Help Make Reasonfest 3 a Reality

Reasonfest, like Skepticon, is one of those amazing, student-run, free conferences that began happening a couple of years ago. It’s in Kansas, which only adds to its necessity.

In order to put on a free massive conference, the Kansas University Society of Open-Minded Atheists & Agnostics (SOMA) have to do a hell of a lot of fundraising. [Read more...]

Jesus’ Resurrection: Iron Man Edition

It’s blasphemous, it’s violent, it has a superhero… Hollywood is gonna *love* this movie.

(You’ll want to make sure the subtitles are on.)

The good part begins around the 1:10 mark.

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As American Atheists Convention Goes On, Judge Tosses Out Their 9/11 Memorial Cross Lawsuit

How’s that for timing? On Good Friday and in the middle of American Atheists’ 50th anniversary convention, U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts tossed out American Atheists’ lawsuit against the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and its display of a 17-foot-tall steel beam cross.

If you need some background, AA had sued because they felt the museum was supposed to honor the victims of the tragedy — and we all know atheists, non-Christians, and Christians died on that day.

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After Nearly 30 Years of Christian Invocation Prayers, Court Rules that Lakeland City Council Wasn’t Promoting Christianity

In 2010, the Atheists of Florida organization sued the City of Lakeland and mayor Gow Field because they began each of their meetings with an invocation that seemed to always be Christian.

In its lawsuit, the group noted that prayers at the meetings include phrases such as “in the name of Jesus Christ,” “our Savior,” “the King of kings” and “Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”

Hardly non-sectarian. In fact, in the 25-year span between September, 1985 and May, 2010, every single speaker (PDF) was a Christian.

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Boston College Prohibits Condom Distribution On Campus

Boston College is a university, and a fairly good one at that. It’s a Catholic institution, stating that it “is committed to maintaining and strengthening the Jesuit, Catholic mission of the University.” Like many Catholic universities, BC has to balance being a religious institution with having a large and diverse student body that is no longer expected to necessarily be of the Catholic mold.

BC is very committed to its Catholic mission and, as such, it will not stand idly by as students violate one of its most important and emphasized doctrines. Refusing to help the poor? No, of course not. Not tending to the infirm? Wrong again! The intolerable violation was the distribution of free condoms:

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