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Op-Ed: Woman who damaged Satanic Temple seeks funds for war on Satan Special

Tallahassee - Last December, Susan Hemeryck created a stir when she allegedly vandalized a holiday display put up by The Satanic Temple. She was arrested for her trouble, on a charge of criminal mischief. However, the charge was dropped in March.

Madison first U.S. city to ban discrimination against atheists

Madison - This city in Wisconsin is now the first city in the U.S. to protect atheists and other non-religious people from discrimination thanks to an ordinance that was unanimously approved by the city council last Tuesday.

Atheists write their own Ten Commandments

Atheists now have their own version of the Ten Commandments, or more precisely, what the organizers and judges of the Rethink Prize crowdsourcing project to codify statements summarizing the beliefs of atheists called "Ten Non-Commandments."

Florida gives Satanists right to erect 'Angel in Hellfire' scene

Miami - In 2013, Florida passed a law which gave equal representation to Christians, Jews, secular humanists, atheists, and Pastafarians, thus allowing them to construct testaments to their own faith (or lack thereof) on the grounds of the state Capitol.

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.

Pope Francis says atheists who do good are redeemed too

Rome - Pope Francis caused mild surprise when he said in a homily he delivered on Wednesday that everyone is redeemed through Jesus, even atheists. He urged people of different beliefs and backgrounds to work together.

Secular fundamentalists are the American Taliban

Controversial radio host Bryan Fisher is at it again, labelling "secular fundamentalists" as the American version of the Taliban.

Atheists take offence at 'Merry Christmas Bill'

Atheists in Texas have come out against a bill that would allow teachers to tell their students "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukkah".

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.

Atheists can be jailed in Kentucky for not acknowledging God

American Atheists have submitted a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court in a bid to overturn a Kentucky homeland security law which can send atheists to jail for up to 12 months for refusing to acknowledge "Almighty God."

Atheists upset at 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' church field trip

Little Rock - In the words of the immortal Charlie Brown, "Good grief." Some parents are upset at a Little Rock grade school for wanting to take students on a field trip to see a stage play of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" held at a local church.

Video: Pat Robertson blames atheists for Sikh temple shooting

Oak Creek - The 700 Club's Pat Robertson has blamed atheists and people who "hate God" for the Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

25,000 atheists brave rain to show solidarity at Reason Rally Special

Washington - Despite the elements, atheists from all over the world descended upon Washington, D.C. in a monumental effort to bring secular thinking and ideas to the forefront and to announce to the world, "We are here, and we're not going anywhere."

Atheists hold Reason Rally at National Mall, Washington D.C.

Washington - A coalition of atheists and secular organizations are holding a rally on Saturday that they say is the largest gathering of atheists in history. Thousands of people are expected at the "Reason Rally," already dubbed "Woodstock for Atheists."

Op-Ed: D.C.'s Reason Rally — Largest secular gathering in history

Washington - On March 24, the National Mall in Washington D.C. will be the site of the largest gathering of atheists, agnostics, and secular humanists in history.

Study says atheist academics are taking their children to church

A new study published in the December issue of Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion says a higher than expected number of atheist academics are taking their children to church even though they profess no personal religious beliefs of their own.

Survey: BBC employs more atheists and agnostics than Christians

London - A recent internal audit survey carried out in compliance with the 2010 Equality Act has shown that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) employs more atheists and agnostics ("non-believers") than Christians.

Study says religious people distrust atheists as much as rapists

A new study by the University of B.C. says religious people distrust atheists more than they do persons from other religious groups, gays and feminists. The study found that the only group religious people distrust as much as atheists are rapists.

Atheists plan 'rapture parties' in contrast to doomsayers weekend

In response to the end-of-the-world certainty espoused by Christian minister Harold Camping, atheists nationwide are planning 'rapture parties' this coming weekend to celebrate their ongoing existence.

Vatican wants to reach out to atheists – but some are not welcome

In what seems to be a one-way initiative, the Vatican has set up a new project to reach out to atheists – but prominent atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens will not be allowed to take part.

The Church, Sex Abuse Legislation, Robocalls, and a Lawsuit

A surprising confluence of intense issues has concentrated itself in Brooklyn, New York. All this might not have come to light, had not the Bishop tried to thank the Assemblyman

Are Angels and Demons Among Us? Special

With the upcoming film Angels and Demons one wonders how many people really believe in them. Do they exist and what are their function? It turns out that many people believe in them and think they have a purpose in our lives.

Will atheists finally be allowed to run for office in Arkansas?

February 11th, 2009, a bill was introduced to repeal the prohibition against atheists holding any civil office in Arkansas. Will atheists finally be allowed to run for office?

Atheists go to court to take away prayers at Obama inauguration

An atheist group has filed a lawsuit to stop pastors from delivering religious prayers during Obama’s inauguration ceremony on January 20. They also want the Chief Justice to leave out the phrase “so help me God”.

Atheist Family in Texas Challenging Neutrality of a 'Moment Of Silence'

The neutrality of a mandatory Texas law that requires all students take a minute of silence every morning to reflect, meditate, pray or engage in whatever silent activity they wish is under attack. This time, its round 2 by a family of Atheists.

Archbishop of Westminster: One Step Forward, Half a Step Back

Tolerance of unbelievers has never been a strong point with the Catholic Church, so a recent statement by Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, The Archbishop of Westminster, will probably be welcomed by most atheists and agnostics.

Atheist Group Challenges Bush's Faith-Based Initiatives

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which was formed to challenge Government-supported religion-based laws, used to be an obscure group but is now gaining power and having a few successes.

The 'New Atheists'? A New Way to Propogate 'Old' Information

What is this "New Atheism"? Is it really New?

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