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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.

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Atheists End Teacher-Led Prayer in Indiana School District

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P 3 minutes 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 4 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 yesterday. 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 Pat Burke on September 14, 2010 at 2:28pm
A Friend is all we need to know of heaven. Goodbye is all we need to know of hell.
Comment by Natalie on September 14, 2010 at 1:59pm
@Joan -- I enjoyed reading your posts and am so sorry for your recent losses. I struggle with coming out as an atheist as I have children at home that live in a community that is very religious and go to school with kids that are raised in bible believing homes. I married as a Christian, my husband is a Christian (although we don't attend church thanks to the pastor having several affiairs -- ha) and I am slowly, but surely, introducing skeptical thinking to my kids. Reading your posts comfort me in a way that is hard to describe -- thank you.
Comment by Jo Jerome on September 14, 2010 at 12:17pm
@Joan - So very sorry about your many losses. Mine comes in the form of a generation gap. Parents old enough to be my grandparents, siblings all old enough to be my parents. Have had to face the fact that I will almost certainly outlive all of my immediate family (and have already lost most of them). It can't be easy when you reach the age where you start losing so many of your own age group. ((( Hugs )))
Comment by Jo Jerome on September 14, 2010 at 12:13pm
@Susan - Yes you can block games like Farmville/frontierville. But there are a thousand little individual apps associated with them that each need to be blocked individually. I'm guessing the app providers do this intentionally so they can keep getting through. It's ok; I just keep blocking.

@Joan - If you mouse around to the right of someone's post there's a hidden "X" that will appear when you mouse over it. Click on it and if the post came via an app it will give you the option to block the person 'OR' block just the app.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 11:05am
@NoSacredCow, I knew you were a person I wanted to know better; I guess it was your passion, your conviction. And, I do like the more reasoned correspondence better. Thank you for your kind words.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 11:02am
So sorry, you got a double dose! I could not get into Atheist News and thought my first article was erased.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 10:59am
It appears my last comment did not get posted; if that is true, I shall write it again. If you have already read this, sorry!

At my age of life (74) many of my closest and dearest friends die. In August, a friend, an elderly fellow with white flowing hair and a long white beard died of old age. We had tea and biscuits every week with his beloved dog Molly. He was an atheist, a Shakespearean actor, an environmentalist and avid conservationist. He taught me how to farm worms and make better composts. He died knowing that means the end ... no heaven to expect, but the end of pain came as a willing friend.

Another of my closest friends, a young woman, a fine chef who trained under Jacques Pépin, held cooking classes in her home and I attended for the last five years, not because I am a slow learner, but because she taught more than cooking, she taught about life. She also died in August; Her dying was a long and hard one from ovarian cancer that would not stop spreading. I shaved my head when she lost her hair the first time and loved the cut, thus, my short haircut.

Another of my dearest friends is quadriplegic from M.S. and can no longer feed herself. We meet every Wednesday morning for brunch and talk politics, religion, and whatever else comes to mind. She finds great comfort in her faith and prayers. I have no interest in changing her beliefs, and I do want to share, both of us, about whatever topic, even faith and no-faith in religion. As best of friends we can be open, honest, compassionate.

And finally, my longest and dearest friend, in the last stages of lung cancer, turns to the hymns of her childhood for comfort, and the community in her church, even as she does not believe the stories of ancient times. To her, community is the important part of her faith.

I have absolutely no interest in changing other peoples minds about ... whatever ... until and unless they impose their beliefs on me or on the institutions of government or education or family planning. Then, I am able and willing to fight hard and long.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 10:24am
I am at an age in life (74) when many of my friends are dying. In August, two of my dearest and most precious friends died, one an atheist, the other a Roman Catholic. In each case they turned for comfort to the beliefs that they lived. Another very close friend is quadriplegic from M.S., is a devout Christian and finds great comfort in her prayers and her hope of being with loved ones. We have brunch together every Wednesday morning and I now have to feed her. I make absolutely no attempt to speak "reason" to her. She needs all the comfort she can muster. Another of my dearest and closest friends is in the last stages of lung cancer and is failing very fast. She gathers her church friends around her like a warm quilt during winter, and faces the end of life is the end. To her, church is community. The rest is stories told by ancient people who did not understand the movement of the stars or the workings of the world.

The one thing I shared with all these friends is my honest understanding of life and death, not to change their beliefs, but to be an honest and true friend. I withheld nothing of myself from them. I would not make that choice in every case, but my intent is not to change other people, but to stop the abuses of religious people who impose their beliefs on me.

And keep creationism as a science out of our public schools! for that and other issues, I am able and willing to put up an honest fight.
Comment by Glenn Sogge on September 14, 2010 at 9:47am
Joan -- you can block individual applications or games but leave the person unblocked now. Of course, in some cases that means you never see them post anything :-)
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 9:45am
%Jo, I share your opinion of "farmville/frontierville/like this/like that/copy-and-paste-this-or-else ..." A dear and precious friend sends such nonsense and I block them, which means I have, in effect, blocked her. I am smart enough to figure out other ways to communicate with her without all that twaddle.

It seems to me that some time ago, one could block that garbage and still have correspondence with the individual. I don't know when it changed, but I don't like it.
 

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