American Atheists Releases Statement About Boston Marathon Explosions

Obviously, most of the information we have is premature right now, but American Atheists just released this statement:

American Atheists President David Silverman said, “As a native of the Boston area, I am terribly upset about this news. Our hearts go out to the families of the two people who died today, and we wish a speedy recovery to the injured runners and spectators… We call upon those in the area as well as anyone else who wants to help to donate blood and hope investigators are able to find out what happened quickly and safely.”

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God or Godless?: A Written Debate Between an Atheist and a Christian

Atheist John W. Loftus and Christian Randal Rauser have co-authored a new book in which they debate a variety of questions about faith. It’s called God or Godless?: One Atheist. One Christian. Twenty Controversial Questions.

The introduction to the book is below:

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Ask Richard: Young Atheist’s Friendship Challenged by Attempts to Save Her Soul

Note: The names in this letter are changed to protect people’s privacy. Dear Richard, I am an eighteen-year-old atheist high school student. I would consider myself “semi-out” as many of my friends know of my atheism but most of my relatives do not. (My older brother is also an atheist, and we are both waiting [Read More...]

Whatever Happened to the Young Atheist Whose Family Filed a Lawsuit Against a Christian Rapper and a School District?

Let’s go back to September of 2011, to New Heights Middle School in South Carolina. The school is located in Chesterfield County, a place that’s home to over two hundred Christian churches.

I wrote about an incident that happened there in The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide:

Not only did [Chapman] use his time to rail against atheism, evolution, and homosexuality, he told the students that “a relationship with Jesus is what you need, more important than anything else.” Christian rapper Bryan Edmonds (a.k.a. B-SHOC) later joined him onstage and performed “overtly Christian songs” for the crowd. Even the principal joined the mix by telling students to attend a local church.

But that wasn’t all. Students were told to sign a pledge dedicating themselves to Jesus Christ and teachers were told to pray with students before returning to the classroom. Afterward, the public school’s own website declared that “[b]efore the day ended, 324 kids had either been saved, or had re-committed their lives to the Lord.”

We know about this incident for two main reasons.

First, B-SHOC idiotically posted a video of the event to YouTube (the relevant portion begins at the 3:04 mark):

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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Declare ‘National Fast Day’ to Honor God, Prayer, and Abraham Lincoln

One of the reasons church-state separation groups go after bills and resolutions that contain even a bit of religion-promotion is that they know they can’t let anything slide. They let the word “God” appear on our currency, which seems like no big deal… until decades later, when Christians use that as evidence that we’re a “Christian nation,” whatever that means.

On March 31st, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring April 30th of that year a “Day of Fasting and Prayer”:

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