Happy Tenth Blogiversary to Atheist Revolution

Jack Vance, who runs the Atheist Revolution blog, just celebrated 10 years of blogging — which is about 9 years and 11 months more than most people can keep it up.

He’s always been a calm voice of reason and criticism and his reflection on how he’s changed over the past decade is worth a read. This part definitely resonated with me:

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Secular Coalition for America Announces 2015 Lobby Day

The Secular Coalition for America has announced the date for its 2015 Lobby Day & Secular Summit: April 30. Last year’s event featured actual in-person addresses by actual officeholders Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

And none of them were politically punished for doing so. Success!

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Oh, So That’s What Lent is All About…

Jimmy Fallon explains:

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Whistleblowing Employee Wins Appeal Against Proselytizing Judge

If you listen to the Christian far right, Dearborn (Michigan) is a terrifying Islamic haven within our borders, governed by Sharia Law and ruled by extremists. It would not be unexpected, if such a thing were true, to hear of a judge who essentially proselytized from the bench, and fired the employee who blew the whistle on his illegal actions.

As it happens, there is a judge in Dearborn who did just that. But he isn’t Muslim — which probably explains why all the people who are worried about a caliphate in Dearborn seem to have been snoozing when the latest ruling in this case was handed down.

You see, the judge in question, Mark Somers (below), is a Christian. His misconduct included sending official correspondence on letterhead that quoted the Bible and incidents of “literally preaching from the bench,” according to the court clerk. Based on these behaviors, another employee, Julie Pucci, filed a complaint against Somers.

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One for the Books

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