As a prelude to the American Atheists National Convention taking place this weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah, a panel discussion
was held Wednesday night between atheists Dave Silverman
and author Joanne Hanks
and Mormon authors Drs. J. B. Haws and Richard Holzapfel
I don't know which one of you is messing with Google Maps, but I have to admit these labels in Topeka, Kansas
are pretty accurate:
(Thanks to @JakeBe5
for the link!)
This is a guest post by Ellery Schempp. Ellery's protest against mandatory Bible readings at his public school played a pivotal role leading to the Supreme Court's 1963 decision to end the practice.
Last week, Brandeis University offered an honorary doctorate
to Ayaan Hirsi Ali
, and then quickly rescinded it when Muslim groups complained. Among other responses, I particularly enjoyed American Atheists' President David Silverman
's open letter
to the school's president, in which he stated he was "ashamed of [his] association with Brandeis University."
'Tis the season for bloodletting
in the Philippines:
Many Filipino devotees perform religious penance during the week leading up to Easter Sunday as a form of worship and supplication, a practice discouraged by Catholic bishops, but widely believed by devotees to cleanse sins, cure illness and even grant wishes.
And so they carry their 60-pound crosses while inviting bystanders to beat and kick them. Others whip themselves for hours until their backs are raw and bloody
If were to walk around Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago, you might see a giant 14-foot cross and image of Jesus put up by a Christian group
It's legal. They requested and received permission to do it.
But that means everyone else gets to join in the fun! Which is why the Metropolitan Chicago chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation put up its own display yesterday