You Might Live in the Bible Belt if…

My friend Neil Carter, who writes at Godless in Dixie, gave a talk to the Chattanooga Humanist Assembly a couple of weeks ago. Part of the talk was a spin on Jeff Foxworthy‘s “You might be a Redneck if…” bit where Neil explained how you know you live in the Bible Belt.

It would be funnier if it wasn’t so damn depressing. Still, watch it and see how much of it is familiar to you:



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This is What Happens When Headline Writers Don’t Know Their Statistics

Last week, the Pew Research Center released a survey showing that being an atheist was the most negative trait a presidential candidate could posses:

You can see from the list that being an atheist was a worse quality than having never held office, having an affair, being in your 70s, being gay or lesbian, etc.

But then I started seeing headlines like this one from the Daily Caller:

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What Happened to the NFL Prospect Who Ditched the Scouting Combine Because God Told Him To?

Remember Adam Muema? He’s the running back from San Diego State University who ditched the NFL’s Scouting Combine because he said God told him he would be drafted by the Seattle Seahawks if he left early:

Not only was he not drafted by the Seahawks, he wasn’t drafted at all.

Kevin Van Valkenburg, writing for ESPN The Magazine, attempted to get in touch with Muema after he left the Combine — and the full story about Muema’s whereabouts tell a much more disturbing story, including the mention of a self-proclaimed modern-day Christ named Lord RayEl.

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New York Teacher Tells Atheist Student She’s Unpatriotic and Disrespectful for Refusing to Stand for the Pledge

You would think public schools would have figured out by now how to handle saying the Pledge of Allegiance. It’s simple, really: Students don’t have to stand for the Pledge. They don’t have to give a reason. And they certainly cannot get punished for sitting it out. That’s true whether we’re talking about atheists who don’t want to pledge that we’re a nation “Under God” or Jehovah’s Witnesses who consider it idolatry.

But officials at Southside High School in the Elmira City School District in New York never got the memo. There, an atheist student has been made to feel like shit by her teacher for not standing up during the daily recitation.

According to a letter to the district’s superintendent and principal from the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the problem has been going on for a while:

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North Carolina High School’s Band Booster Event Takes an Illegal Christian Turn

Over the weekend, North Carolina’s North Buncombe High School held a Band Boosters event to honor veterans and fundraise for the band’s upcoming trip to Hawaii. All of that was perfectly fine. But then the event took an illegal Christian turn:



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