No, That’s Not a Demon in Front of President Obama

Betteridge’s law of headlines says: “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.”

So you know the proper response for when Christian website WND.com asks, “Is this a ‘demon’ racing in front of Obama?”



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At Business Conference, Speaker Says “If You’re an Atheist, You’re Stupid” as Camera Rolls

For the past few days, in Orlando (Florida), the RetailNOW conference has been taking place for those interested in the latest developments regarding retail technology (credit card machines and the like). Michael Gerber, a “small business guru,” was the speaker Monday morning.

So far, everything I’ve said should be putting you to sleep. Really, there’s no reason I should be writing about this at all. But in the middle of an otherwise uneventful talk, Gerber decided to trash atheists just for the hell of it (9:27 mark):



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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Release New Song with Lyrics “Find God, but Leave the Dogma”

After a multi-year hiatus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis just released a new track: “Growing Up (Sloane’s Song).” Macklemore says the lyrics function as advice to his newborn daughter as well as himself.



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What the Mormon Church’s “Seer Stone” Photos Tell Us About Prophet Joseph Smith

To those who may not know the origins of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (a.k.a. The Mormons), nor have seen The Book of Mormon musical, nor viewed the “All About Mormons” episode of South Park, here’s an ultra-quick history:

In the early 1820s, New York resident Joseph Smith claimed that an angel came to him and told him of the existence of golden plates, upon which were engraved the account of ancient Jews who came to North America via boats. According to Joseph, the angel (Moroni) revealed that the plates were conveniently buried in a nearby hill. Joseph dug up the plates and promptly set about translating them.

According to Joseph, the plates were written in something he called “Reformed Egyptian,” so he needed divine assistance in order to accomplish the magical task of translating them into a version of English that sounded very much like the King James Version of the Bible. For this purpose, he had the help of special “seer stones” called the Urim and Thummim, which were buried along with the plates. The stones gave him the help he needed, so the story goes, and the resulting translation was eventually published as The Book of Mormon.



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Humanist Congressional Candidate Jamie Raskin Gets Support from Freethought PAC

At the moment, there are no openly non-theistic members of Congress. There was Rep. Pete Stark up until 2012… and nobody since. But that could change come 2016.

Earlier this year, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced that she would be retiring after nearly three decades in the Senate. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) then announced that he would be running for Mikulski’s seat, freeing up his own position in Congress.

It’s that seat that Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin (below) is now vying for.



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