Colorado Mesa University Discontinues Bible Giveaway at Nursing School Pinning Ceremony

Last week, I posted about a ceremonial “pinning” ceremony that takes place when nursing students graduate from Colorado Mesa University. It’s a way of welcoming them into the profession. But at CMU, when those graduates stepped off the stage, they were given a Gideons Bible.

There was no good reason for this, other than the lazy excuse of “tradition.” But if administrators were opening the door to Christians, then I guess atheists and Satanists could get on board, too, right?

The Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers sent a letter to the school explaining what their options were. Simply put, the school could allow giveaways of any and all religious materials or they could say no to everyone.

It appears that the school’s President, Tim Foster, has finally decided to say no to everyone.

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Gov. John Kasich Wants to Create a Government Agency to Promote “Judeo-Christian Values”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the Republican Presidential candidate who has tried to present himself as the sane alternative to his far right competitors, offered a proposal yesterday that you’d expect from someone like Mike Huckabee. He suggested creating a government program to spreading “Judeo-Christian values” around the world:



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Praying for Paris Right Now is Like…

For those harmed by religion, the hair of the dog may be an insensitive consolation.



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Anti-Choice Laws Spurring Spike in Dangerous Self-Induced Abortions

People opposed to abortion have long made their objective apparent: they want to set us back by more than 40 years by making the medical procedure illegal. Many activists have seen that as an unlikely scenario in the courts, so they have resorted to getting legislators to regulate the practice out of existence. For some reason, they have this weird idea that making access to legal abortions impossible will mean no more abortions in America.

But new studies show just how wrong these ideologues are. Groundbreaking research from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) took an in-depth look at the rate of self-induced abortions in Texas in the wake of the implementation of some of the most restrictive abortion regulations in the nation, and the results were stunning.



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Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity, Super-Simplified

How do you explain Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity when you don’t allow yourself to use the word “relativity”? Or “gravity”? Or “Einstein”? Or pretty much everything else you find in a science textbook?

That’s the challenge Randall Munroe (creator of XKCD) gave himself in an essay for the New Yorker, where he limited his explanation to the one thousand most commonly used words in the English language:


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