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Oct
25
2013

Will the Sunday Assembly be Successful?


By Sean Lachut
(The Sunday Assembly is an organized gathering of nonbelievers, similar to church but with stories and songs instead of scripture or confession, held in London, but with aspirations to take it worldwide.) In an article on The Economist's Erasmus blog, the initialed bloggers J.S and B.C examine the Sunday Assembly...

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Oct
25
2013

Victor Stenger on the Rising Antiscience Mindset


By Sean Lachut
This piece is from about a month ago, but it bears sharing and discussion: Victor Stenger, in an article for the Huffington Post, claims that there is a rising tide of antiscience in the United States and that this is largely due to religion. Stenger goes into detail about a...

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Oct
25
2013

Pastors Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner Boycott “Communist Lesbian” Girl Scout Cookies


By Sean Lachut
Apparently the Girl Scouts of America are selling something other than chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and high fructose corn syrup—that is, if you believe Religious Right pastors Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner. Swanson claims, in an article on Right Wing Watch, "the 'wicked' Girl Scouts are promoting 'lesbianism' and abortion,...

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Oct
25
2013

Atheist Activist Mikey Weinstein Questions Air Force Oath on Fox News


In an episode of Megyn Kelly's Kelly File on Fox News, atheist activist Mikey Weinstein from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation questioned the constitutionality of including the words "so help me God" in the Air Force Academy's honor oath. Evidently, this discussion was a bit too intense for Kelly, as...

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Oct
24
2013

President Obama’s Publicly Funded Morning Devotionals


By Sean Lachut
In a piece on the Americans United website, Simon Brown points out that a book of President Obama's morning devotionals, compiled by Pentecostal minister, former Obama outreach team member, and so-called "Pastor-In-Chief" (groan), Joshua DuBois, may have been funded by taxpayer money. DuBois, quoted in Brown's article discussing whether or...

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Oct
24
2013

Pew Research Center Posts “Facts About Atheists”


By Sean Lachut
In the wake of the Oprah/Diana Nyad "atheists and awe" kerfuffle, the Pew Research Center has posted five facts about atheists. So there's that!

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Oct
24
2013

CFI-DC Announces Date for Next African-Americans for Humanism Conference


By Sean Lachut
Following the success of the historic 2010 event, the Center for Inquiry–DC is proud to host the African Americans for Humanism DC 2014 Regional Conference on February 1 at the Hill Center DC Lincoln Hall. CFI's own Debbie Goddard will be MC'ing the event.

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Oct
24
2013

Vatican Suspends “Bling Bishop”


By Sean Lachut
Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Germany has been suspended from his bishop-ly duties while he is investigated for financial misdeeds. The bishop recently spent a whopping $42 million renovating his house in Limburg, Germany, claiming the excess cost was due to the fact that "surrounding structures had to be protected,...

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Oct
24
2013

Secularism Catching On In Mainstream Culture


By Sean Lachut
Herb Silverman in an article for the Washington Post blog, argues that atheism (he uses the term broadly to cover atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, etc.) is winning the culture war. He cites the recent Pew surveys that show a spike in those that identify as "nones" as evidence, as well...

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Oct
24
2013

Time for the Religious Right to Pull Out of Politics?


By Sean Lachut
That's just what Russell Moore, the leader of the Southern Baptist Convention (the country's largest evangelical group at nearly sixteen million members), is urging those in his extended congregation to do. Moore says its time to "tone down the rhetoric and pull back from the political fray" and to stop...

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