign of “intolerance” toward Christians:

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