Judge Throws Out Atheists’ Lawsuit That Would Have Removed ‘In God We Trust’ from U.S. Currency

Earlier this year, Michael Newdow, the atheist who took his case to remove “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Supreme Court nearly a decade ago, filed a complaint in a New York district court in order to remove “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency:

The plaintiffs included Newdow, his mother, the New York City Atheists, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, several families (with children), while the defendants included the U.S. Congress and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

href=”https://www.dropbox.com/s/swkzl1532chynf4/167161662-Newdow-v-United-States.pdf”>threw the lawsuit out.

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Is the Internet Destroying Religion?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: Is the Internet destroying religion?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next! [Read more...]

Does This Mean a Crocoduck Might Actually Have Existed…?

Seen in the New Zealand Herald:

The study in question, published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, can be read here.

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Pope Francis: Atheists Can Be Saved if They ‘Obey Their Conscience’

No matter how much criticism he gets from his faithful, or how often his cardinals scramble to walk his statements back, Pope Francis just won’t stop offering atheists a chance at salvation.

In recent months, newspaper editor and stalwart atheist Eugenio Scalfari has written two open letters to the pontiff, both of which were published in Scalfari’s Italian daily La Repubblica. Scalfari’s letters appear to have addressed some of the Pope’s reflections in his first encyclical, Lumen fidei.

Any earlier pope would have likely ignored the communiqués, but that’s not Francis’ style. Instead he responded in a three-page-long letter that made the newspaper’s front page:

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Christian Pastor: No One Names Their Kid Barack… ‘Except Crack Whores’

We already know Pastor Steven Anderson has gone from religious-based anti-women hate-rhetoric to just plain spiteful racist bigotry. Last week, he called Mecca a “Giant Black GameCube” and now, in a sermon mentioning the biblical character Barak, he went on a rant against the President:

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