Is Atheism a Religion?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: Is atheism a religion?

I can’t believe I left out my favorite response: If atheism is a religion, then bald is a hair color, “off” is a TV channel, and health is a disease :)

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next! [Read more...]

City of Evansville Approves Downtown Public ‘Art Exhibit’ of 30 Decorated Crosses

In Evansville, Indiana, 30 decorated crosses will soon be erected in public spaces, right on the city’s downtown riverfront. But don’t worry, they’re really sculptures, so it’s all in the name of art, as well as for the good of the people:

We’re doing it on behalf of the community. We will feel like it will bring people to the riverfront who wouldn’t otherwise come.”

That comment is courtesy of Roger Lehman, the West Side Christian Church member who successfully requested permission from Evansville’s Board of Public Works.

The polyethylene crosses — which will be temporary, going up this August 4th for about two weeks — are going to be decorated by children attending a Bible camp at the church.

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The 10 Things to Remember When Lobbying a Government Official

Since working as legal counsel for the Iowa legislature, Amanda Knief has held positions of tremendous responsibility within our movement. She worked as the lobbyist for the Secular Coalition for America and currently serves as the Managing Director for American Atheists.

She is the perfect person, really, to write a book about how regular citizens can become effective lobbyists because she’s been doing it herself for years, with and without an official title.

Amanda’s new book on the subject is called The Citizen Lobbyist: A How-to Manual for Making Your Voice Heard in Government (Pitchstone Publishing, 2013). It’s all about what lobbying actually is and why you should do it — a great blueprint for grassroots activism that’s ideal for casual reading and high school libraries. The Kindle version of the book will be available on July 1st, but the paperback is available right now.

In the exclusive excerpt below, Amanda explains the 10 things to remember when lobbying an elected official:

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Illinois Pastafarian Wants to Wear a Colander on his Head for His Driver’s License Picture, but Gets Rejected

A few years ago, Austrian Niko Alm won the right to wear a colander, the official headgear for Pastafarians, in his driver’s license picture:

In February of this year, 25-year-old Aaron Williams of New Jersey tried to do something similar but got rejected.

And now it’s happening again.

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The Benefit of the Atheist Hotline Project

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, focuses on the purpose of the Hotline Project, which will allow people struggling with their religious doubts to call in and talk to somebody about them. (More information on the Hotline can be found here.)

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next! [Read more...]


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