High School Holds ‘Fictional Character Day’; Atheist Student Dresses Up as Jesus

A couple of months ago, Summit High School in Spring Hill, Tennessee held a “Fictional Character Day” in which students could come to school dressed as their favorite fictional character. Like the Mad Hatter. Or Darth Vader. Or SpongeBob SquarePants. Jeff Shott came dressed as Jesus. Before class even started that day, Shott was asked [Read More…]

Jack Black: ‘I’m Kind of an Atheist’

In an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday, Jack Black stated that he was an atheist who got his “spiritual needs” in other ways. You can hear it around the 14:10 mark in the interview: “I don’t have any real spirituality in my life — I’m kind of an atheist — but when music can [Read More…]

Your Soul for a Cookie

Rekindle Reason, the atheist group at the University of Pennsylvania, recently handed out chocolate chip cookies to fellow students. In return, they just wanted their souls. Or their pets’ souls. Visiting parents could hand over their childrens’ souls. It didn’t matter. Any old soul would do. With a table and whiteboard on the Walk, group [Read More…]

Creationist Don McLeroy Appears on Colbert Report

In case you missed it, last night Don McLeroy, the former chair of the Texas Board of Education, appeared on the Colbert Report. You get a striking sense that McLeroy had no idea what he was walking into — that he was the butt of the joke. Sure, he’s the subject of a new documentary, [Read More…]

Alabama Town’s Religious Signs Come Down After FFRF Takes Notice

This is the way Sylvania, Alabama greets visitors to the town: How did Ephesians 4:5 get in there…? I don’t know, but four different signs use that same Biblical message to welcome people — and all four are illegal. So the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent Mayor Mitchell Dendy a letter explaining the problem (PDF) [Read More…]