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CA mayor snubs atheists, blocks invocation, free speech Special

Chico - For some time now, atheists in Chico, California have been wanting to do an invocation at City Hall, ever since the Supreme Court recently sanctioned prayers before meetings of the town board in Greece, New York.

Creationism banned from UK schools

London - Britain's Conservative-led government has banned the teaching of creationism as a valid scientific theory in free schools and academies, the equivalent of public schools in the United States.

Defying court, Mississippi public school forces Christian prayer

Flowood - A Mississippi public school district openly defied a federal court order by forcing public school students attending a non-mandatory assembly to participate in a Christian prayer.

Atheists force W. Virginia school to cover gym wall Bible verse

Parkersburg - Officials at a West Virginia high school have painted over a Bible verse on a gym wall after a national atheist group informed them such endorsements of religion violated the Constitution.

Op-Ed: Idiotic Pew Global poll suggests atheists are immoral

In a report published March 13th, Pew Global found the majority of those polled throughout the world believe you must believe in God to be moral. It is a belief that is severely asinine.

Op-Ed: Top 5 Atheist Books of 2013

2013 was a very good year for books and though narrowing them down to five is no easy task, it seemed only right to provide some must read material to start your new year off right.

Op-Ed: South Carolina soup kitchen turns away atheist volunteers

Spartanburg - The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen in Upstate South Carolina has a clear message for atheists: 'we don't want help from the devil, and that means you.'

US atheists start PAC to elect nonreligious candidates

Washington - Nonreligious Americans have started a political action committee (PAC) with the goal of electing like-minded, free-thinking candidates.

Atheism a 'suicide risk,' US Marine Corps warns

United States Marine Corps training material designed to prevent troops from killing themselves teaches that atheism is a potential suicide risk.

Author claims atheism will replace religion by 2041

In a new study, Irish author and biopsychologist Nigel Barber is claiming atheism will replace religion by the year 2041.

Atheist group seeks $30,000 for hotline for those leaving faith Special

(UPDATED VERSION with interview from Recovering from Religion's Executive Director) An atheist group has announced plans for a hotline targeting people who are struggling with the desire to leave their religions.

Oklahoma student fighting to remove Ten Commandments from school

Muldrow - An Oklahoma teen and his sister are facing harassment after he contacted the nation's leading atheist group in a bid to have the biblical Ten Commandments removed from every classroom of his public high school.

New feature-length movie promotes science and advances atheism

A feature-length film from Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss asks which is more important - to explain science or to destroy religion.

Op-Ed: Atheist 'church' does not make atheism religious

London - Two British comedians have started a "church" for atheists in the UK. Some say it is the start of an atheist religion, others just think it is a "congregation of unreligious people."

Op-Ed: 10 Commandments of Atheism — Here comes the gravy train

Sydney - The “atheism industry” was already getting on my nerves. Most of these people I already suspected of being bandwagon-jumpers. Now, they’re becoming alternative moralists.

Religious composition of the US House & Senate revealed

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released a new analysis that says that the number of the 113th US Congress not identifying with a specific religions faith is larger than compared to the previous US Congresses.

Op-Ed: Atheists banned from holding public office in 7 states

Whenever Fox News blowhards like Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity or other reactionary hotheads spout off about the so-called "War on Christmas" being mercilessly waged by the ne'er-do-well forces of secularism, or worse, atheism, I always have to laugh.

Op-Ed: Godless America

Atheism, the position of not believing in a God or the acknowledgment that in fact there never was God? Either way the topic is creating a back lash of controversy among religious leaders and followers alike.

Op-Ed: Iranian Infidels — An Iranian Atheist speaks Special

If one was to describe today’s Iran as being schizophrenic, they might be onto something. On one hand, huge billboards and murals proudly proclaim its status as an Islamic Republic.

Multiculturalism should be abandoned, says expert

London - Professor Ted Cantle, an expert on community cohesion, argues that state funding of multiculturalism is turning Britain into a divided society.

Op-Ed: Study - Religion in global decline

Religion is in decline, according to a global survey. The study found only 59 percent of the world's population self identify as religious. The study found 13 percent identified as atheist, with a further 23 percent as "not religious".

Op-Ed: 'The Freethinker' — The nasty face of atheism

Beckenham - 'The Freethinker' styles itself 'the voice of atheism since 1881', but there is a lot more to this monthly journal than denying the existence of God.

Atheists target presidential candidates' faith with billboards

Charlotte - An atheist group is targeting the US presidential candidates' faiths in billboards rented in Charlotte, North Carolina ahead of next month's Democratic National Convention.

Op-Ed: The God particle has finally been discovered

On Wednesday, 4 July 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland, scientists working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced that they have found the elusive Higgs boson particles, sometimes referred to as the God particle.

Non-religious women join forces in new organization

Atlanta - Secular organizations tend to not be able to attract and retain female members, but a new group formed in Atlanta, GA is specifically geared toward the advancement of women with non-religious views.

American Atheists files suit in Bradford Co. monument case

Starke - The civil rights and First Amendment defenders officially filed a lawsuit against Bradford County, FL for their erection of a Ten Commandments monument in front of their courthouse.

Richard Dawkins: 'I want all our children to read the Bible'

Arch-atheist Richard Dawkins, who argues that the God of the Old Testament is a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser, thinks the government's plan to send a free copy of the King James Bible to every state school in England is a great idea.

Atheists protest Ten Commandments monument in Florida Special

Starke - A group of atheists descended upon the small town of Starke, Florida to protest the erection of a monument of the Ten Commandments in front of the Bradford County Courthouse.

Norway abolishes state-sponsored Church of Norway

In an unprecedented move, the Norwegian Parliament has voted to abolish the state-sponsored Church of Norway with a constitutional amendment.

Indonesian man faces prison for 'God doesn't exist' Facebook post

Alex Aan faces up to 11 years in prison, ostracism from his family, community, and country, and possible physical violence for admitting he is an atheist in a country where faith in God is mandatory.
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A mock-up of a CFI "skepticism" ad to be placed in Toronto subways
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Author and gender equality advocate Taslima Nasrin.
Author and gender equality advocate Taslima Nasrin.
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Crowds forming at the Reason Rally.
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Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke  Florida.
Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.
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Reason Rally emcee, comedian Paul Provenza.
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Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke  Florida.
Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.
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Tim Minchin playing his piano at the Reason Rally.
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Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke  Florida.
Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.
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Brandi Braschler, board director for the Humanists of Florida Association embraces her separation of church and state protest sign.
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Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke  Florida.
Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.
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In the United States, atheists face discrimination in their daily lives.
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Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke  Florida.
Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.
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Jessica Ahlquist being presented with her tuition check from the American Humanist Association.
Jessica Ahlquist being presented with her tuition check from the American Humanist Association.
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Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke  Florida.
Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.
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A billboard advertising The Freedom From Religion Foundation
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Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke  Florida.
Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.
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Bad Religion performing at the Reason Rally.
Bad Religion performing at the Reason Rally.
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Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke  Florida.
Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.
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Richard Dawkins autographing a book for a fan.
Richard Dawkins autographing a book for a fan.
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Students made up a large portion of the Reason Rally crowd.
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