After Refusing to Write About Minor Pledge of Allegiance Conflict at City Council Meeting, Reporter Gets Fired

This is a story about not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance… and it has little to do with atheism.

Last week, Tom Casey, a reporter for the Hudson (NY) Register-Star, attended a city council meeting and wrote up a report on what happened. Lots of budget stuff. Nothing most of us outside of Hudson (and probably many inside of Hudson) really care about. [Read more...]

The Explosion of Christian Conspiracy Theories in Obama’s America

Conspiracy theories have always been popular in America to one degree or another. Way back when, they proliferated by word of mouth. Fast-forward to the late 20th century and the preferred mode of dissemination became fax machines. Today, the Internet.

Scanning the post-election comment threads at Breitbart.com has been instructive. The mindset of hateful conspiracy theorists who flood that site on a regular basis (its influence continues to expand) is worthwhile for the skeptically-minded to grok, because they provide insight into how the fundamentalist religious mind functions. (Many of these commenters are themselves Christian fundamentalists.) [Read more...]

Christian Refuses to Drive Bus because of Pro-Gay Ad on Side

Late this week, a Yorkshire (UK) bus driver refused to drive his bus because it had an ad on the side promoting the LGBT-friendly charity Stonewall: [Read more...]

The Religious Makeup of the 113th Congress

What are the religious affiliations of members of the 113th Congress?

Pretty similar to the American public — Overwhelmingly Christian with a spattering of Jews, Muslims, and followers of other faiths.

Except in one category… [Read more...]

DJ Grothe on An Atheist’s Purpose in Life

DJ Grothe, president of the James Randi Educational Foundation and long-time activist, filmed a segment for Chris Johnson‘s multimedia book about atheists and what gives them joy and meaning in life.

In the segment below, Grothe talks about what gives him meaning and purpose in life (hint: it’s not God): [Read more...]


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