Help Us Out and Tell Us What You Do!

We’ve posted this in the past. If you’ve already responded, there’s no need to do it again. Thanks!

Every now and then, the writers on this site will be working on a post about, say, the difference between the geology of the Grand Canyon versus city streets… and we realize it would be great if we could talk to atheists who actually study that subject! Maybe we want to quote you in the post. Or (more likely) we just need to ask you a question about geology in general.

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Church/State Separation Under Fire in Ohio; Check Out These Bills Being Considered

This is a guest post written by Michael Gregory. Michael spent three years in the Ohio Army National Guard. He writes at Heretic’s Log.

In case you aren’t aware, the Ohio government website maintains a spreadsheet containing bills and resolutions of the Senate and House. The 104-page PDF file, while not as easy to update, is a lot easier to skim through for anything of interest. And when it comes to church/state separation, there are a number of items that are, not surprisingly, questionable.

House Bill No. 82, originally sponsored by the late Terry Blair (Republican and Catholic) and Bill Hayes (Republican), was introduced in order to exempt religious institutions from the Ohio Civil Rights Law. Not only does this include churches, but the bill, if approved, would amend the definition of “employer” to exclude religious entities by adding the following underlined portion to the current law:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 8: Peter Montgomery,

***Update***: We have better sound quality! And music!

Our latest podcast guest is Peter Montgomery, a senior fellow at People for the American Way, where he also contributes to their brilliant Right Wing Watch blog.

We spoke with Peter about how the team members at Right Wing Watch maintain their sanity while watching The 700 Club, who the most influential Christian Right leader is, and what Rick Santorum‘s new movie (yep) is like.

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Did a Baptist Preacher’s Online Bullying Drive a Teenager to Suicide?

Ergun Caner is the alleged evangelical con man who pretended to be a defected ex-Muslim terrorist from Turkey and was the dean for Liberty University’s seminary until his actual past as a non-Muslim Swedish immigrant was exposed about a year ago. He continues to work as a Baptist minister and is currently the president of Brewton-Parker College in Georgia.

Criticism aside for a moment, his 15-year-old son Braxton reportedly committed suicide last week. Caner confirmed the death on Twitter, saying:

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It’s Still Hard to Be an Atheist in America, Says the BBC

When I was at the Secular Student Alliance conference in Ohio last month, a reporter from the BBC was there to speak with some of the students. The article is now out — and it’s riddled with mistakes, I have to point out — but this passage is indicative of just how hard it still is (in some places) to be an atheist:

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