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Atheist Group Claims Religious Bias in Charter School Run by Republican Representative

benjamin-franklin-charter-school[1]An atheist organization claims there’s a “significant religious bias” in a Queen Creek charter school run by Republican state Representative Eddie Farnsworth. [Read more]

I Took a Christian Virginity Pledge As a Child And It Nearly Destroyed My Life

Once I got married, it would be my duty to fulfill my husband’s sexual needs. I was told over and over again, so many times I lost count, that if I remained pure, my marriage would be blessed by God and if I didn’t that it would fall apart and end in tragic divorce. [Read more]

American Missionaries Infected with Ebola to Fly Back to United States

bruce-ribner[1]Two Samaritan’s Purse missionaries are to be evacuated in the coming days from Liberia to the United States for treatment of the highly contagious and deadly Ebola virus. [Read more]

Norway Banned ACE. Could the UK Follow?

Could ACE ever be banned in the UK? We’ve occasionally looked at this question in the past on Leaving Fundamentalism, but I’ve most recently argued that it would be better not to ban them. [Read more]

Creationist Ken Ham Blasts Atheist TV’s Launch

ken-ham[1]Ken Ham, founding president and CEO of Answers in Genesis, responded to the premiere of the world’s first ever all-atheist TV channel last week by blasting the efforts at “not just targeting adults with a hopeless message of godlessness, but … also trying to indoctrinate children into an atheistic worldview.” [Read more]

Church with No Religion to Open in Reading

The Sunday Assembly, a rapidly growing godless congregation, which was launched 18 months ago in London by comedians Pippa Evans and Sanderson Jones, is expected to open in Reading on September 28. [Read more]

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

dv1395052Young 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. [Read more]

Godly Game or Godless Satire? Countering Biblical Ignorance with Heretical Humor

goodchristiansgame[1]With fill-in-the-blank statements like “I got 99 problems but ________ ain’t one,” A Game for Good Christians, released earlier this year, offers a scriptural twist: most of the material from its 300-card deck has been lifted directly from the Bible, with chapter and verse to prove it. [Read more]

In Theory: Would Removing Chapter Numbers Harm the Bible’s Message?

A graphic artist/book designer from Santa Cruz has successfully raised $1.4 million, far exceeding the $37,000 he was seeking on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter to create a Bible without chapters. [Read more]

Restaurant’s ‘Prayer Discount’ Sparks Mix Of Praise, Anger

prayer_custom-535e314f74e38a9f7508fab8eaf9df1c44bd8f1c-s3-c85[1]When Jordan Smith got her tab after breakfast at Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, N.C., she was pleasantly surprised to find a 15 percent discount — for “praying in public.” [Read more]

Does God Hate Shrimp? When Biblical Citation Goes Awry

One of the most popular “West Wing” clips on YouTube is President Josiah Bartlet’s biblically-based takedown of a conservative radio talk-show host (a thinly veiled Dr. Laura), who confidently justifies her opposition to homosexuality by citing the Hebrew Bible. [Read more]

Italy Expels Imam for Preaching Hatred Against Jews

Angelino_Alfano_at_the_EPP_Study_Days_in_Palermo_2011.-422x369[1]Italian officials on Tuesday (Aug. 5) moved to expel a Moroccan imam who was caught on video inciting violence against Jews during Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. [Read more]

Pope Benedict XVI OK’d Abusive Priest in Paraguay, Local Bishop Says

A showdown between Pope Francis and a conservative bishop in Paraguay is heating up as the bishop rejected charges that he sheltered a priest accused of sexual misconduct, and claimed that Pope Benedict XVI himself vouched for the suspect cleric just days before his election as pope in 2005. [Read more]

God, Evolution and Hollywood

53dfb194a977a.image[1]July 29 marked the release of Darron Aronofsky’s controversial biblical epic “Noah” on DVD. While the film received mixed reviews from believers and atheists alike, one scene in particular — the film’s depiction of the creation — piqued some interest in both circles. [Read more]

When Waiting Wasn’t Worth It: Woman Speaks Out About Abstinence-Pledge Wedding Night Disaster

Taking a sexual abstinence pledge for religious reasons wasn’t worth it for one woman, XOjane.com reports. The report describes a woman who “wore her virginity like a pledge of honor,” only to lose her virginity on her wedding night and feel “dirty and wrong and sinful.” [Read more]

The Takenouchi Manuscripts and the Story of Humanity Never Told

takenouchi[1]The Takenouchi manuscripts are a set of mysterious documents that were rewritten by a man named Takenouchino Matori 1,500 years ago in a mixture of Japanese and Chinese characters, transcribed from even older texts. [Read more]

I’m Raising My Kids Atheist in a God-Obsessed Culture: How I Learned to Parent Godless Children

girl_prayer_flag[1]My children are surrounded by other kids’ prayers and patriotism. But I’m determined to teach them to ignore it. [Read more]

U.S. Backs Sunni Plan to Fight Islamic State Jihadists in Iraq

The U.S. is holding talks with Sunni Muslim officials in Iraq who have requested help in organizing grass-roots fighting forces to counter an extremist militant group seizing territory across the country. [Read more]

5 Phenomena That Science Has Yet To Fully Explain

placebo%20spine%20cut[1]Who doesn’t love a good mystery, especially one that stumps researchers? Popular Science‘s editor-in-chief, Cliff Ransom, moderated a panel about such seemingly inexplicable phenomena this weekend at Comic-Con in San Diego. [Read more]

What Are The Best Ways To Examine The Claims Of Religion?

I have said good philosophy of religion exists because there is bad Christian philosophy of religion that must be answered. And yet, I don’t think there is anything that atheists haven’t already answered. [Read more]

Natural News: A Truly Deadly Brand of Pseudoscience

Cover[1]If there was an award for the single greatest hub of pseudoscience on the internet, the website Natural News would well and truly take the crown tin foil hat. [Read more]

Separation Anxiety: Darrell Issa, the IRS and the Future of Church and State

Despite what Darrell Issa says, the IRS can and does do some good every once in a while. For example, thanks to a recent agreement between the IRS and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) a resolution was reached regarding an ongoing federal lawsuit regarding the non-enforcement of restrictions on political activity by tax-exempt religious organizations and churches. [Read more]

Gay, Christian and … Celibate: The Changing Face of the Homosexuality Debate

RNS-CELIBATE-GAYWhen Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. Rodgers had grown up in a nondenominational evangelical church where she assumed being gay wasn’t an option. [Read more]

Disaster and Nonreligion: Secular Theodicy from Japan

Human responses to disasters bring to light issues that debates over the nature of ‘nonreligion’ often do not address. [Read more]