City Council Votes Down Mosque Saying It Can’t Be in Retail Space… Months After Approving Church in Retail Space

On Monday night, the Kennesaw City Council (in Georgia) voted down a proposed Islamic center located in a strip mall… but even that was an obstacle in itself:

… when the time came, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Matthews had trouble getting the council to take a vote at all. No member would second the motion to proceed.

After several very awkward pauses, the council finally voted. Four of the five members voted “no”.

Why would they say no when the Muslims fulfilled all the requirements of any group looking to acquire the space? Council member Debra Williams (below) made clear this had nothing to do with anti-Islamic prejudice:



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Many Christmas Traditions Have Little To Do with Christianity

Seth Andrews explains how atheists can celebrate Christmas even though we don’t believe in the Christian myth — and it’s the same reason we don’t care about the origins of the days of the week. In fact, there’s a lot of history behind Christmas traditions that aren’t Bible-based at all:



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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit from Kansas Group Claiming the Teaching of Evolution in Science Class Promotes Atheism

Last year, the Kansas State Board of Education was sued for — wait for it — promoting atheism by way of evolution. I know you can’t even say the words “Kansas” and “Science” in the same sentence without laughing, but that really happened.

The group Citizens for Objective Public Education, Inc. (COPE) filed the lawsuit because they believed the new science standards adopted by the Board of Education, which included the teaching of evolution, were endorsing an atheistic worldview:



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A Conversation With Talk Nerdy‘s Cara Santa Maria

A little over a week ago, I had a chance to chat with Cara Santa Maria for her podcast Talk Nerdy. It was one of the most free-flowing and longform conversations I’ve had in a while — we spoke about atheism, math, working online, and 938423423 other things. (I also learned a *ton* about how to podcast better, because she’s a pro at it.)

You can hear our conversation here:



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Are Online Comment Threads the Best Places for Religious Discussion? These People Seem to Think So

There are Internet trolls… and then there are people who genuinely disagree with you who will comment on just about everything you write. Is there a difference?

Kimberly Winston spoke with several atheist “super-commenters” (which is a lovely euphemism) who do their best to sway opinions in the comments sections on websites like Religion News Service and Christian news sites:



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