How a Motivational Speaker Tricked a Public School District into Letting Him Preach to Students and Parents… and Got Paid for It

You have to wonder why high school administrators don’t do their due diligence when bringing speakers into their buildings…

Back in August, the Rio Rancho Public Schools (New Mexico) brought in a group called “The Future Champions of America” to teach students how to stay strong against “illegal drug use, drinking and driving, dropout rates, suicide and bullying.” The main speaker/performer was Jason “White Shadow” Gibbons, who shared that message while also showing off some of his basketball trick shots.

Gibbons was basically hired at a cost of $650 per school… for 20 performances total… which came out to nearly $12,000: [Read more...]

Independent Catholic Church Group Ordains Its First Transgender Priest

Minneapolis just ordained its first transgender priest this week, but you probably won’t be reading a statement from the Pope about it. The North American Old Catholic Church, an independent branch of Catholicism not affiliated with the Vatican, ordained Shannon T.L. Kearns to the priesthood on January 19th. Kearns is a transgender man with a [Read More...]

Foundation Beyond Belief Members Raised $57,450 for Charity Over the Past Three Months

Foundation Beyond Belief just released the results from the Fourth Quarter of 2012. Check out the donations — $57,450 in total given by atheists — to the following organizations:

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This is What a Group’s Newsletter Should Look Like

A year ago, the Metroplex Atheists in Texas sent their members a quarterly newsletter that looked like this:

Not long after that, they enlisted the help of the professional designers at Juicy Creative. They just released their latest newsletter (PDF) and you can see what a difference a redesign makes: [Read more...]

Help Make This Documentary About James Randi Even More Amazing

Justin Weinstein & Tyler Measom have been working on a documentary film about James “The Amazing” Randi for a while now and they still have some work to do, but they’re hoping to get their movie out by the end of the year.

You need to check out the trailer below. It’s *fantastic*. [Read more...]


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