Atheist Pumpkin-Carving Contest

American Atheists is giving away a free ticket to next year’s National Convention in Memphis (and a year of free membership) to the winner of a pumpkin carving contest. And nothing says scary like a pumpkin that promotes godlessness:

The rules are pretty simple:

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Sheriff’s Office is Guided by the Five “C”s… Including Christ

The Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office in Waverly, Tennessee has an unusual logo, which it uses on both its official website and as the profile picture for the department on Facebook:

Nice words there: Commitment, Compassion, Courage, Communication… and Christ?

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Church-Sponsored Elementary School Bible Classes May Come to a Halt if Creationism is Being Taught

If you want to teach the Bible at a public school, it has to be done objectively, as literature, and geared toward students who can understand that distinction. Anything that suggests the book is factual crosses the line — and that happens all too often.

Which is why it’s especially disturbing to learn that several elementary schools teach Bible classes in North Carolina’s Rowan-Salisbury School System.



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How Would Discovering Extraterrestrial Life Affect the World’s Religions?

According to Vanderbilt Professor of Astronomy David Weintraub, a majority of atheists believe in extraterrestrial life. That’s one of the revelations he discusses in his new book Religions and Extraterrestrial Life:

Specifically, he found that 55% of atheists believed in aliens while the number was lower for religious believers. Only 44% of Muslims, 37% of Jews, 36% of Hindus, and 32% of Christians felt the same way.

This is actually not a surprising claim.

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We Understand That the “Fittest” Survive, but How Did They Get That Way in the First Place?

How do random mutations in our genes really create the kind of diversity of life we see in the world today? Charles Darwin certainly had no idea, since the genetic revolution happened long after he died.

Now, researcher and evolutionary biologist Dr. Andreas Wagner has written a book explaining how life can adapt in a way that’s much faster than simple random variations. It’s called Arrival of the Fittest:

In the excerpt below, Wagner explains the concept of the “Universal Library”:

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