Some 130 million years ago, in a galaxy far away, the smoldering cores of two collapsed stars smashed into each other. The resulting explosion sent a burst of gamma rays streaming through space and rippled the very fabric of the universe. On Aug. 17, those signals reached Earth — and sparked...
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    You’d never guess, from the public face the Democratic party presents, that atheists are a loyal and increasingly important constituency. At the Democratic National Convention last week, God and religion were front and center. Clergy members gave fiery addresses. Hillary Clinton avowed her Methodist faith, while her running mate, Tim...
  • Trump’s LGBT comments remind me of Hitler: Cyndi Lauper

    Cyndi Lauper blasted Donald Trump during a Friday radio interview, comparing him to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The 63-year-old singer/songwriter and activist told the hosts of San Diego’s Morning News she didn’t think the U.S. presidential candidate’s reality show credentials were enough to convince voters he should be the nation’s...
  • Do Atheists Have A Sexism Problem?

    In a video blog, the popular skeptic blogger recalled a man following her into an empty elevator and inviting her up to his room after she spoke about feminism at a European atheist conference last June. “Guys,” she said with a bit of a laugh, “don’t do that.” Hers...
  • Iran executes gay teenager in violation of international law

    Iran’s regime executed a gay adolescent in July – the first confirmed execution of someone convicted as a juvenile in the Islamic Republic in 2016 – Amnesty International reported this week. Hassan Afshar, 19, was hanged in Arak Prison in Iran’s Markazi Province on July 18, after he was...
  • Cyber jihadists attack Atheist groups on Facebook

    In February 2016, ten of the largest Arabic-speaking atheist groups, with a total of about 100,000 members, have been deactivated for the same reason: heavy reporting campaigns that are organized by “cyber jihadist” fundamentalist Islamic groups, especially for the removal of any anti-Islamic group or page. In such coordinated...
  • Atheists Tell Florida Schools: Follow the Law on Pledge of Allegiance Issue

    Cranford, NJ—American Atheists, in partnership with the Central Florida Freethought Community, has sent letters to each of Florida’s 67 county school districts advising them of their obligations to protect the rights of students who wish to opt out of participating in the Pledge of Allegiance. In September 2015, the American...
  • Trump Pledge to Allow Church Politicking is a Disaster

    In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday, July 21, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pledged to end the long-standing ban on churches engaging in political activities. Since 1954, the so-called “Johnson Amendment” has banned political activity for churches, other houses of worship, and all other tax-exempt organizations....
  • 11 Things Atheists Couldn’t Do Because They Didn’t Believe In God

    When it comes to discussions on institutionalized discrimination, atheists often are left out. That may not surprise many. In a world with widespread prejudice based on gender, race and sexuality, it may be hard for people to get incensed over a story about nonbelievers fighting to remove the phrase...
  • Jesus, Trump, and American Morality

    Imagine a hard-core vegetarian wearing an “I heart veal” T-shirt. Or think about a Libertarian who yearns for only one thing: increased governmental oversight. Such hypothetical individuals are – obviously – blatant contradictions. And that’s why they don’t actually exist. There is, however, one confounding contradiction that does exist in American...
  • Closer Look at The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

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