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...]

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, lone nonreligious member of Congress, selected for leadership position

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) is the only member of Congress that does not claim a religious affiliation. According to a press release on the Congresswoman’s House website, she has been selected as the Chief Deputy Whip, a key position within the minority party’s leadership. The Chief Deputy Whip is the leading aid to the Minority Whip, [Read More...]

US Senate candidate David Alameel thinks blacks and Latinos are “all devout Christians”

David Alameel, the Democratic candidate for US Senate that lost miserably to incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), said at an election watch party last week that Texas’ blacks and Latinos are “all devout Christians.” Posted on his campaign website, Dr. David Alameel, a dentist by trade and now dentist mogul, called for “an uprising in [Read More...]

Whoever drove a car into the Oklahoma ten commandments monument is an idiot.

I’ve often said that while atheism is the rational conclusion, that is no guarantee that an atheist reached that conclusion rationally or that they will be a good or rational person (the same is true of Christianity, except that it’s not a reasonable conclusion).  Here’s my exhibit A: A controversial monument of the Ten Commandments [Read More...]

Interview with Andrea Desky of the P.A.S.T.A. Foundation.

At Apostacon this year I met a young woman named Andrea Desky,  She gave awesome hugs and was running around all weekend with an expensive-looking camera and a colander on her head.  I found out later that she was the head of a group called the PASTA Foundation which recently got their first blast in [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...]

El Paso Atheists adopt a highway, receive hate.

Man, even when atheists do good shit it’s not enough for some people.  I saw this tweet about the El Paso Atheists cleaning up a highway (that Jesus was too busy to clean up with his all-powerfulness):   To be clear, the goal of this wasn’t to have atheists say “Oh man, Jesus does exist. [Read More...]

I gave CJ Werleman the benefit of the doubt and it seems he’s determined to blow it.

I don’t regret withholding judgment on CJ.  I think the atheist movement could do with a bit more of that.  However, CJ seems determined to self-destruct.  His apology on facebook read pretty much as “Sam Harris’ fans are unfairly attacking me for things I’m sorry about and won’t do again.”  It’s just weird. And Sam [Read More...]

Psychology Today: Secular societies fare better than religious societies.

We have to defeat secularism or else society will crumble!  Without god all kinds of terrible things will happen!  If we don’t make gays second class citizens and replace arithmetic with the 10 commandments everybody’s going to be miserable!  How can we have a cohesive society if we let women run marrying other women all [Read More...]