Of All the Places an Atheist Display Would Be Vandalized, This One Caught Me By Surprise…

Get this: We’re used to vandalism on atheist billboards and banners, but the latest example of an atheist display getting destroyed took place at a senior center in California, where the Rossmoor Atheist and Agnostic Club had put up a Tree of Knowledge:



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This Is So Much More Amusing Than a Nativity Scene

Why does anyone bother with a Nativity scene when you can buy a Negativity scene for under $20?!

Via This is Why I’m Broke, which explains the setup this way:

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I Guess It Takes Courage to be a Christian on Christmas

I don’t know what I just watched but… I’m getting this funny feeling inside… like Jesus and ‘Merica all rolled into one. And it makes me want to take down the ACLU.

WHO’S WITH ME?!

That’s from a real 2012 movie called “Last Ounce of Courage.” Because, as we know, it’s very hard to be a Christian in America.

(Thanks to Christopher for the link)

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Famed Indian Skeptic Sanal Edamaruku Launches Rationalist Journal

Sanal Edamaruku — a.k.a. “the Indian James Randi” — has debunked a lot of sacred cows in his life. Last year, after explaining how a statue of Christ could be dripping water seemingly on its own, he was charged with “hurting the religious sentiments of a particular community.” The “crime” could have resulted in a prison sentence of up to three years in addition to a fine, so Edamaruku fled from his home before he could be punished (or physically attacked).

For the past year, Edamaruku has been in Finland. And recently, from his base in Helsinki, he announced the launch of an international journal (published quarterly) aptly called Rationalist:

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The Truth Behind a Viral Photo Claiming to Show ‘Christian Persecution’

I came across another falsified claim of brutal anti-Christian oppression today.

Predictably, this image and its caption were shared thousands of times, including on Facebook and other social media, by Christians eager to advance their religion’s core “woe is us” narrative.

Let’s see if we can find the origin of the picture, and the story behind it.

It turns out to be an Agence France Presse photo, to which Getty has distribution rights. Here’s the same shot, as presented in Getty’s vast online catalog:

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