Christian Parents Angry That Their Kids Will Learn About Islam in School

If you’re in seventh grade, the Tennessee Board of Education says your social studies class must include discussion about what Islam teaches, how it spread throughout world history, and how Muslims have contributed to mathematics, art, literature, etc. Pretty basic stuff.

But a Christian group plans to hold a silent protest outside Vance Middle School in the city of Bristol today, because they don’t want their children to be indoctrinated in any of this “education” bullshit.

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Rebecca Newberger Goldstein Will Receive National Humanities Medal from President Obama

Now this is a neat and well-deserved honor, and it’s going to someone who calls herself a “proud atheist.”

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein will be receiving the National Humanities Award by President Obama for “bringing philosophy into conversation with culture.” She will be one of ten recipients.

Goldstein received praise yesterday from several secular organizations.

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Maybe We Should Be Helping Out the Psychics

Stephan PastisPearls Before Swine comic strip today pretty much illustrates why skeptics should avoid psychics. It’s not likely to go well.

And you don’t even need supernatural powers to predict that.

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Dibs on the Dragon Meat

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In the U.S., 49% of Former Catholics Have Left Organized Religion for Good

Last week, the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service released a comprehensive survey of American Catholics, and we’re still getting reports on what they found.

The latest analysis focuses on where ex-Catholics go — to another religion or out of the game altogether? — and the answer won’t surprise you.

About half of the people who leave Catholicism become “Unaffiliated,” essentially saying goodbye to organized religion altogether:

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