Why Religious Explanations of the Newtown Shooting Fail

The “pray for the victims and their families” posts that fill my timelines on Facebook and Twitter in the wake of a massive tragedy always leave me somewhat baffled. I suppose it’s the idea of praying to a deity who had just allowed the tragic events to happen to ease the pain of those affected. [Read more...]

Ask Richard: Student Wonders About Christmas Trees at Public High School

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Hello, I am a (soon to be)15 year-old high school student in Austin, Texas. I go to a public school. My school exhibits at least two decorated Christmas trees, and several teachers play what they call “Christmas Music” during class. There is no menorah, but [Read More...]

Atheist Sign Vandalized Less Than Two Days After Being Put Up

This was the banner near a controversial Nativity display on government property in Warren, Michigan. It was put up on Friday:

Sometime Saturday night, that banner was vandalized: [Read more...]

U.S. Religious Freedom Commission: Atheism is Not a ‘Criminal Act’

After the banging of heads all of us at CFI have done to get attention focused on Aan’s case, and now in the midst of our efforts to shine a spotlight on restrictions on free expression around the world (which includes CFI’s significant contribution to the new IHEU report on atheists’ persecution), this was a pleasant surprise to see — and straight from the body that advises the president and State Department on these matters, no less. [Read more...]

Nate Phelps Issues Statement Condemning His Family’s Upcoming Protests in Newtown

Nate Phelps, the (awesome) atheist and son-in-name-only of Westboro Baptist Church’s notorious Fred Phelps, just issued this statement in response to his family’s intent to protest the funerals for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre: [Read more...]


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