Category Archives: freedom from religion

The first U.S. penny touts science, not God

Reader Will called my attention to a new piece in CNN News describing the auction of the first U.S. one cent coin for a cool 1.2 million dollars. Now that’s a pretty penny! It’s the famous “Birch Cent,” made in 1792, and apparently only ten of them are in existence. But what’s nice about it is what Will imparted in […]

Myanmar sentences 3 people to two years in prison for depicting Buddha with headphones

If anybody thinks that Buddhists are a lot less concerned about criticism of their faith than are members of other religions, think twice. Myanmar, for instance, is hard on its Muslim minority population: even one of my heroes, Ang San Suu Kyi, has been criticized for being indifferent to the welfare of those Muslims. And now […]

Tennessee representative proposes bill recognizing God’s absolute governance over his state

In any country other than the U.S.—save perhaps in the Middle East—this headline would be assumed to be a spoof. But here in the U.S. it’s business as usual, especially in the South.  The Johnson City Press in Tennessee reports that state representative James (Micah) van Huss, who has a bachelor’s degree in computer science […]

Today’s banner for the Indianapolis Star

What’s wrong with this newspaper heading? Now how objective do you think this paper can be about matters religious? h/t: A

Dawkins in Time Magazine: Stop indoctrinating children with religion

This piece by Richard Dawkins appeared in the online Time Magazine ten days ago, and I think it’s a great sign that a mainline media venue, one not known for criticizing religion, publishes something so “strident.” The essay, appearing in the “Religion” section, is called “Dawkins: Don’t force your religious opinions on your children.” If you’ve read […]

Making a virtue of necessity: Australian Anglicans tell schoolkids how great sex is

Reader Scott from Australia sent me this short video of two of his religious countrymen (countrypeople?) discussing whether God wants them to have sex. The answer was a resounding “yes,” and when I was told this was a video designed by Anglicans to be part of the religious curriculum in public schools,  I thought it was […]

Another parent gets a slap on the wrist for medically abusing her child in the name of faith

I’ve written a lot about religion exemptions for children’s medical care, which I see as one of the greatest harms of the clash between science and faith in America. Thousands of sick children have died because their parents, rather than taking them to regular doctors, rely on faith healing instead. And most states give the parents […]

Troy University chancellor issues notapology for promoting religion to students and faculty

On January 2 I wrote a short piece about how Jack Hawkins, the chancellor (i.e., president) of Troy University, a public university in Alabama, sent a 90-second video (below) to all the students and faculty of his university. As the Telegraph reported, the email was meant to be . . . a “reminder” of what […]

Chancellor of public university in Alabama violates U. S. Constitution by promoting religion to students and faculty

This piece of news is from—where else?—the benighted state of Alabama (yes, I know some of you freethinkers live there). As the Torygraph reports, Jack Hawkins, chancellor of  Alabama’s Troy University, a public school, was so impressed by the pro-religion video shown below that he sent it to all the faculty and staff. But let’s deal […]

McMullen case resolved: a big victory for secularism as proselytizing professor told to keep opinions on Christianity and creationism to himself

Our plane to Calcutta has been delayed by three hours due to fog (this is typical), so I’m able to write this post passing on some good news. You may have forgotten the case of Emerson T. McMullen, the Georgia Southern University (GSU) history professor (actually, an associate professor) who proselytized both Christianity and creationism […]

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