‘Atheism is the last taboo,’ says advocate for nonbelievers
WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Margaret Downey was dressed all in white as suffragist Alice Paul, registering students at Haverford College to vote last month, when a young man asked about the stack of...
Atheist blogger appeals for funds to help him ‘Escape Egypt’
CAIRO (AP) — A prominent atheist video blogger says he has given up hope on life in Egypt and has launched a crowdfunding page called "Help Me Escape Egypt" to aid him in purchasing another nationality so he can override an exit ban imposed by the secret police.
Freedom From Religion Foundation to broadcast new, weekly talk show
The Freedom From Religion Foundation will broadcast a weekly television show beginning today.
“Freethought Matters” will be a half-hour talk show hosted by the foundation’s co-presidents, Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, and featuring notable “freethinking celebrities,” Gaylor said.
Efforts to mend China-Vatican rift seem stalled over bishops
BEIJING (AP) — The Vatican's efforts to heal a decades-long rift with China appear to have stalled, with each side still unwilling to accept controversial bishops appointed by the other.
In recent months, Beijing has appeared to take a harder line toward believers, and has ordered the country's estimated 12 million Catholics to shun foreign influence and to "Sinosize" their Church.
Herb Silverman reflects on his life, beliefs as a public atheist
Herb Silverman was born on June 14, 1942 — Flag Day, which perhaps accounts for his patriotism. He came of age in the turbulent 1960s, attending first Temple University in Philadelphia, then Syracuse University in the middle of New York State, earning degrees in mathematics.
Church, state seeing eye to eye in Putin’s Orthodox Russia
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church is expanding its influence in what was once an officially godless state — and President Vladimir Putin appears eager to harness that resurgent power of faith to promote his own agenda.
EDITORIAL: Meaning of Christmas challenged again
It's easy to tell Christmas is coming to Southeast Texas. Homes are alight, stores are packed ... and the city of Orange is fighting with its atheists. It wouldn't be Christmas without the Grinch, right?
In a move that would have done the grumpy green one proud, the city froze out the Orange County Atheists of Texas from its Christmas display - again.
‘Gods of Atheism’ event in San Antonio to push back at American culture — hard
More than 1,600 San Antonians are expected at this weekend’s sold-out “Gods of Atheism” conference at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa to hear from a Catholic TV celebrity, a former college volleyball player whose powerful conversion led to a convent and a Philadelphia-based “demonologist” who has witnessed exorcisms across the country.
Woman settles lawsuit, now OK to use ‘8THEIST’ license plate
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A woman whose request for a vanity license plate reading "8THEIST" was denied two years ago when state officials said it might be considered offensive will now be allowed to display it.
A settlement filed in federal court on Friday resolves a lawsuit filed in 2014 by Shannon Morgan. As part of the settlement, the state Motor Vehicle Commission also will issue the following vanity plates or "combinations that are substantially similar": SECULAR,...