Access to Rational Thinking Helped This Former Skverer Hasidic Jew Shed His Faith… But It Cost Him Dearly

Shulem Deen used to be a Skverer Hasid — an extremely conservative Hasidic Jewish sect.

Used to be.

His new memoir All Who Go Do Not Return is all about how he left that world once he began acquiring some of that sweet secular knowledge:



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Judge Gives Green Light to Woman Suing New Jersey Officials Over Rejected “8THEIST” License Plate

New Jersey does not have a good track record when it comes to handling vanity license plates requests from atheists.

In August of 2013, American Atheists’ President David Silverman requested a plate reading “ATHE1ST” (with a 1) only to have it rejected for being “offensive.” He appealed that decision and the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission quickly reversed course. (Or, as they called it, fixed a “clerical error.”)



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Wellington is the “Godless” Capital of New Zealand… and Other Highlights from the Nation’s Census

The New Zealand Herald went through the 2013 census as well as the Deprivation index (measuring wealth) and combined them in a fascinating interactive chart:

That’s a hell of a lot of color, and the darker it gets, the less religious it is.

What they found won’t surprise you, but it’s fun to point out a couple of things:

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Judge Orders School District Teaching Abstinence-Only Sex Ed to Pay Parents Who Forced Them to Stop

In 2009, the Clovis Unified School District in California was teaching abstinence-only sex education. This actually went against state law that required public schools to “provide a pupil with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect his or her sexual and reproductive health from unintended pregnancy and STDs.”

But the curriculum was still one you’d expect to see in an evangelical church, not a place of learning:

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Creationist “Researcher” tells Duggar-in-Law: “There Really is No Such Thing as an Atheist”

Jessa Seewald, the child of the Duggars whose marriage last year was featured on 19 Kids and Counting, recently went to the Institute for Creation Research in Texas with her husband Ben. And since there was no actual research to discuss and the Institute’s library only has one book in it, Ben sat with Dr. Jason Lisle and asked how the Director of Research would prove to atheists that God exists:



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