Zombie Nativity Scene Draws $500 Fine from Ohio Town

Last year, Ohio resident Jasen Dixon put up a Zombie-themed Nativity scene at his home, only to be told he had to take it down because it violated local ordinances about size and location of such displays.

Dixon didn’t take it down, but he responded as any good internet-dweller would: He vowed to make this year’s Nativity scene bigger and better — and compliant with the law. He even started an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for his project, netting $878 in the process.

His display is finally back up! But not without controversy.



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Ted Cruz Tells Crowd a Tale of Religious Persecution That Turns Out to Be Completely False

It’s not like we don’t know that Ted Cruz has a long and storied history of playing fast and loose with the facts. His fans may not mind, but of the statements by Cruz that have been evaluated by Politifact, the website rates only 5% of them as true, and only 34% as true, mostly true or half true. That means the remaining 66% are either mostly false, false, or pants-on-fire false. In short, Cruz is more a truthiness kind of guy than a truthful one.

Cruz once again flaunted his aversion to accuracy at a campaign event yesterday, telling the kind of religious persecution story that Todd Starnes dreams of.



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A Rap Song About the Causes of Climate Chaos

Baba Brinkman, the man behind the “Rap Guide to Evolution,” will soon release the “Rap Guide to Climate Chaos.”

Here’s the first single, “Make It Hot“:



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A Compilation of Sean Faircloth’s Best Arguments and Comebacks

Here’s an excellent compilation of Sean Faircloth‘s best arguments and comebacks. Faircloth is the former Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America and current chair of the Bangor (Maine) City Council.



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Freethinker Group Holds “Ask an Atheist” Panel Discussion

On the evening of November 21st, the Antelope Valley Freethinkers (AVF) in Lancaster, California held an open panel of five atheists to answer anyone’s questions about atheism, agnosticism, Humanism, and other issues around religion. I was very honored to be invited to participate on the panel. We were hosted by the Center for Spiritual Living. AVF President David Dionne described it this way:

This isn’t a debate with winners and losers; it’s an opportunity to address biases and misconceptions, and promote better understanding and acceptance of nonbelievers through civil discourse. Our goal is that everyone who participates will come away with something positive and affirming. Consider bringing a religious friend or two!



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