School District Will Allow Giant Picture of Jesus to Remain Hanging in Middle School

The administrators at Jackson Middle School (in Jackson, Ohio) have decided to keep the giant picture of Jesus hanging on a wall in their school:

After receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation asking them to remove the painting, the school officials had to weigh whether it was worth defending a sign that had been hanging for 75 years (“Tradition!”)… or avoid a costly lawsuit and do what’s right for the students by taking it down.

Last night, the school board announced that they would throw away money that could be spent on their kids’ education by leaving the picture up there and eventually losing a lawsuit. (Though they probably didn’t use those exact words…) [Read more...]

Lying Reverend Gets Fired from the Christian Post

Looks like the Christian Post did the right thing after all!

Recently, one of their contributors, Rev. Austin Miles, wrote a piece, got berated by an atheist commenter for a particular phrase he used, then edited the piece to remove it. All of that is perfectly acceptable, as long as you acknowledge you made the change.

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There’s Nothing Wrong with Being an Atheist, Congresswoman

Everyone needs to begin a slow clap for Chris Stedman for his message to newly-elected, “unaffiliated” Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema:

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When It Comes to Factual Knowledge About Mormonism, the ‘Nones’ Score Highest

Somehow, I missed this report (PDF) on Mormonism from the Pew Research Center a couple of weeks ago when it came out, but it was too interesting not to mention.

When it comes to factual knowledge about Mormonism — when it was founded (after 1800) and where the Book of Mormon says Jesus appeared (“the Americas”) — guess who knows the most about the religion?

We do.

(And that’s why we’re not Mormon.) [Read more...]

Apply for the 2013 American Atheists Scholarship!

If you’re a college student (or a high school senior about to enter college), American Atheists has some money for you!

If you’ve done any activism this past year individually or with a group, if you’ve written letters-to-the-editor which were published, if you were an outspoken atheist in some way or another, you should think about applying.

The winner receives a $2,000 scholarship. The runner-up receives $1,000. And there is also an LGBT-specific scholarship worth $1,000: [Read more...]


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