American Atheists “blessing” the South with some wisdom-bearing billboards.

The American South will be getting a message from American Atheists starting today and running through Dec. 24th: Continuing its tradition of “firebrand-style” billboards at Christmastime, American Atheists launched a new campaign in Bible Belt cities, beginning Monday. The billboards feature a young girl writing a letter to Santa; her letter reads, “Dear Santa, All [Read More...]

Maryland councilwoman declines to be sworn in on bible, is sworn in on the Constitution instead.

Hemant pinged out a councilwoman in Maryland who gave a great quote when swearing in for her new position.  Ordinarily I’d just let it slide since Hemant already saw it, but this is just too good not to blog. Jessica Fitzwater just won a seat on the Frederick County Council in Maryland.  When swearing in for [Read More...]

Help the Duggars Raise Money for LGBT Kids

A funny thing happens when someone broadcasts hate. Sometimes - just sometimes - love proves itself to be stronger. I’m sure Jim and Michelle Duggar never intended to give money to any young LGBT people, especially not LGBT youth made homeless when they came out to their parents. The Duggars (of TLC’s “19 and Counting” reality show [Read More...]

A couple awesome talks coming up if you’re in Arkansas/Missouri.

Skepticon is coming up this weekend in Springfield, MO where you can hear presentations by luminaries such as Scott Clifton, Hemant Mehta, Ben Blanchard, and Cara Santa Maria.  I’ll also be giving a talk on why god’s “perfect” plan isn’t exactly perfect. But there are a couple other talks coming to that region soon that [Read More...]

Guest post: “Richard Dawkins is Coming…to Conservative Town” (To the tune of Santa Claus is Coming to Town)

The following is a guest post by Teresa MacBain. In the heart of the south, an atheist student group is making waves! The Kennesaw State University (KSU) Atheists United is hosting Richard Dawkins, November 21, 2014. I, for one, know just how bold and courageous they are in this endeavor. In late summer 2012, KSU [Read More...]

Happy Veterans Day!

For my brother, one of my best friends, my grandfather (who I recently learned was probably an atheist), and all the other veterans out there, thank you.  While I may not always agree with the military actions of the government, I will always appreciate the sweat and sacrifice you put in – and I will [Read More...]

GOP State Rep sponsors bill to put Ten Commandments in Texas’ public schools

Texas State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-02), filed a bill on Monday, the first day legislators could for the upcoming 84th Legislative Session, to keep schools from following the Constitution. The bill, simply titled HB 138, is just a one sentence long addition to Chapter 11 of the Texas Education Code. It reads: The board of trustees of an [Read More...]

Secular Students at the University of North Georgia taking a stand for church/state separation.

I got a press release in my inbox today from the Secular Student Alliance.  It turns out the University of North Georgia is holding mandatory prayers for on campus events for its cadets, which is a legal and ethical no-no. “University of North Georgia students are standing up for the separation of church and state [Read More...]

Guest post: Helen Stringer on the identity of Oasis.

Helen Stringer is an up-and-comer who you will hear more of in the next few years, mark my words.  She is the founder and leader of Kansas City Oasis, a group for which I have spoken and attended again this last weekend.  Because she is so quickly becoming a go-to voice for atheist community building that [Read More...]

American Humanist Association scores big legal win for atheists.

A district judge in Oregon has ruled that Secular Humanism can be considered a religion when deciding if Secular Humanist organizations should enjoy the same rights and privileges as churches: On Thursday, October 30, Senior District Judge Ancer Haggerty issued a ruling on American Humanist Association v. United States, a case that was brought by the American Humanist Association (AHA) [Read More...]