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Atheists End Teacher-Led Prayer in Indiana School District

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P 10 hours ago. 1 Reply

A prominent Atheist organization has convinced an Indiana school district to end teacher-led prayer at area public schools following a complaint from an anonymous parent.…Continue

Warren city Atheist sues to set up alternative to prayer station at city hall

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joan Denoo 15 hours ago. 1 Reply

A Warren atheist filed a federal lawsuit today saying his free speech rights were violated when Warren Mayor Jim Fouts turned down his request to place what he called a “reason station” inside city…Continue

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P yesterday. 2 Replies

Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.…Continue

Calvary Chapel Creation Conference Starts Today But Draws Atheist Protesters Thursday

Started by Joe yesterday. 0 Replies

Stirring things up, according to "Orange County's most famous atheist" Bruce Gleason, will be members of his group Backyard Skeptics, Riverside Atheists and Free Thinkers (RAFT) and the Freethought…Continue

The IRS Says It Will Finally Enforce the Rules Barring Pastors from Endorsing Candidates from the Pulpit

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P on Wednesday. 6 Replies

Back in November of 2012, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued the IRS because of the government agency’s “failure to enforce electioneering restrictions against churches and religious…Continue

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

Started by Joe Jul 18. 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 Jul 18. 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 Jul 17. 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 Jul 17. 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 Jul 16. 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

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Comment by TNT666 on February 3, 2012 at 10:44pm

Oh dear, that atheist father-in-law was baptised into Moronism a full year after his death!!!!!!!!!!! Oh dear me dear me... how can anyone vote Republican I simply do not understand :(

Comment by Joe Tomberlin on February 3, 2012 at 10:03pm

Bill Mahar just de-mormon-baptised Mitt Romney's atheist father-in-law on Real Time. Very funny.

Comment by TNT666 on February 3, 2012 at 5:25am

Bob Barker's been in the news more than usual lately it seems, between funding Sea Sherpherd Conservation Society's "MV/ Bob Barker" and their new helicopter, and saving elephants from living in Canadian zoos, I'm finding myself liking the old guy more and more... then I saw on his MySpace page that he's long been an agnostic... funny how I'd never noticed him on atheist celeb pages...

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on February 2, 2012 at 11:24pm
Comment by Starscream on February 2, 2012 at 8:59pm
I cant think of a worse bang for your buck than a teaching degree. Average starting salary is probably 50-70% that of other fields with a masters and a salary cap to boot.

My mom is a teacher and after seeing how teachers are treated and paid, i wouldnt consider it. I got a 4 year engineering degree 8 years ago and have already greatly surpassed my moms salary who has maxed out her pay for her district.
Comment by TNT666 on February 2, 2012 at 8:34pm

There is a philosophical point to be made there however. It IS government policy to pay bureaucrats less value than they would COMPARED to similar employment in the private sector in order to ensure that bureaucracy isn't filled by salary chasers. We DO want our government workers, serving the people, to be doing so because that is their passion.

However, teachers are not bureaucrats, and teachers in some areas (but not all) are underpaid. But more important than underpaid... teachers in a great many areas are undervalued... in the esteem sense. Children are often considered "right" and teacher "wrong", which is ridiculous from young children, and from uneducated parents.

There is the additional problem that it is getting harder and harder (money and time) to get a teaching degree and IMHO this is weeding out the wrong teachers. My favourite and most interesting, empowering, inspiring, teachers I've had through my many years of schooling were the ones that are today weeded OUT of the long hard road to becoming a teacher, and the boring, straight laced, uptight people are the ones best equipped to survive the educational training, those least gifted to actually encourage youth to learn. We have reached a sad state in the world of education  :(

Comment by David W on February 2, 2012 at 4:44pm

Jesus Chrysler, teachers (women) shouldn't be paid a'tall. 

Comment by Susan Stanko on February 2, 2012 at 4:18pm

thank you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2012 at 3:49pm

Let me think, do I understand what he said as quoted by The Times Journal:

increasing teacher pay is against "a biblical principle" because it might attract people who otherwise wouldn't do the job.

"Teachers need to make the money that they need to make,"

"If you double a teacher's pay scale, you'll attract people who aren't called to teach ... and these teachers that are called to teach, regardless of the pay scale, they would teach. It's just in them to do. It's the ability that God give 'em."

How on earth did this man get away with such incredibly stupid statements? The voters actually voted for him? Did they understand his values? I am just dumbstruck!  

Comment by ɟǝןıx dǝʇɹɐɹ on February 2, 2012 at 3:38pm

 @Susan: That's a good argument ;)

 

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