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I probably shouldn't put this off anymore, so I'm just going to jump on it and improvise. I'm pretty sure the show is over. It was a ton of fun doing it, but with work and my son and my wife in school I simply don't have time to do it anymore.

Other folks have offered to take over but I don't really feel comfortable with that. Quit while you're ahead, sez I.

Anyhow, I payed for another year of hosting, so the archive of podcasts will be available for at least that long.

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Hobby Lobby critics target Green family’s Bible-based projects

Started by Joe on Friday. 0 Replies

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby in its fight with the government over the contraceptive mandate, critics in the media and Atheist groups have zeroed in on the Green…Continue

Secular Coalition of America spearheads Hobby Lobby protesters to ‘Knit a Brick’

Started by Joe on Friday. 0 Replies

A new protest spearheaded by the Secular Coalition of America an umbrella advocacy organization of more than a dozen atheist and humanist groups.…Continue

A Judge Dismissed FFRF’s Lawsuit to Distribute Atheist Books in a Florida School District, but It’s Still a Victory

Started by Joe. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 1 Reply

Orange County Public Schools insisted on vetting the freethought literature from FFRF and other secular groups…Continue

‘Pastafarian’ man wins right to wear pasta strainer in driving licence photo

Started by Joe. Last reply by James M. Martin on Thursday. 5 Replies

In today’s day and age, we all need to celebrate the small victories, no matter how weird they may be. That’s why we should all congratulate the Austrian man who has won the right to wear a pasta…Continue

Atheist gives invocation, first since high court decision

Started by Joe. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Quoting philosopher Immanuel Kant and drawing on the words of the Declaration of Independence, Dan Courtney made history before the Greece Town Board.…Continue

Indiana marriage law is discriminatory, US court says in ruling for humanists

Started by Joe. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 15. 1 Reply

In a significant victory for nonreligious Americans, the appeals court ordered Indiana to allow secular humanists to officiate at weddings despite a state law barring them from performing nuptials.…Continue

New Rule: Students Who Have a Same-Sex Wedding Can’t Be Mad When Their Christian Schools Expel Them For It

Started by Joe. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jul 12. 6 Replies

Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma, makes its students sign a “lifestyle covenant” upon acceptance. It’s one of those lists that says you can’t smoke or drink or be in the dorm of the…Continue

Colorado House Candidate: If Atheists Undergo Exorcisms, They’ll Be Fine with Graduation Ceremonies in Church

Started by Joe. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Jul 12. 9 Replies

A news story that is comical and scary at the same time. He could get elected.…Continue

Rep. (R) Louie Gohmert Proves God's Existence With One Simple Equation and Explains Why Atheists are Intellectually Inferior

Started by Joe. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 11. 12 Replies

Mocking non-believers for failing to grasp the logic behind the existence of God, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) cited an exchange with the late Texas entertainer Bob Murphey to disprove atheism during…Continue

In the Middle East, Some Atheists Fake-Fast During Ramadan To Avoid Detection

Started by Joe. Last reply by Sentient Biped Jul 10. 3 Replies

According to a report at Vocativ by Inna Lazareva and Noam Binshtok, some Atheists are even fasting during Ramadan just so no one will catch on.…Continue

Atheist TV Channel Will Launch by the End of the Month

Started by Joe. Last reply by Pat Jul 10. 5 Replies

After first mentioning the idea this past spring, American Atheists has announced that a TV channel dedicated to Atheist programming will launch on July 29th.…Continue

Public Official: I Would Go to Jail over Jesus' Name

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 9. 5 Replies

Frazier made waves when she defied U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles' order that banned the Board of Carrol County Commissioners from opening meetings with prayers to Jesus, which they had done…Continue

There are states where you technically can’t hold public office if you’re an Atheist

Started by Joe. Last reply by James M. Martin Jul 9. 7 Replies

Eight state constitutions include restrictions on people who don’t believe in a supreme being. In Arkansas, denying the existence of God means you can’t hold civil office or testify in court, while…Continue

How religious are your neighbours? New interactive map of Britain can tell you…

Started by Joe Jul 7. 0 Replies

The map, called DataShine was created by Oliver O’Brien at UCL’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis and shows, among other things, the atheist hot-spots around the UK.…Continue

14 More Companies That Likely Will Deny Employees Birth Control

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 5. 7 Replies

Monday's Supreme Court decision likely frees them to deny contraception coverage to their employees if they have religious objections.…Continue

Atheist in Nigeria forced to spend 18 days in a psychiatric ward was freed on Tuesday

Started by Joe. Last reply by Plinius Jul 5. 2 Replies

Mr Bala was freed on Tuesday following a strike at the hospital which also saw a number of other patients discharged.…Continue

Map: Publicly Funded Schools That Are Allowed to Teach Creationism.

Started by Joe. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 4. 2 Replies

Thousands of schools in states across the country can use taxpayer money to cast doubt on basic science.…Continue

Supreme Court Grants Evangelical College Plea On Contraception Rule

Started by Joe Jul 4. 0 Replies

A divided Supreme Court on Thursday allowed, at least for now, an evangelical college in Illinois that objects to paying for contraceptives in its health plan to avoid filling out a government…Continue

Texas Atheists Demand Right To Deliver Invocations At Government Meetings

Started by Joe. Last reply by Pat Jul 3. 3 Replies

The city of Rowlett’s current policy…Continue

Port Authority of Allegheny County Owes Atheist Groups $60,000 in Settlement After Rejecting Its Bus Ads

Started by Joe Jul 3. 0 Replies

What made the Atheists’ case especially compelling was that the Port Authority rejected the message saying that “noncommercial ads” were not allowed… even though they ran such ads from plenty of…Continue

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Comment by B. LeeWood Thomas on May 14, 2009 at 1:48pm
June 10th Treaty of Tripoli Day!
Help spread the word please.
So the idea is that everyone that supports the separation of church and
state, not just us secular folks either, but theists that also think our government should stay out of everyone's personal religious preferences. On June 10 we will change our profile picture to the picture
of our nation's 2nd president, John Adams (here's a good picture to use),
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l92/leewoodthomas/john-adams1.jpg

and then update our status to read:

(Your name will be here) asks, "Did you know on June 10th 1797, then
President John Adams signed the Treaty of Tripoli, which states that
"the Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion?"

Thanks everyone,
LeeWood
Comment by Atheist Insurgency on May 14, 2009 at 9:17am
A website proves its mettle as a media watchdog. Good to follow.
io9.com:New He-Man Movie To Prove Faith Is Better Than Science?"We weren't looking forward to the new Masters Of The Universe movie to begin with, but now that we know that the movie will show why magic is better than science? Now we're dreading it."
Comment by Angie Jackson on May 7, 2009 at 12:27pm
@Dallas - Three cheers for rational arguments . Hip hip hooray!
Comment by A Former Member on May 7, 2009 at 8:21am
@Angie: I tend to agree with you by and large. I know there is a wide variety of people on AN, with many different backgrounds and experiences. That is part of the wonderful thing of social networking. There is no consensus here on politics, war, taxation, etc., from what I can tell. However, unlike the more conservative sites (such as the Fox sites), the people here are intelligent for the most part, and don't resort to hyperbole and fear-mongering when talking about social or political issues. At least I can understand where they are coming from, and they can make rational arguments.
Comment by Angie Jackson on May 6, 2009 at 10:02pm
@Dallas - IDK. I don't think atheism requires any set of political views, and suggesting otherwise may exclude others from adopting the label and coming out (making our number/lobby power smaller). If we're focused on issues of religious freedom (from it) rather than the War, Welfare, Pro-Choice, etc. we'll be more inclusive of the varied political views among atheists. I'm pretty left-wing myself but don't want to start crying "you're not a TRUE atheist" to right-wingers. If they don't believe in god, they're an atheist, plain and simple.
Comment by A Former Member on May 6, 2009 at 12:31pm
@Angie: How do we know when we are too dogmatic?
Comment by Angie Jackson on May 6, 2009 at 12:30pm
I disagree with Hitchens on the Iraq War strongly, but "God is Not Great" is a fantastic book (available in audio read by him on YouTube). I think it's important that atheists not be too dogmatic about our political bents - otherwise we risk becoming the counterpoint to Religious Right. As the bumper sticker says, "The Religious Right is Neither"
Comment by moJoe on May 6, 2009 at 4:43am
Sweet. Email.

I would have to disagree with you on this one. I concede that Mr. Hitchens has a fairly complex political outlook, but that does not change the fact that he is politically right-of-center.

As much as I am tempted to agree wit you, being conservative and believing in "egalitarianism, human rights and internationalism" are not mutually exclusive (especially that last one.) Your mention of these qualities and the Iraq war seem to make up the thrust of your counter-argument. On the latter point, I will also disagree with you. The vast majority of socialists vociferously disagree with the war in Iraq, mostly because all outward indicators point to the fact that it had nothing to do with protecting us from Islamic extremists and everything to do with war and oil profiteering.

While it is true that he has always been an atheist, he began his career as a Trotskyist. While he has stated openly on numerous occasions that he still admires Trotsky, and that he believes that the communists made some real accomplishments, he has also stated that he now believes that capitalism is the economic system that is more revolutionary and "internationalist." There is, however, a fine line between "internationalism" and "globalization" that he admittedly does not observe. He has stated very clearly that economic globalization is simply a symptom of modernity and probably not something that should be protested, contrary to the beliefs of the majority of the left.

The right claims him as one of their own and--contrary to your experience in these matters--I have never observed him in protest, he was almost painfully deferential to President Bush during his time in office and he is more likely to defend conservative politicians and their foibles than he is to defend liberal ones unless they are obnoxiously religious.

On top of all of this, he has stated on several occasions that his views today are more in line with American Libertarianism than anything else. Libertarians are "socially left" and "economically right." I would argue that he is a bit further right than most Libertarians as he is (as has been mentioned) a vocal supporter of our presence in Iraq. The Libertarian party is quite explicitly not a fan of the Iraq war.

His views are a frank reminder that if you go far enough one direction, you meet yourself coming back the other way and I would argue that as the political landscape has warped and evolved, so has Mr. Hitchen's philosophies. What have not changed overly much are his values.

Politics are not as black and white as people make them out to be. My only transgression--if indeed I have committed one--would be falling prey to the sin of oversimplification.

My own short-comings aside, he's more or less a conservative. Sorry.

As to the "on the fence" statement made by Eli, he might be wrong there. Mr. Hitchens was solidly on one side of the fence and is now solidly on the other side of the fence. The only time he was "on the fence" was in the brief period of time in which he was jumping over it. But I'll let Eli handle that one.

Sorry for the long response. But hey, thanks for writing; I enjoy a spirited discussion, even if it looks like it might involve a lynching. And for the sake of full disclosure, I am a lefty that likes Chrisopher Hitchens too, I just don't agree on this particular point.

--Joe
Comment by JayBarti on May 5, 2009 at 2:24pm
I love how christians are so willing to condem people who share the same faith as them... this isn't really news but its funny

Miley Cyrus said what?

"Hannah Montana" star Miley Cyrus recently made statements supporting gay marriage.

http://www.onemillionmoms.com/currentissue.asp

It is to laugh
Comment by moJoe on May 2, 2009 at 4:36am
This is awesome. I encourage you to go and vote for this with all of your votes:

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