A Wonderful Series of Articles About Alabama Atheists

Alabama Media Group reporter Erin Edgemon is running a series on atheists in the state and she’s tackling some great subjects: Roger and Pat Cleveland, who run an annual gathering for atheists at Lake Hypatia; Duncan Henderson, who began a secular student group at his junior high school and currently runs the only high school atheist group in the state; and Jerald Motyka, a former pastor who eventually tossed his faith.

The big picture you get from the articles is that there are a lot more atheists in the state than the stereotypes would have you believe. But many atheists, wrongly assuming they’re alone, remain silent about their beliefs

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Confused Christian Group Keeps Spending Money On Ten Commandments Monuments To Stick It To Atheists. Atheists Shrug.

The group Thou Shall Not Move, which we last covered on this blog back in July, is at it again.

Quick refresher: Indignant Christians formed TSNM after the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued a McConnellsville, Pennsylvania public school for unconstitutionally displaying a Ten Commandments monument. The monument is now covered up until the case is resolved in court.

Meanwhile, TSNM is taking a stand against the mean old atheists by commissioning new monuments, one after the other, and triumphantly shipping them to towns across Pennsylvania.

Hence, breaking news:

The North Ten Mile Baptist Church in Amity will be the newest recipient of a 6-foot-by-3-foot, 1,600-pound granite monument engraved with the Old Testament’s Ten Commandments.

Did you spot the mistake in “thinking” here?

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The Student Body President of This Christian University is an Atheist… and No One Seems to Mind

Eric Fromm is the student body president at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon.

And last week, he publicly outed himself as an atheist:

I was an atheist long before I came to NCU. I was baptized Lutheran, and raised Methodist, but as time went on I slowly came to the conclusion that God wasn’t real. For me, church was an empty ritual that I participated in so I could see friends, scripture was largely mythological, and Jesus was a great moral teacher, but he wasn’t God.

Yes, yes, I know: What about the obvious question?

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Another Update on the Financial Boycott Against the Park District Board Member Who Wouldn’t Stand for the Pledge

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how an American Legion group denied a park district $2,600 because its board’s commissioner didn’t want to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance:

You can read more about the story here.

I’m happy to say we’ve reached the $2,600 goal in under a week — and then some! I’ll be getting this money to the park district soon (more on that later). The coverage has been pretty positive, though one reporter asked a fair question of what will happen in future years. I hope we can raise enough this year to ease the stress in the future, but I’ll revisit this story in a year to see how the park district is doing and take it from there.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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#ILLINO15

My state’s legislature did something useful for once — and it’s about damn time:

American Atheists says that image is the most popular one they’ve ever posted on Facebook (by a factor of three).

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