New Atheist Billboards Show a Smiling Santa Saying “Go Ahead and Skip Church!”

New billboards from American Atheists just went up in Raleigh, North Carolina and Colorado Springs, Colorado — two cities known for their religiosity.



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A Descendant of the Founder of Hasidic Judaism Just Came Out As an Atheist Trans Woman

When I read about Abby Stein in a Jewish Telegraphic Agency article, I knew I wanted to talk to her. She’s 24, a student in Brooklyn, and the descendant of a founder of Hasidic Judaism, Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezer (also known as the Baal Shem Tov).

Four years ago, she left the Hasidic faith in which she was raised, and about a month ago, she came out publicly — including to her conservative family — as a transgender woman.

When it comes to gender roles, Hasidic Judaism is arguably one of the strictest religions in how it upholds specific rules and responsibilities for men and women. Understandably, Stein’s coming out hasn’t gone over well with her family, particularly with her father. But she’s found a safe space in liberal Jewish circles where she’s accepted for her true self, and she blogs regularly to share news about her gender identity, her journey, and her relationship to her past and present faith.

Stein and I talked on the phone about her interest not only in atheism, but in progressive Judaism, humanism, philosophy, and the many other pieces that make up who she is.

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Students Heckled Ex-Muslim During Talk; Now, They Want the Video Removed from YouTube

Last week, activist Maryam Namazie gave a speech at Goldsmiths, University of London, during which she was heckled by students from the school’s Islamic Society (who were, in turn, supported by the school’s Feminist Society and LGBTQ+ Society). They couldn’t handle her criticism of their bad ideas. You can see just how awful it all was in the video below, specifically at the 14:40 and 35:20 marks.



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New Report Says Britain is No Longer a Christian Nation and Must Reflect That In Its Policies

For the past two years, the “Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life” has been putting together a report on the proper role of religious in society. The 19-member committee, which included Andrew Copson of the British Humanist Association, was to make policy recommendations as well.

They issued their final report today, and it’s causing massive headaches for those who thrive on Christian privilege.

The report (which wasn’t available in full at the time I wrote this) makes clear that Britain is no longer a Christian country in any meaningful sense and should be systematically de-Christianized:



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I Assume They Had Devil’s Food Cake for Dessert

Don’t you hate it when your new girlfriend’s parents turn out to be super-religious?



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