New American Atheist billboard in Times Square.

American Atheists is back at it, waging the war on shitty ideas which many confuse with a war on Christmas/holiday cheer.  C’mon guys, it’s not like they wait until Christmas to call Christianity a myth. Anyway, I can get behind this one. For one, this one is at least a little aesthetically pleasing.  Two points [Read More...]

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Charlie Brown Christmas Field Trip Cancelled

The field trip by the local elementary school to a church to see the Charlie Brown Christmas play, complete with Bible soliloquy, has been cancelled. This is not a win for the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers. Why not? Because the church, and not the school, is the entity that blinked. And that’s too bad. We [Read More...]

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Sanal Edamaruku Proves, Once Again, No Miracle

So, there’s this statue of the Madonna that sits in a small grotto near Ballinspittle, County Cork, Ireland, that allegedly started breathing and gesturing when it was approached by some worshippers back in 1985. “It’s a miracle!” cried devout Irish Catholics, who flocked to observe the moving, floating statue by the thousands. Since then, more [Read More...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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