Legal win: Texas school district agrees to stop announcing local church events.

This one comes from the American Humanist Association’s legal team: The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center received a notice from school district officials at Lake Dallas Independent School District in Corinth, Texas, that the Lake Dallas High School’s football stadium public announcement system will no longer be used to advertise church gatherings held [Read More...]

American Atheists launches #AtheistVoter campaign.

I found a press release in my inbox this morning from American Atheists describing their campaign to get atheists out to vote.  Here are the deets: On Tuesday, American Atheists announced the launch of the #AtheistVoter Campaign, a two-week initiative on social media to encourage atheists, humanists, agnostics, and other non-religious U.S. citizens to voice [Read More...]

Guest post from Licking, OH resident: school system awash in church/state violations.

Something I’ve learned in my time as an activist is that sometimes letting school officials who are violating the separation of church and state know that their behavior is becoming a national issue is a powerful deterrent.  Which brings me to an email I received last night from a resident of Licking County, OH.  It [Read More...]

Lord’s Prayer forced on students in Texas high school marching band

This story was brought to my attention by a friend and neighbor who is the mother of a student who will soon be attending Lewisville High School, part of the Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) that my daughter also goes to, and she was worried that her student might feel left out of the high school [Read More...]

Are you in or near Santa Clara, CA and want to use church money for a good cause?

I just saw this image posted by American Atheists on facebook: It’s actually a decent investment.  If you convince one new person who tithes for any decent amount of time, your church likely turns a profit. Anyway, when I saw this I thought to myself, “What if that money was going to a homeless shelter [Read More...]

Got spare money and want to make atheism accessible to everybody? Consider helping Skepticon.

Skepticon represents a pretty swell ideal: make influential and upcoming voices in atheism/skepticism available to everybody – and that includes everybody who can’t even afford $5 for a ticket.  That’s why it’s always free and why the talks are always uploaded for all (but with advertisements, all of the proceeds of which go to charity). [Read More...]

Help the Ra-men.

Aron Ra and Mark Nebo (from Be Secular), both super good dudes, are working on an awesome new podcast, The Ra Men. Aron describes the endeavor this way: “I want to promote science specifically and education in general, and I’ve found that videos are the best way I can do that. I can reach the grass roots audience I’m aiming for, [Read More...]

One of my first atheist heroes, Victor Stenger, dead at 79.

Hemant reports that the great Victor Stenger is dead.  He is neither in heaven or hell, but that doesn’t matter.  What matters is the mark he left in the world we all share.  If a person’s greatness is defined by the number minds changed and lives altered, Victor Stenger memory shall reside in the most [Read More...]

Teacher-led religious club at Texas middle school disbanded.

The law is very clear when it comes to school clubs: religious clubs can meet, but the faculty sponsor of the club cannot evangelize within them (just as an atheist teacher couldn’t tell a religious student they were wrong) and most certainly cannot use class time to preach.  A teacher at a Texas middle school [Read More...]

Corrections officer in Alabama threatens the life of atheist activist. Police don’t seem to care.

The city of Mobile, Alabama is considering putting the words “In God We Trust” on the city’s administration building.  You may wonder what kind of message that sends to any atheists walking its halls.  They might ask “Are we atheists a part of “we”?”  Well, if you don’t trust in god, apparently not. So Amanda [Read More...]