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Calling all freelance writers

In case you haven't heard by now, the Examiner.com staff is looking to add more writers to its site.



If you are a writer and are interested in becoming a freelance writer with Examiner, they are now looking for writers to write on a national level as well as on the local level. They have a great number of topics you can choose from (doesn't have to be atheism). Also, if you feel you want to write about somethig that isn't listed, you can suggest a new topic (that's how I got the… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on November 12, 2009 at 9:14am — No Comments

Faith healing proponent parents sentenced for death of daughter

Dale and Leilani Neumann of Wausau, Wisconsin could have saved their daughter. But they chose to rely on God rather than take their daughter to the doctor. Because they imposed their religious beliefs on their 11-year-old daughter, the young girl died. Yes, the parents have a right to believe as they like, but what about the rights of their daughter? Didn't she have a right to live?



The couple was sentenced yesterday for their part in their daughter's death. They received a sentence… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on October 7, 2009 at 7:55am — 11 Comments

Denver school to include irreligion in its 'Assets' after settling lawsuit with FFRF

The national Freedom From Religion Foundation has settled a federal lawsuit against the Cherry Creek School District in Denver, Colo., over a policy that urged children to spend an hour a week at a religious institution. The District and the Foundation agreed upon wording to include encouragement to children to spend an hour a week in various civic or educational pursuits, including not only religious but irreligious.…



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Added by Trina Hoaks on August 31, 2009 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Atheists victorious - Judge orders 'Almighty God' in Kentucky unconstitutional

When American Atheists (AA) realized that the Kentucky office of Homeland Security had '"God" in its law, it sprang to action. Along with 10 other plaintiffs, AA filed suit to get the reference to God removed from the law.



According to AA, the "2006 law... blatantly mixes church and state, in defiance of the US Constitution." The law they speak of requires that the executive director of Kentucky's Homeland Security shall "[p]ublicize the findings of the General Assembly stressing the… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on August 30, 2009 at 11:54am — 1 Comment

New company to rescue left-behind pets after the Rapture

A new company has started up - a company that will rescue and care for pets once their owners are Raptured away. Christians, take note - this is no joke. Just as it says on the official Eternal Earth-Bound Pets, USA Web site, this is serious.



Have you ever wondered who will care for your pets once you are joined with your maker in Heaven? Well, now you can put your mind at ease. For a small fee, you can rest easy knowing that the fine folks at Eternal Earth-Bound Pets will rescue and… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on August 27, 2009 at 4:24pm — 10 Comments

FFRF intervenes in Michigan school Christmas break dispute

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state/church watchdog and the nation's largest association of atheists and agnostics, has written public school officials in Petoskey, Mich., to object to unconstitutional wording on the school calendar.



On Aug. 18 during a closed session, the school board voted unanimously to change the wording of the school calendar from "Winter holiday break" to "Christmas break." That was eight days after the board treasurer, Jack Waldvogel, sent an… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on August 27, 2009 at 6:33am — 8 Comments

Ohio school district lists 'Belief in God' as key value

A public school district in Uniontown, Ohio, erred by listing "belief in God" in its mission statement as a district "value," the Freedom From Religion Foundation says. The Foundation sent a letter Aug. 26 to Lake Local School District after one of its Ohio members alerted FFRF, which has about 350 Ohio members and 13,900 nationwide.



The suspect wording was included in the August 2009 issue of Blue Streak News, a district publication.



In the Foundation's letter, staff… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on August 27, 2009 at 6:31am — 2 Comments

Washington will have a tree this year for Christmas - no nativity - no signs

After considering input from the public, lawmakers in Washington state have made a decision about how they will handle displays at the Capitol building in Olympia this holiday (Christmas) season. In an attempt to avoid all the nonsense that ensued last year, which gained national media attention, it has been decided that nothing will be allowed to be placed inside Capitol building.



The only thing that will be present this year is a holiday tree. According to a report on The Seattle… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on August 26, 2009 at 9:04am — 3 Comments

Successes and disappointments of Secular Coalition in 2009

The Secular Coalition for America has been working hard to have the atheist voice not only heard but taken into consideration in Washington for years. As a result of their diligence, nontheists have finally earned enough respect to be given a seat at the political table.



During 2009, SCA has had many successes in Washington and it has suffered some disappointments. However, they are still working hard, with Sean Faircloth, the new executive director at the helm to continue to work… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on August 26, 2009 at 7:54am — No Comments

Anti-atheist-ad bus driver returns to work - no guarantees

The bus driver who refused to drive a Des Moines area transit bus last week that had the above atheist ad on it has returned to work. Angela Shiel, refused to take over the bus, which had passengers on it and was in mid-route, because she felt the ads were against her religion. She was suspended from her job after the incident and faced termination.



Now Shiel is back at work with no guarantee that she will not be faced once again with the same "dilemma." Chances are that she could be… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on August 25, 2009 at 7:36am — 2 Comments

Driver suspended for refusing to drive bus with atheist ad

The Des Moines, Iowa, bus driver who refused to drive a bus with the above ad on it has been suspended from her job. According to a report, Angela Shiel refused to drive the bus because the ad of the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers goes against her Christian faith. The 8-year employee faces termination.



According to the report, the general manager of Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART), Brad Miller, said that "DART policy states that drivers cannot choose which buses… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on August 19, 2009 at 9:12am — 4 Comments

WWDD? What would Darwin do?

So often people try to suppose what some historical figures might think, say, or do were they alive in current times. And this is especially true in the ongoing debates on separation of church and state, atheism versus theism, and science versus religion. It seems in these debates no people are invoked in this way more than the Founding Fathers and Charles Darwin.



To take someone like Charles Darwin, who lived in the 1800s, and suppose one might know how he would respond to anything… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on August 11, 2009 at 10:03am — No Comments

Iowa atheist ads will be restored to buses

UPDATED



The Iowa Atheist and Freethinkers (IAF) group met today with the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) to discuss the above ad that was pulled from Des Moines buses just days after they went up. DART pulled the ads, supposedly, because they were never approved in the first place. However, the ads somehow were produced and placed on buses - even without approval.…



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Added by Trina Hoaks on August 7, 2009 at 10:53pm — 5 Comments

Iowa atheists meet with transit authority to discuss pulled bus ads

The Iowa Atheist and Freethinkers (IAF) group met today with the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) to discuss the above ad that was pulled from Des Moines buses just days after they went up.

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Added by Trina Hoaks on August 7, 2009 at 10:26pm — No Comments

Ben Stein 'expelled' from his job with The New York Times

Ben Stein has been fired from his job with The New York Times. Karma? (wink:wink)



Stein was criticized by many in atheistic circles, so to speak, after he misled prominent atheists like Richard Dawkins and PZ Myers to get them to participate in the making of his movie, Expelled. He also came under fire after PZ was not allowed to attend a showing of the movie for which he had tickets. So, karma or not, there are likely to be many who will shed no tears for Stein. Some may even… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on August 7, 2009 at 11:41am — 8 Comments

Iowa governor 'disturbed' by atheist bus ad message

Well, now that the atheist bus ads have been pulled from transit buses in Des Moines, controversy is brewing as to the truth of why they were pulled.



On the one hand, the transit authority claims that the ads were never approved in the first place and that they were accidentally put on buses. On the other hand, the group, Iowa Atheist and Free Thinkers, that sponsored the ads said the ads were approved.…



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Added by Trina Hoaks on August 6, 2009 at 5:40pm — 5 Comments

Pshycologists say 'no' to gay-to-straight therapy

The American Psychological Association adopted a resolution Wednesday stating that mental health professionals should avoid telling clients that they can change their sexual orientation through therapy or other treatments.



The "Resolution on Appropriate Affirmative Responses to Sexual Orientation Distress and Change Efforts" also advises that parents, guardians, young people and their families avoid sexual orientation treatments that portray homosexuality as a mental… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on August 5, 2009 at 9:25pm — 2 Comments

Is atheist rapper Charlie Check'm a bigot and a homophobe or do we just disagree?

There has been quite a bit of hubbub surrounding atheist rapper, Charlie Check'm, over at Atheist Nexus. The hubbub has resulted not only in the rapper's banning from Atheist Nexus but in the revoking of his invitation from Brother Richard of Atheist Nexus to perform at the Atheist Nexus sponsored "Live Dance Party" which is scheduled for the Atheist Alliance International convention that is coming up in October.…



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Added by Trina Hoaks on August 5, 2009 at 8:35pm — 9 Comments

Profiles of the godless - Survey results released

The best statistical portrait yet available of atheists, agnostics, humanists and other nonreligious Americans, based on data collected from nearly 6,000 respondents, has just been published in Free Inquiry magazine (Vol. 29, No. 5, pps. 41-45).

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Added by Trina Hoaks on August 5, 2009 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Much ado about a lawsuit - FFRF sues to keep religious engravings out of CVC

There is much ado being made of the lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to keep religious words from being engraved in the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC). Specifically, according to a FFRF press release, the lawsuit was filed "to stop the prominent engraving of 'In God We Trust' and the religious Pledge of Allegiance at the Capitol."



The media has grabbed hold of this story and doesn't seem to want to let go. Most of reports on the lawsuit are less than… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on July 21, 2009 at 5:55pm — No Comments

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