What Do You Say to Christians Who Say They’ve Been to Heaven?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, responds to the claim some Christians have made about “dying,” going to Heaven, and then coming back to Earth to tell us all about it through their bestselling books:

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!

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An Atheist Gamethon to Benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

This Saturday, JT Eberhard will host an all-day gamethon to benefit the Foundation Beyond Belief and it’s work with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

If you’d like to participate, watch along, or just donate to a good cause, you can get all the information you need right here!

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The Creator of the Original Atheist Bus Campaign is Back and She Wants Everyone to Give Just One Thing

Ariane Sherine, the British journalist whose idea for the Atheist Bus Campaign nearly five years ago launched all those billboards and bus ads, is back after a long hiatus to launch her latest campaign: encouraging people to give:

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Even in the Celibacy Wars, Progressives and Conservatives Fight to Claim Pope Francis for Their Side

He accepts the validity of same-sex relationships… unless he doesn’t. He’s calling on the Church to spend less time talking about contraception and abortion… but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still very serious sins. He even tried to get atheists into heaven… or did he?

At every possible opportunity, Catholics who want to see changes in the way the Church functions are getting caught up in rhetorical battles with Catholics who support the status quo, both sides arguing passionately for the claim that Pope Francis is on their side.

The latest issue is the celibate priesthood. For the previous pope, Benedict XVI, the question was closed: priests must continue to be male and celibate (or at least theoretically celibate). Some Catholics see hope for change in the person of Pope Francis. Supporters of celibacy, however, hasten to assure such wayward souls that Pope Francis intends to carry out business as usual in the Catholic Church.

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Atheist Ads in Vancouver Get Rejected by Billboard Agency

In 2009, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that transit officials could not ban political advertising — it was free speech even if it was controversial, so it had to be allowed. The ruling had the wonderfully unintended effect of opening the door for atheists to place ads of their own on buses across the country.

But that ruling applied to public transportation run by the government. What about billboards? They’re usually privately owned, but often on public property…

That question doesn’t have a clear-cut answer and Pattison Outdoor Advertising (a major billboard vendor in Vancouver, British Columbia) is betting that they have a right to reject atheist-themed billboards.

A few months ago, they told the Centre For Inquiry that the ads they submitted would not be accepted by the company:

The reason for the rejection?

… silence. The company offered no explanation at all. (I suppose it’s a total coincidence that its owner, Jim Pattison, is an evangelical Christian.)

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