Boy Scouts of America Finally Ends Ban on Gay Leaders, but Atheists Are Still Not Welcome

In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America finally said gay scouts would not be kicked out of the organization, but gay scout leaders were still banned.

Last month, the BSA’s own President, Robert Gates, said the homophobia had to stop or the organization wouldn’t be around much longer.

And today, the organization’s National Executive Board voted to officially end the gay leader ban for good:



[Read more…]

For These Campers, “How Do We Know?” Is the Most Important Question They Can Ask

Over 100 young campers began arriving on July 5 at the beautiful, forested Camp Quest campground in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in northern California. They were looking forward to a whole week of interesting camp activities and outdoor fun, but unaware that Terrible Lizards were lurking nearby, waiting to spring out!



[Read more…]

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 65: Bart Campolo, Humanist Chaplain and Former Evangelical Christian

Our latest podcast guest is Bart Campolo, a former evangelical Christian leader (and son of famed pastor Tony Campolo) who currently serves as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.

We spoke about progressive Christianity, what it was like coming to terms with his Humanism, and death. Lots about death.

In all seriousness, it’s one of the most interesting and inspiring conversations about death I’ve ever had. That segment begins around the 27:00 mark. Do yourself a favor and listen to it.

[Read more…]

Over the Weekend, Nearly 100 Mormons Submitted Their Resignation Letters to the LDS Church

In April of 2014, atheists organized a mass resignation from the Mormon Church for any members who wanted to participate.

Over the weekend, nearly 100 Mormons did it on their own:



[Read more…]

I Called Touch ‘Em All Ministries and This Is What Happened

A lot of people have been sending me this image of a Christian ministry’s vehicle… for a very obvious reason:

They are seriously named “Touch ‘Em All Ministries.” TEAM is a group “dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with participants at sporting events.”

It’s easy to make jokes about the name — I’ve come up with seven while writing this post — but I figured it’d be more interesting to give them a call to see if they could explain the thought process behind it.

I mean, someone had to say to them, “This might be a bad idea…,” right?

I didn’t record it, but we just got off the phone, and this is a pretty close reenactment of how our conversation went:

[Read more…]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X