Generation Atheist is Free This Weekend

My friend Dan Riley wrote a book a while back called Generation Atheist. It’s a collection of true stories about people who transitioned from godly to godless.



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Thanks to the Baptists Who Defend Church/State Separation

Back when Baptists were in the minority in the U.S., they were strong supporters of church/state separation. Now, firmly in the majority, we’ve seen them virtually in lockstep with the Christian Right. It’s a shock to many that groups like the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty are actually on our side when it comes to interpreting the First Amendment.

Ken Camp, writing for the Associated Baptist Press, reminds us how tough it is these days for Baptist ministers to speak out against their own congregations:



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Does It Really Take More Faith to be an Atheist?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: Does it really take more faith to be an atheist?:



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This Visualization Tool Will Help You Find Where Atheists Live in the UK

Using data from the 2011 UK census, Oliver O’Brien at University College London’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis created a tool called DataShine so you could see all sorts of information, including which cities had the highest rates of people claiming “No Religion” (in dark blue):



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Rowlett City Council in Texas Refuses to Let Atheists Deliver Invocation. Cue the Lawsuit in 5… 4… 3…

In 2010, the Rowlett City Council in Texas changed their prayer policy. They used to have Christian prayers, then the Freedom From Religion Foundation warned them of the repercussions of doing that, so the council opted to go with non-sectarian prayers.

As it turned out, though, since the town is predominantly Christian, those non-sectarian prayers turned out to be almost all Christian prayers, anyway.

Local atheists called them out on it last year:



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