The Best College Atheist Groups in the Country

Every year, the Secular Student Alliance gives out awards to the best campus atheist groups in the country in a variety of areas. The winning groups each receive $300 in funding; the Best Overall Affiliate receives $500. Here are this year’s winners: Best Service Project: Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. [Read More...]

An Atheist’s Guide to Christianese

There’s a wonderful translation guide at Unreasonable Faith that lets non-Christians understand what Christians are really saying. It gives us both acceptable and unacceptable responses to the phrases: “Do you know where you’re going to go after you die?” Translation: “This is the question they told me to ask in my evangelism class.” Acceptable Response: [Read More...]

Atheists and Godparents

A dilemma posed by a reader: I have a daughter who just turned one. And I have been thinking about this dilemma since long before she was conceived. I have always liked the idea of “godparents.” Of course, being an atheist, I don’t like the god in there and their role wouldn’t be anything god-related. [Read More...]

Equal Rights for Everyone!

Except women. Because… you know… Jesus didn’t appoint one as an apostle. Therefore, screw ‘em. Says the Vatican. The Vatican issued its most explicit decree so far against the ordination of female priests on Thursday, punishing them and the bishops who try to ordain them with automatic excommunication. … A Vatican spokesman said the decree [Read More...]

Chicagoans May Want to Attend…

Guess who is promoting his book Ghosts Among Us near Chicago tomorrow (Friday) night…? James Van Praagh. Clairvoyant. Cold reading specialist. Liar. Fraud. The event is at 7:30 p.m. at the Borders in Oak Brook. I can’t go, but it would be a shame if his methods went unchallenged during a Q&A session… Better yet, [Read More...]

Previous Jobs

While I sit in the fetal position writing this, contemplating Thursday night’s finale of Lost while grading my students’ final projects, here’s something that might be amusing to find out: What’s the worst job you ever had? Have any of you worked in a world completely outside the one you currently inhabit? (i.e. an atheist [Read More...]

New Atheist Podcast

This new podcast should also win an award for most creative title. ApostAZ is put together by some Arizona atheists. I haven’t listened to it yet, but here’s hoping it’s a good one. (via The Lippard Blog) [tags]atheist, atheism[/tags] [Read more...]

Carnival of the Godless #92

The new Carnival of the Godless is at Jyunri Kankei. Go check it out! The next CotG is at Disillusioned Words in two weeks. Submit your entries here! [tags]atheist, atheism[/tags] [Read more...]

Friendly Atheist Contest #28: Atheist Campaign Promises

Last week, I ran this contest: Imagine you’re running for president… of American Atheists. What are your campaign promises? Here are the Top 3 not-so-serious responses (with submitters)! 3| That’s easy: All-you-can-eat baby buffet, Satanic Ritual Sundays, Communist ping-pong, Bible-burning class, a better Darwin shrine, and a bubble-gum machine in the lobby. (Milena) 2| More [Read More...]

Atheist Tactics: A Panel Discussion

At the upcoming joint conference between the AHA, SSA, and IHEU, I have the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion on a topic that’s important to a lot of us in the atheist blogosphere: Making the Case for the New Enlightenment: What are the best ways to get people to value scientific and critical inquiry, [Read More...]

Responses to “I’m an Atheist”

This one’s from Reddit — the comment thread there has some good responses. Here’s the (edited) query: What questions were you asked when you first said, “I’m an atheist”? I don’t recall being asked many questions when I came out. However, I did get the following: “Huh.” “But you have to believe in something.” “You [Read More...]

Happy Birthday!

Today is the first birthday of… the Creation Museum! (Which, by Creationist math, makes it approximately 1/6000th the age of the universe…) It was only a year ago today when atheists and theists joined forces to denounce the museum as utterly void of science. Our hope was that people would recognize that this museum was [Read More...]

Tips for Students Wanting to Start a High School Freethought Group

It is the end of the school year, but high school students wishing to start an atheist group next year may want to start thinking about it this summer. Stephanie Kirmer, who ran a high school freethought group in Kansas (Kansas!), offers some advice to these activist students: Another problem you may run into is [Read More...]

Faith Off

Jews versus Muslims. Who wins? How about Hindus against Buddhists? We will soon find out… Faith Off, the working title of a series on the Islam Channel, will attempt to promote good relations and mutual respect between Britain’s religious communities. Two teams of four will go head to head in each episode, answering quick-fire and [Read More...]