A (Brief) Recap of the Rest of The Amazing Meeting 2014

After Thursday, my weekend was mostly spent running around as usual and getting some awesome podcasts recorded that I think everyone will really enjoy! But if you’ve never attended or heard of The Amazing Meeting, here’s a (very brief) recap of how the rest of the weekend went for me.

The theme for TAM this year was “Skepticism and the Brain,” which is an extremely interesting topic but one that also made my job a little tricky. The talks I heard were fun… but hard to easily recap here.

So I’ll just skip right to Saturday.

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Finally, God Does Something Useful

(via The Onion)

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The IRS Says It Will Finally Enforce the Rules Barring Pastors from Endorsing Candidates from the Pulpit

Back in November of 2012, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued the IRS because of the government agency’s “failure to enforce electioneering restrictions against churches and religious organizations.” Basically, churches were endorsing political candidates from the pulpit and the IRS wasn’t doing anything to stop it. Part of the problem was that there was a vacancy in the position which normally handled those issues.

The IRS tried to quash this lawsuit before it could proceed but, last August, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman dismissed the IRS’ motion, allowing FFRF to move forward with their lawsuit.

Today, FFRF announced that it had reached a settlement with the IRS.

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AZ Gubernatorial Candidate Mad Because College Grads Are *Less* Likely to Want Teachers to Lead Classroom Prayers

Andrew Thomas (below), a Republican candidate to become the next governor of Arizona, said something during last night’s debate that I think all of you are going to appreciate… for reasons that would infuriate him.

Thomas, who was disbarred by the state’s Supreme Court in 2012 for “disgracefully misus[ing] the law,” was supposed to be talking about how to keep college affordable.

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Chicago Non-Theistic Communities Answer the Question of What to Do After Members Stop Believing in God

Chicago is home to a variety of different non-theistic communities and public radio station WBEZ’s Lynette Kalsnes put together a wonderful segment yesterday about who we are and why we gather.

The piece focused on Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation, the Sunday Assembly, and Foundation Beyond Belief, whose conference is this weekend in the city. (It quotes me in a couple of places, too.)

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