January 17, 2014

It appears that new Connecticut running backs coach Ernest T. Jones is having a difficult time adjusting in his transition from Notre Dame to a public institution at UConn.  Also assigned to be the director of player engagement, Jones has taken a spiritual approach, offering to assist players of any religion to pursue their faith and reach out to like-minded people in the community.  Sounds impartial and inclusive, right?  Then he kept talking: We’re going to make sure they understand… Read more

January 14, 2014

Over the past couple of weeks, early supporters of a Kickstarter project aiming to document the meaningful lives of 100 atheists have begun to receive their copies of the beautiful 254-page hardcover photo book by New York photographer Chris Johnson.  The book is entitled, A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God.  It features stunningly beautiful images of many of the prominent freethinkers within the atheist movement such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett,… Read more

December 13, 2013

Oh this is rich. This week on Focal Point (an American Family Association radio show), host Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) showed his lack of Constitutional understanding by conveying to his audience that the First Amendment’s freedom of religion provision only applies to Christians.  In his explanation, he asserted that the Founding Fathers meant “Christianity” when referring to religion, just like the kids in his schoolyard did when he was little, because apparently the framers of the US Constitution were no wiser than… Read more

December 4, 2013

In a story released on the Chicago Tribune website, popular atheist blogger Hemant Mehta’s recent donation to the Morton Grove Park District has been refused and returned.  The donation collected from readers of his Friendly Atheist blog was sent as a replacement for the $2,600 of funding that was pulled back by the American Legion Post 134 in a political move.  According to the article, the American Legion donation was rescinded when a park board member refused to stand for the Pledge… Read more

October 17, 2013

According to the CBN News website, a class action lawsuit has been filed against the Obama administration over the so-called “contraceptive mandate” or “birth control mandate,” a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that directs employers to offer insurance packages that cover the cost of contraceptive drugs.  The suit has been filed by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty on behalf of several Christian-based organizations that want to be classified as “religious employers” so they can take advantage of… Read more

October 14, 2013

On November 6, the US Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Town of Greece, NY v. Galloway, a case that is centered around prayer at government meetings.  Two of the town’s residents, one atheist and one Jewish, initiated the case, citing that Greece town meetings have been opened with a prayer, overwhelmingly biased toward Christianity.  After the practice was declared unconstitutional by the Second U.S. Circuit Court, the town residents and the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Religious… Read more

October 11, 2013

As you’ve already heard, physicists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert were recently awarded the Nobel Prize for their work in discovering  the Higgs-Boson particle, tragically nicknamed the “God Particle” by the media.  The discovery has helped give credence to hypotheses scientists have held for years about the origins of the universe.  And like any scientific revelation throughout history, it has been greeted with disdain by the ultra-religious community. One of these science doubters is Rev. Austin Miles, an author and… Read more

September 9, 2013

It was mid-July 2013 and an internal push by members of the National Atheist Party had seemingly been victorious, resulting in a party name change to Secular Party of America.  An affirmative vote of 75% was needed to change the name.  The name change campaign was led by a small yet effective group inside the organization, resulting in the creation of a new logo, Facebook page, and video ad supporting the change to the more inclusive party title.  What was… Read more

August 17, 2013

Most of the books available today regarding religion seem to be focused at how to live your life according to religious teachings, gaining inspiration through religion, or providing evidence that the Bible is true and atheism or science got it wrong. At the same time, most of the books regarding atheism are centered around proving Christianity and other religions wrong or how to live a full life without religion. After examining this, I immediately came to the the realization that… Read more

July 31, 2013

A man from Clinton, TN on trial for attempting to kill his wife has filed a motion to dismiss charges after the Anderson County courthouse he is being tried in erected a religious sign over the building’s entrance.  The black granite plaque with gold leaf lettering was placed on the building during a ceremony involving at least five Christian speakers and warning of eternal damnation for those not following the message.  Despite a heated debate over the winter, the county… Read more

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