For weeks now, I’ve been writing about how Clark County (Washington) officials have gone back and forth over a plan to put up an “In God We Trust” sign in city hall. A few days ago, they decided to vote in favor of the sign, much to the chagrin of church/state separation advocates.
After County Votes to Put Up “In God We Trust” Sign, Atheist Petitions to Put Up “In Dissenters We Believe” Sign
Our latest podcast guest is Daniel Genis, a former atheist prisoner.
Genis (rhymes with “tennis”) grew up in New York City, where he attended Stuyvesant High School and New York University, graduating with a degree in history and French. In 2003, however, he committed five armed robberies, which led to a decade behind bars. During that time, he wrote a novel called Narcotica. Now that he’s out, he’s been writing about the intersection of religion and incarceration for publications like Vice, Deadspin, the Washington Post. New York Daily News, and Newsweek.
We spoke with Daniel about the soul exchange that got him in trouble, why we should feel any sympathy for him, and what he hopes to do now that he’s a free man.
“A reliable source of truth… a voice of clarity, wisdom and understanding about [the] issues,”
Her impeccable credentials thus established, let’s take a quick look at what Ms. Loudon has to say about the presence at CPAC of American Atheists president Dave Silverman. CPAC is the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. The footage below, which we hadn’t posted before, is from last year, when CPAC organizers told American Atheists, after first accepting their money and promising them a booth, that they weren’t welcome after all (the money was returned; this year, though, AA had an official presence at CPAC).
In 2014, Silverman stuck around anyway, working the place like a professional gadfly.
Atheist Billboard with the Words “Easter” and “Church” Rejected in Nashville for Being Too “Aggressive”
American Atheists has its annual convention this Easter weekend in Memphis, Tennessee. As has been the group’s custom in recent years, they decided to purchase a couple of billboards to advertise the gathering. And this is what they wanted to put up:
Cute billboard! (You may remember that little girl from such previous billboards as this one.) As far as “aggressive” goes, this is pretty tame for American Atheists. They’re not attacking Christians, unless you consider disagreement with Christian beliefs an “attack.” Indeed, the billboard was approved in Memphis — you can see it on the road today.
But it was denied in Nashville, a few hours away. The company said AA couldn’t use the words “Easter” or “church” because they were somehow attacking Christianity.
So American Atheists tried again with this passive-aggressive adjustment:
A church in Madison, Tennessee, may be getting a new neighbor: a swingers club is hoping to move in close-by.
The club has operated at 700 Division St. but is looking to relocate to 520 Lentz Drive in Madison, adjacent to Goodpasture Christian School, where the back sides of the two properties touch.
And the congregants know that bad things will happen when back sides touch:
A community-wide prayer meeting held at the school Sunday appealed to God and community leaders to keep that from happening.