American Atheists Looking to Hire a Public Relations Director

American Atheists is looking to hire a full-time Director of Public Relations to replace Teresa MacBain (who is leaving on good terms). [Read more...]

A Handy Guide to Sacramento’s Freethought Groups

If you have a local atheist group, you know that one of the old-school ways of communicating is to put out a newsletter to let members know what you’ve been up to and what the upcoming events are. It takes a lot of work to put together and it’s likely many people just toss the newsletter away (or delete it).

Several of the local atheist groups in Sacramento, California had the bright idea of putting together a joint newsletter (PDF) — since it’s not like a person can only join one group and so that not every group has to make a newsletter of its own. Smart idea and a long time coming. [Read more...]

If You’d Like to Help Create the Secular Coalition for Illinois…

The Secular Coalition for America is trying to begin a chapter in Illinois and they had limited participation the last time they had a call for those interested in building it. So they’re trying again this Saturday. If you want to help lead or volunteer with this organization, we need you to call in. All [Read More...]

Christian Writer Ruins the Best Song Ever

I wanted to start this post with “Is nothing sacred?” but seeing as I write what I write about, I just couldn’t get past the irony.

I discovered Rufus Wainwright‘s cover of Hallelujah when I was a sophomore in high school. Because I am a regular person with ears, I immediately fell in love with it and used to drive around the suburbs in my Oldsmobile listening to it and feeling like this song “got me, in that way. Over a decade later, I still just adore it.  In fact, I recently dusted off my keyboard and set about teaching myself the Wainwright version.  (It’s not going great, but my boyfriend is really enjoying hearing the opening melody 289 times in a row.)

My point being, this song is awesome.  It’s sad and beautiful and heartbreaking.  I’ve listened to several different versions since I started writing this post.

I am not about to do any kind of analysis of Leonard Cohen‘s lyrics, but look at this: [Read more...]

Church of England Will Allow Gay Men to be Bishops… On One Crazy Condition

In a desperate attempt to prolong its moment in the spotlight, the tired old Church of England has once again found a way to get what should be a positive step oh so very wrong.

It’s been a busy couple of months for the church. First, we had the unsuccessful vote to allow women bishops, followed by worse-than-expected census figures, and, finally, its bizarre exemption from upcoming gay marriage legislation. This time, there’s confusion all around as the church has moved to allow openly gay priests in civil partnerships to become bishops. [Read more...]


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