A group whose focus is to wipe expressions of religion from the public square in the U.S. is attempting to stop Cullman County Schools in Alabama from conducting a prayer caravan that includes school district leaders stopping to pray at each school in early August. The atheist and "free thinkers" group is also asking the district to stop daily recitation of the Lord's Prayer over the schools' loudspeaker every morning.
Cullman County Schools Superintendent Billy Coleman was contacted by a lawyer from the Freedom From Religion Foundation with a letter which stated that the prayer caravan should be canceled and the daily prayer should stop because both are considered by the group to be unconstitutional.
Coleman said they've been doing the caravan for three years without any issues, according to WAFF.com. more >>
An upcoming "Nontheist" book and talk show aimed at promoting discussion between faiths and supporting a spiritual brand of atheism has drawn criticism from an acclaimed Christian apologist.
Apologist and professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary, Douglas Groothuis, attacked the inconsistencies of education adviser and coach Mark W. Gura's position in his book Blind Faith Virus Vaccine, due to hit Amazon.com on September 1 and the airwaves in October. In the book, Gura calls for open dialogue among different faiths, but argues that worship of Jesus Christ may separate one from the inner peace only found in atheism and Buddhist meditation.
"The atheist says that the universe is just here," Groothuis explained in a Thursday interview with The Christian Post. But Gura "is trying to sneak in some kind of purpose to a universe that can't have any purpose, given atheism, and he's trying to find a subjective spiritual meaning – hope – apart from a personal, moral, God, which cannot be done either." more >>
The National Atheist Party announced that it will now be called the "Secular Party of America," with a mission to become more inclusive and more accurately reflect the party's goals.
"We are certain that not only is the new name far more inclusive of a greater number of Americans that share our vision of true separation of church and state, but that it will open the door to those that may not have joined us if for no other reason than because 'Atheist' was in the name," said VP of Public Relations and Marketing Bernard "Flash" Kellish in a released statement.
"We were created by atheists as a way to be a hereunto unrepresented voice in politics and have been very successful. We will miss the old name but now it is time to move forward and focus on being a viable and respected political party. We hope to make a worldwide network of secular organizations." more >>
Former New York Times technology and culture writer Virginia Heffernan, who now writes for Yahoo! News, recently told the world she's a creationist and she has become a lightning rod for ridicule because of it.
"I am a creationist. There, I said it. At least you, dear readers, won't now storm out of a restaurant like the last person I admitted that to. In New York City saying you're a creationist is like confessing you think Ahmadinejad has a couple of good points. Maybe I'm the only creationist I know," Heffernan wrote in an article for Yahoo! News on Thursday.
In the article, she goes on to explain why she holds the view, tracing a reading experience spanning the Bible, Charles Darwin, Thomas Malthus, Stephen Jay Gould and Sam Harris. more >>
A Florida courthouse added an Atheist monument on June 29, right across from their monument of the Ten Commandments outside their building. Now both sides are calling it a victory.
The newly erected monument is a bench with an attached pillar that is etched with quotes from the perhaps one of the best known Atheists, Madalyn Murray O'Hair along with Biblical punishments for breaking the Ten Commandments.
According to The Record, the monument, created by the group American Atheists, is the first Atheist monument on government grounds. more >>
Notable atheist intellectual Richard Dawkins recently retweeted a post for his 756,000+ followers featuring a recently released anti-evolution film.
Last week, Dawkins retweeted a post that included a video by Ray Comfort titled "Richard Dawkins' Dirty Little Secret" and a link to a Facebook group for the film "Evolution vs. God."
"'Dawkins will have a cow.' http://bit.ly/12CSGb4 Fascinated to know what that means. Has the Banana Man finally over-reached himself?" tweeted Dawkins after posting the link. more >>