The Joy of Being an Atheist is Beautifully Captured in This New Film

Last year, Chris Johnson released a multimedia book about atheists called A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God. The book was years in the making and came about after one of the most successful Kickstarters for an art book in that site’s history. It was incredible to be a part of the project and I think the final product was just stellar.

In addition to taking pictures of atheists, Chris also shot a lot of video, and he has just released a feature length documentary that compiles interview clips from some of the people in the book. I had a chance to watch the film the other day and it was beautiful — not just how it looked, but what the atheists had to say. I wish I could’ve heard them when I first became an atheists. This is like an extended “It Gets Better” video, featuring Matt Dillahunty, Julia Sweeney, Cara Santa Maria, and several others.

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Useless New Tennessee Law Creates Weekend of Prayer for Students

A new bill signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will designate the first weekend in August as “Tennessee’s Weekend of Prayer Over Students,” when

the people of this state may, in accordance with their own faith and consciences, turn to prayer, meditation, or otherwise give thanks for the students of this state as well as their teachers, administrators, and schools.

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Access to Rational Thinking Helped This Former Skverer Hasidic Jew Shed His Faith… But It Cost Him Dearly

Shulem Deen used to be a Skverer Hasid — an extremely conservative Hasidic Jewish sect.

Used to be.

His new memoir All Who Go Do Not Return is all about how he left that world once he began acquiring some of that sweet secular knowledge:

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Judge Gives Green Light to Woman Suing New Jersey Officials Over Rejected “8THEIST” License Plate

New Jersey does not have a good track record when it comes to handling vanity license plates requests from atheists.

In August of 2013, American Atheists’ President David Silverman requested a plate reading “ATHE1ST” (with a 1) only to have it rejected for being “offensive.” He appealed that decision and the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission quickly reversed course. (Or, as they called it, fixed a “clerical error.”)

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Wellington is the “Godless” Capital of New Zealand… and Other Highlights from the Nation’s Census

The New Zealand Herald went through the 2013 census as well as the Deprivation index (measuring wealth) and combined them in a fascinating interactive chart:

That’s a hell of a lot of color, and the darker it gets, the less religious it is.

What they found won’t surprise you, but it’s fun to point out a couple of things:

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