After Meeting with Mayor Who Spurned Them, Omaha Atheists Now Say the Issue is Closed

Last month, the city of La Vista, Nebraska hosted a “Faith & Freedom Day.” Omaha Atheists board member Robert Fuller wanted to know why the city was supporting a faith-based event, so he went up to Mayor Douglas Kindig (below), handed him a business card, a requested to meet at a later time to discuss possible church/state violations.

Kindig responded by telling Fuller, “Take me to fucking court because I don’t care,” and “Minorities are not going to run my city.”

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3 Reasons It Makes Sense to Live Together Before Marriage

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses why living together before marriage makes a lot of sense:



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Lot is the Worst, Isn’t He?

Number0neSon introduces us to another one of the Bible’s worst characters: Lot:



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Two Atheist Charities Merge to Have a Greater Impact in Times of Need

Last November, after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, the American Humanist Association’s Humanist Charities raised more than $25,000 in a single day. Foundation Beyond Belief’s Humanist Crisis Response program raised more than $61,000.

That’s just one example of what the two charities have done in times of crisis by appealing to atheists who want to help out.

Now, the two charities have joined forces to become one large relief group (under Foundation Beyond Belief’s umbrella) “in order to further promote humanist philanthropy and more efficiently channel aid and funding to charitable causes.”

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MIT May Be the Next School to Have a Humanist Chaplain

Last month, MIT announced that graduation ceremonies would no longer have a religious invocation:

In response to recent requests that the Commencement Committee reconsider the nature of the invocation that opens the Exercises on Killian Court, we first gathered input from the student body via a survey that yielded nearly 600 responses. The next step was a meeting to review the survey data that included student leaders Anika Gupta and Sid Rao as well as representatives from the Secular Society of MIT. From this conversation and from the responses of students to the survey, consensus emerged that a neutral, non-religious invocation would be welcome and broadly appealing. Chaplain to the Institute Robert Randolph was engaged to discuss the universal nature of this message, and the desires expressed by a wide range of student voices.

The committee thanks the students who participated in the process and all those who shared their thoughts via the survey. In 2014 and beyond, Dr. Randolph will deliver an inclusive, secular invocation in which he calls on graduating students to reflect on their education with gratitude and hope as they commence to work wisely, creatively, and effectively toward the betterment of humankind.

Respectfully,

Chancellor Eric Grimson, Chair
Professor Les Norford, Commencement Marshal
Ms. Gayle Gallagher, Executive Officer for Commencement
Commencement Committee
May 9, 2014

The impetus for that change was an opinion piece in the The Tech written by the former president of the Secular Society of MIT, Aaron Scheinberg.

Now, Scheinberg is off and running on his next big project: Creating MIT’s first Humanist Chaplaincy.

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