Thanks to Christians Wanting to Distribute Bibles, Orange County (FL) Schools Will Soon Give Away Satanist Literature

In January of 2013, World Changers of Florida, Inc. held Bible distributions at a number of public high schools in Orange County, Florida. No student would be forced to take one, but there would be a table set up where interested students could take a copy if they wanted:

This alone could have been illegal, but the Orange County School Board agreed that non-Christian groups could also have a distribution if they wanted. The Central Florida Freethought Community (CFFC) called their bluff and planned their own giveaways.

The only problem was that their books were heavily censored:

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Attorney Charging Teen with Desecration of Jesus Statue Had Affair in His Office and Posted Porn Audio on Twitter

I posted last week about a 14-year-old boy from Pennsylvania who thought it would be hilarious to take pictures with a local Jesus statue as if he were getting a mock-blowjob from the Lord.

He’s currently facing two years in prison for this supposed desecration, a charge that is wildly out of proportion for what he did. As I said before, I don’t condone his actions, but bad taste and immaturity aren’t crimes.

The story gets even crazier when you consider two facts:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 17: Pam Mueller, Jeopardy Champion

Our latest podcast guest is Pam Mueller, Jeopardy! champion:

Pam may be best known as a frequent contestant on Jeopardy! where she has won more than $180,000 during her many, many episodes, including her run to become champion of the 2000 College Tournament and her recent appearances on the “Battle of the Decades” Tournament. She also worked on Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign, graduated from Harvard Law School, and is now a grad student in Psychology at Princeton University.

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Vote for Your Favorite Godless Invocation Since Greece v. Galloway

Right after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of sectarian prayers (both religious and non-religious) at government meetings in Greece v. Galloway, the Freedom From Religion Foundation decided to hold a contest for best secular invocation: The individual judged to give the “best” secular invocation will be invited to open FFRF’s annual convention with the [Read More...]

Countering the Straw Man of “Spockian” Atheism

In a piece at NPR entitled “Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk,” University of California, Berkeley philosophy professor Alva Noë posted his thoughts on what he calls a “Spockian” worldview. He rejects this “Spock-ism” (a reference to the character on Star Trek) and its

idea that science is logical, purely rational, that it is detached and value-free, and that it is, for all these reasons, morally superior.

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