Why is Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom Ignoring Atheists?

A couple of weeks ago, Canada opened up an “Office of Religious Freedom” with a three-pronged mandate:

  • protect, and advocate on behalf of, religious minorities under threat;
  • oppose religious hatred and intolerance; and
  • promote Canadian values of pluralism and tolerance abroad.

At the outset, that doesn’t sound too bad. Hell, Sanal Edamaruku and Alexander Aan and Alber Saber could use some help!

So where’s the problem? [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins Will Appear on ‘The Simpsons’ This Sunday

I’m sure someone will jokingly say “South Park Already Did It,” but at least “The Simpsons” are getting the real thing: Richard Dawkins will play himself in this Sunday’s episode “Black-Eyed, Please.”

No word yet on *how* Dawkins will be featured in the episode or how many lines he’ll have, but I think we can all agree on one thing…

Please argue with Ned Flanders.

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Atheists of Maine Raise Thousands of Dollars by Taking a Polar Plunge

Over the weekend, members of the Atheists of Maine took a polar plunge — jumping into a freezing lake in already-cold weather — in order to raise money for Camp Sunshine: “a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.”

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New Poll Shows That Even Catholics Don’t Agree with Catholicism

A New York Times/CBS News poll released today shows that the wishes of many Catholics go directly against the doctrines of the faith:

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Some Rwandans Turn to Atheism After Genocide

Irene Nayebare of The New Times Rwanda has a tough-to-read piece (with graphic descriptions) about how some citizens lost their faith after surviving genocide or watching their family/community members get killed by people motivated by religious beliefs: [Read more...]


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