SSA to host two annual conferences.

There is a problem with a lot of conferences.  Well, it’s not a problem with the conferences, but a problem with the population distribution of the United States.  Once you get west of Kansas, there’s not a whole lot of people until you hit the highly populous states snuggled up to the Pacific.  So if [Read More...]

Public School Field Trips, Religion, and the Law

Question: What’s the big deal? Why can’t public school children go see that Charlie Brown Christmas play?   Answer: The law of separation of church and state, as it applies to public school field trips, as explained by the Appignani Humanist Legal Center’s Bill Burgess in a letter sent Monday:   November 26, 2012 Sandra [Read More...]

The Grinch Who Stole Charlie Brown’s Christmas

Since I’ve been all over national – and international – news the last week or two because of my insidious hatred for Charlie Brown and my determination not to let kids have any holiday fun at all, I’ve gotten some hate mail. The email below came from a woman I have known personally for several [Read More...]

The Week in Review – Law and Atheism 11/29/2012

For this week’s legal roundup, and the arrows are back with a vengeance. Today’s first item just gets all sorts of my tacky little arrows. It’s awesomeness really deserves twinkling lights and a neon border, too, but I can’t tart up JT’s blog too much or he’ll stop me from posting. Writer Suzanne Lamb and [Read More...]

The Week in Review – Law and Atheism 11/22/2012

 This week’s roundup of legal news: A judge in Oklahoma sentenced a juvenile who was convicted of manslaughter to church instead of prison. Tyler Alred’s friend was killed when the car Alred was driving crashed. The teenagers had been drinking. While I don’t think prison is a healthy place for anyone, and certainly not for [Read More...]

Companies that suck: volume 1.

Some business owners are positively livid that they now, by federal law, must provide healthcare to the employees that make them rich.  I’ll try to update this blog with a list as I learn about them. Denny’s.  This one sucks.  I actually kind of like Denny’s. The owner of more than 40 Denny’s restaurants throughout [Read More...]

Gideon Bible Gauntlet Run on College Campuses

Reader questions are edited to eliminate references to specific people and places, unless there’s a need to call out the cavalry. If you see something here that almost resembles your question, but your main concern isn’t addressed, go ahead and ask again in the comments. I’ll do my best to respond.   Reader Question: At [Read More...]

New Book Tells Personal Journeys to Atheism for 25 Young People, Including Me.

I figured I’d just steal the title from the post over at Friendly Atheist, since it applies to me as well.  Former CFI activist, Dan Riley, has released his first book: Generation Atheist. The book interviews and tells the stories of 25 different young atheists, from the bold activist, to the closeted youngster living in [Read More...]

American Atheists: harvesting the cosmos to battle god.

This pretty much sums up why American Atheists is about my favorite atheist organization. In a bold move, the organization announced today the installation of the George Watley Solar Array on the roof of its headquarters in Cranford, NJ.  Not only will the solar array generate 100% of the electrical needs for the main office, [Read More...]

School Choir Sings Religious Songs

So, I’ve got my first legal question to answer for WWJTD.   Question: Our children, Chris and Meg, are participating in a choir at school. All the songs in their upcoming recital are religious songs. I want to complain and raise a huge stink, get the media involved, and sue, but my wife, Lois, urges [Read More...]


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