Cardinal Keith O’Brien Resigns After Allegations of Inappropriate Behavior

February has been a strange month for the Catholic Church. While those enthralled by the bubble that is the Vatican are still reeling after the Pope’s resignation, today, the most senior Catholic in Britain has been forced to step down amid allegations of “inappropriate behavior” dating back to the 1980s. 

Cardinal Keith O’Brien (current holder of Stonewall’s ‘Bigot of the Year’ award) has been the Archbishop of St Andrews since 1985 and a Cardinal since 2003. He was due to step down from his post in March due to his age, but the Pope has now requested he leave early. [Read more...]

Man Claims the Bird Poop on His Car Looks Like Jesus

… and he has a point: [Read more...]

Parent Moves to End Religious Observance in Edinburgh Schools

A petition has appeared on the Edinburgh City Council website raising the issue of religious observances in non-denominational schools in the city.

Currently, all schools in Edinburgh (be they non-religious state schools or otherwise) are required to provide religious education as well as opportunities to participate in religious observances. The legal mandate to do so dates all the way back to 1872. [Read more...]

What is the Foundation Beyond Belief?

The most rewarding bit of activism I do right now is being on the board of directors for the Foundation Beyond Belief. It’s a group I mention frequently on this site and one I hope you all consider joining. [Read more...]

The Awesome Ability to Contemplate Our Existence in the Universe

Cara Santa Maria, senior science correspondent for the Huffington Post, recently filmed a segment for Chris Johnson‘s multimedia book about atheists and what gives them joy and meaning in life.

In the segment below, she talks about the Carl Sagan quotation “We are a way for the cosmos to know itself,” and how we’ve evolved this amazing ability to comprehend our own existence in the universe: [Read more...]


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