Al Qaeda Takes Credit for Slaughter of Atheist Bloggers, Saying the Attackers “Taught a Lesson to Blasphemers”

Back in February, author Dr. Avijit Roy (below) and his wife Rafida Bonya Ahmed were returning home from a book fair in Dhaka, Bangladesh where they were promoting Roy’s latest work when two assailants came after them with cleavers and “hacked them mercilessly.”



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Can You Be an Astrophysicist if You’re Dyslexic? Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Fantastic Response to a Girl’s Question

At a recent Neil deGrasse Tyson lecture, an eight-year-old girl asked the astrophysicist if he had any colleagues who were dyslexic.

He answered yes… and then kept going, offering an uplifting and beautiful response:



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BREAKING: Two Attackers Dead After Apparent Attempted Assault on Mohammed Art Exhibit in Texas

Did Mohammed fans strike again, or at least attempt to? Two men are dead following an apparent attack on a cartoon art exhibit in Garland, Texas. Many details are still sketchy at this time (10:30 p.m. EST on Sunday).

From USA Today:

Two suspects were killed after they opened fire Sunday in a parking lot outside a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, authorities said.

Garland’s city government issued a statement saying that as a Muhammad Art Exhibit event was coming to a close at the Curtis Culwell Center, “two males drove up to the front of the building in a car” and started shooting at a security officer. “Garland police officers engaged the gunmen, who were both shot and killed,” the statement posted online said.

The exhibit was placed on lockdown and attendees later moved to a nearby school. Police suspect the suspects’ vehicle may contain a bomb and called in bomb squad experts. Surrounding businesses were evacuated.

The violent outrage follows a sadly familiar pattern.

A group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative [whose executive director is Pamela Geller, pictured, of the pretty-far-right blog Atlas Shrugs, TK] hosted the Muhammad Cartoon Exhibit and $10,000 cartoon contest.



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16 Ways to Greet Jehovah’s Witnesses

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses 16 ways to greet Jehovah’s Witnesses who knock on your door.



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Omaha Mayor Issues “Day of Reason” Proclamation

Just a couple of months after Omaha, Nebraska Mayor Jean Stothert signed a proclamation honoring Charles Darwin‘s birthday, she’s done it again with one for the National Day of Reason:



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