Atheist Students Just Got Their Own Holiday in Berlin, Germany

That headline’s not a joke. From now on, students will get a day off of school on World Humanist Day, which takes place on June 21. It’s now considered a holiday similar to Yom Kippur and Eid al-Fitr… at least for school children. (Humanist adults will still be expected to go to work.)



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Fundamentalist Christian Pastor: The Bible Says You Should Own a Weapon

Pastor Steven Anderson, fresh off of saying that gay people should be killed in order to solve the AIDS crisis, is now trying to outdo himself by explaining how the Bible justifies carrying weapons of all sorts:



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Orthodox Church Rejects Evil “Eye of Sauron” Atop Moscow Building, Sees Tolkien Homage as a “Triumph of Evil”

If you’ve ever read Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, you’ll remember the Eye of Sauron,

… a giant flaming eye controlled by the “dark lord” Sauron, which allows him to watch anyone who puts on the fateful, power-giving ring at the novels’ center.

Tomorrow, a real-estate company in Russia plans to install something resembling it (but without the magic powers, presumably) on the top of a 21-story building in Moscow. As the art installation will be only about three feet high, the effect should be slightly underwhelming — a bit like Spinal Tap’s mini-Stonehenge, perhaps — but that hasn’t prevented the Russian Orthodox Church from flying into a tizzy.



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Why Was This Teacher Pressured to Resign Over What Her Student Turned in for a Creative Writing Assignment?

There’s a story going around online about what happened in Katrina Guarascio‘s creative writing class at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. What’s especially striking about it is how little we know about what happened.

Here’s the story:

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The Daily Show Mocks Atheist Group’s Challenge of Restaurant Owner’s Prayer Discount

In case you missed it, last night’s episode of The Daily Show featured a segment on a Freedom From Religion Foundation-inspired controversy. FFRF President Dan Barker argued against a prayer discount offered by the owner of Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.



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