A Graphic Representation of the Attacks on Bangladeshi Writers and Bloggers

The recent attacks on atheist writers/bloggers in Bangladesh are part of a disturbing trend in the country over the past several years, as you can see in our graphic below (click image to enlarge):

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A Judge Dismissed Their Lawsuit, but Atheists Won the Ability to Officiate Weddings in Minnesota County

Last year, the Center For Inquiry won a lawsuit against the state of Indiana, giving non-religious people who were Secular Celebrants the ability to officiate weddings.

Before they stepped in, the only way an atheist could officiate was to direct the marrying couple to someone else to solemnize the wedding immediately afterwards, become a “minister” via a site like the Universal Life Church, or get certified by a group founded by Quakers.

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Dan Savage’s New Sitcom, Featuring an Irish Catholic Family, Looks Very Promising

You may have heard that ABC picked up a sitcom for next season loosely based on the life of sex-columnist/writer Dan Savage. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the trailer for The Real O’Neals just came out and I have to say: It looks pretty good as far as sitcoms are concerned. It has plenty of elements to explore if it can stay on the air for a while.

Every member of the Irish Catholic family at the center of the series has some sort of closeted secret: The son is gay, the parents are considering a divorce, etc. All of which should drive the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue and One Million Moms crazy. And isn’t that really the whole goal of sitcoms nowadays?

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The Joy of Being an Atheist is Beautifully Captured in This New Film

Last year, Chris Johnson released a multimedia book about atheists called A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God. The book was years in the making and came about after one of the most successful Kickstarters for an art book in that site’s history. It was incredible to be a part of the project and I think the final product was just stellar.

In addition to taking pictures of atheists, Chris also shot a lot of video, and he has just released a feature length documentary that compiles interview clips from some of the people in the book. I had a chance to watch the film the other day and it was beautiful — not just how it looked, but what the atheists had to say. I wish I could’ve heard them when I first became an atheists. This is like an extended “It Gets Better” video, featuring Matt Dillahunty, Julia Sweeney, Cara Santa Maria, and several others.

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Useless New Tennessee Law Creates Weekend of Prayer for Students

A new bill signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will designate the first weekend in August as “Tennessee’s Weekend of Prayer Over Students,” when

the people of this state may, in accordance with their own faith and consciences, turn to prayer, meditation, or otherwise give thanks for the students of this state as well as their teachers, administrators, and schools.

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