A Humanist Memorial Service for the Victims of the Boston Bombings

Atheists were excluded from the “interfaith” service in Boston earlier this week but that doesn’t mean they had no reason to mourn.

Later today, the Humanist Community at Harvard will have a secular memorial service to pay respects to the four people who lost their lives as a result of the Boston bombings as well as the 170 who were wounded (including one of their own volunteers). Anyone, religious or not, is welcome to attend:

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Your Sunday Morning Sermon with Jerry DeWitt

I had the unenviable job of following this talk at the American Atheists convention a couple of weeks ago and I can tell you firsthand that, despite the fact that it was early on Easter morning, former pastor Jerry DeWitt had the audience cheering him on all the way through his sermon:

“Take the entire Bible, multiply it by a million, and it does not carry the weight of one single smile.”

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Troopers for Satan

The members of the Philosophy Club group at Emporia State University (Kansas) and the local Emporia Area Community of Humanists had their work cut out for them on Thursday when they sat at a table for Ask An Atheist Day:

Reader Austin shared with me his take on the day’s event as well as one memorable conversation:

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New Zealand Teacher Claims He Was Fired for Being an Atheist

Christopher Scott Roy, a former teacher at Tamaki College in Aukland, New Zealand, is claiming he was fired for being an atheist.

Roy, who left the public school in 2010, describes the school’s outlook as being one that “saw Christian/Mormon faith as a core responsibility to which he was indifferent and reluctant to accept or practice as a condition of his employment.”

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An Open Apology from the Christian Church to All Gay People

… as written and told by John Shore:

The reason that we have so hated you is because we have so feared you. We feared you because we fear our own sexuality. We fear our own sexuality because its power is so far beyond what we are capable of controlling: so utterly, quickly, and inevitably does our sexual lust transform us from pious, composed believers into fevered, bucking animals.

And there you are, out and proud.

There you are, embracing that within you which we can barely acknowledge in ourselves.

There you are, consciously, purposefully, and wisely integrating your sexuality into the whole of your identity.

There you are, with an audacity we now find inspiring and humbling, daring to believe that you, just as you are, are worthy of the most supreme love.

You joyously claimed the rainbow; while we, mired in our stubbornness, insisted on seeing only blacks and whites.

As one commenter seriously jokes: The last line of the piece should be “And then I woke up.” [Read more...]


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