Edwin Kagin, the ‘Legal Heart of American Atheists’ and Co-Founder of Camp Quest, Is Dead

Edwin Kagin was one of the first atheist leaders I ever had a chance to meet in person. When I was running a Secular Student Alliance group in college, we were very excited that Edwin, the Kentucky State Director of American Atheists at the time, agreed to come to Chicago to debate a Catholic professor about the existence of God. The event drew several hundred audience members to our mostly-commuter school and gave our group a lot of energy, momentum, and additional members. That was well over a decade ago and Edwin has been a friend to me ever since, most recently giving me permission to include his essay “Thoughts for Atheists at Graduation” in my book The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide.

On Friday, American Atheists confirmed that Edwin had died at the age of 73.



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After Christians Distribute Bibles at Elementary Schools, Atheists Ask Permission to do the Same… and Get It

Last fall, the ACLU of Kentucky sent letters to superintendents in the state warning them about how Gideons International, the Bibles-in-your-hotel-room people, were often given access to public elementary school children, “solely for the purpose of actively distributing copies of New Testament Bibles directly to students.”

It didn’t stop Casey County School District Superintendent Marion Sowders from allowing the Gideons into the district’s three elementary schools earlier this year.

If you were a non-Christian group, how would you respond?

Rather than filing a complaint, the Tri-State Freethinkers decided they just wanted equal access. You let the Gideons give away material to children? Then we want to do the same. So with the help of the ACLU, they sent a letter to Sowders requesting that books about Humanism be left for students to pick up.

It worked.

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Secular Therapist Project Helps Its 3000th Client!

Here’s some good news: The Secular Therapist Project has registered its 3000th client!



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Why Should Anyone Promote Atheism? Here’s One Professor’s Great Response

Someone asked Philosophy professor Dr. Peter Boghossian, author of A Manual for Creating Atheists, what his goal was in promoting atheism.

His response was fantastic (beginning at the 2:18 mark):

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Jimmy Wales: Wikipedia Won’t Pretend the ‘Work of Lunatic Charlatans is the Equivalent of True Scientific Discourse’

I don’t know what the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology was thinking starting a petition to get Wikipedia to treat their pseudoscience more favorably.

… people who are interested in the benefits of Energy Medicine, Energy Psychology, and specific approaches such as the Emotional Freedom Techniques, Thought Field Therapy and the Tapas Acupressure Technique, turn to [Wikipedia's] pages, trust what they read, and do not pursue getting help from these approaches which research has, in fact, proven to be of great benefit to many.

They urged petitioners not to give any money to Wikipedia unless these changes were made.

However, their efforts were slammed by none other than Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who wrote up a blistering rebuttal:

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