Time Magazine Says ‘There Are No Atheists at the Grand Canyon,’ Claims that ‘Awe Equals Religion’

Remember how Time magazine editors have been known to misrepresent atheists?

I don’t know — maybe that’s considered smart business at a publication that sees its sales spike with each Jesus cover.

Whatever the case, Time is at it is again.

In the “Science and Space” section (so you know it’s true!), the magazine offers this.

Headline:

Why There Are No Atheists at the Grand Canyon


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Comedian Pete Holmes to Pastor Rob Bell: ‘Do You Think Jesus Ever Surfed or Was Definitely a Real Person?’

Comedian Pete Holmes interviewed hipster Christian author Rob Bell — while surfing — for his new late-night show. The clip is mostly lackluster, but it’s not often you hear someone ask a Christian pastor to do shrooms with him or try to recreate the gag-inducing “Footprints” poem.

The highlight, though, is when Holmes asks Bell at the 0:47 mark: “Do you think Jesus ever surfed or was definitely a real person?”

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Foundation Beyond Belief Seeks Spring Interns

The Foundation Beyond Belief is looking for a few interns for the spring:

Experience in the nonprofit sector is not a requirement but is certainly a plus, as are experience working with local groups, research skills, and writing experience. Foundation Beyond Belief is happy to work with students who are participating in internship credit programs through their school.

Although interns often have tasks that overlap several areas of Foundation operations, each intern is primarily focused on one specific program area. Candidates should apply to only one internship position, but may indicate interest in other roles.

It’s a great organization and our volunteers do a wonderful job. More information is right here. The deadline is Sunday night, so apply soon!

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Massachusetts Governor Issues Proclamation Declaring This Sunday ‘Humanist Community Day’

In conjunction with this weekend’s opening of the Humanist Hub, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has issued a proclamation declaring Sunday to be Humanist Community Day: Whereas December 8, 2013 marks the first-ever public event at the Humanist Hub, a center supporting community life for Humanists, atheists, agnostics and the nonreligious in Cambridge and beyond; and [Read More...]

Beyond Belief: If Lawmakers Get Their Wish, Islamic Flags and Prayer Banners Will Be a Fixture of Ohio Schools

This eye-popping story is from today’s Columbus Dispatch. I can’t wait for the response from FOX News, Rush Limbaugh, and the fine folks at freerepublic.com.

An Islamic flag and a Muslim prayer banner could be hung prominently in public schools if two state representatives persuade fellow lawmakers to pass the Ohio Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Rep. Tim Derickson, a Republican from Oxford and one of the co-sponsors, called the bill introduced yesterday “a preventive attempt” to block further encroachment on expression of religious freedom. He cited examples such as prohibition of prayer in schools and public places, zoning issues for churches, and public expression of religious faith, such as wearing a Star of David or displaying reverent scenes from the Qur’an.

Asked if the law, had it been in effect, would have affected recent cases where Ohio schools were forced to remove images celebrating Islam, Rep. Bill Patmon, D-Cleveland, said, “You would have a better opportunity of keeping [those pictures] up.”

OK, I did make a few strategic changes to the newspaper’s actual words (and, for good measure, added a little something to the photo).

Here’s the original (real) story:

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