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Sheriff's Easter Facebook Post Makes Atheists $15K

'He is risen' to the tune of $41K total

(Newser) - An eastern Tennessee sheriff's Facebook post celebrating Easter has made a group of atheists $15,000 richer, the AP reports. News organizations report that Bradley County reached a settlement Thursday with the American Atheists organization over Sheriff Eric Watson's post on the department's Facebook page over Easter.... More »

Years After Mysterious Death, 1st Nazi Hunter in Limelight

Prosecutor Fritz Bauer wasn't just Jewish, but a gay atheist

(Newser) - Nearly 50 years after he was mysteriously found dead in a bath tub, two new films are helping to put Germany's first Nazi hunter Fritz Bauer "back where he belongs: in the collective consciousness," reports Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung , via AFP . Both Labyrinth of Lies by Giulio... More »

Famed Atheist: The 'Clock Kid' Is a Fraud

Richard Dawkins lays into 14-year-old kid

(Newser) - Think the "clock kid" has a friend in famed atheist Richard Dawkins? Seems not: Ahmed Mohamed, 14, who was arrested in Texas when authorities thought he'd built a bomb instead of a clock, perpetrated "fraud" and perhaps "wanted to be arrested," tweeted Dawkins today. Here'... More »

Atheists Banned From Public Office in 7 States

Nonbelievers attempting to get rules dumped

(Newser) - If you're an atheist living in Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Texas, you're technically not allowed to hold public office. Those states have articles in their constitutions requiring public officials to believe in God—in fact, in Maryland, even jurors and witnesses are technically... More »

'Godless' Churches Open Doors

To the tune of 'Man in the Mirror,' in some cases

(Newser) - Apparently, atheists are yearning for their crack at potluck dinners and picnics: There's no church in the traditional sense, and no steeple, but what opened its doors in Rochester, NY, this past Sunday is no less than an atheist church. Dubbed the Sunday Assembly , the group skipped the pastor... More »

Air Force Boots Atheist Who Won't Say 'God' in Oath

Critics say requirement is 'unconstitutional,' secular oath should be allowed

(Newser) - Critics are decrying an "unconstitutional" Air Force decision to refuse an airman's re-enlistment after the unnamed officer crossed out the words "so help me God" in the oath papers he had to sign, reports the Air Force Times . Although the Air Force hasn't confirmed details, a... More »

Atheist Sues After NJ Rejects Her License Plate

State deems '8THEIST' offensive

(Newser) - New Jersey has a free-speech lawsuit on its hands after a woman's attempt to score an atheist license plate got rejected, reports . Shannon Morgan says it was bad enough when she typed in 8THEIST on the state website and learned that it was deemed objectionable. But when... More »

Atheists Converge on Mormon Country

Columnist finds that the two groups have a lot in common

(Newser) - Leaders of a national atheist group say the best spot to find a nonbeliever is in a place of faith. To that end, the American Atheists, in an effort to raise awareness and attract new members, are holding their annual conference over Easter weekend in Salt Lake City, the home... More »

Bitter Split Riles Atheist Church

New York non-believers break off from London group

(Newser) - Atheist-church leaders in New York have bitterly broken away from their central church in London, creating what may be the first schism in modern organized atheism, CNN reports. Late last year, Lee Moore and two other members of The Sunday Assembly's franchise in New York broke off and created... More »

Comic Raises $125K for Atheist Tornado Survivor

Doug Stanhope liked her candid CNN interview

(Newser) - Abrasive stand-up comedian Doug Stanhope is helping out a few people in need—if not in the most charitable spirit. The funny man known for drinking and smoking on-stage has raised more than $100,000 for an Oklahoma family whose house was leveled by a tornado earlier this year, Raw... More »

America Might Be Ready for an Atheist President

New Republic essay thinks another political taboo is poised to fall

(Newser) - A Politico Magazine story sounds a pessimistic note about the prospects for an atheist president, noting that Barney Frank came out as gay 25 years ago but waited until after his political retirement to announce that he was a non-believer. But at the New Republic , Isaac Chotiner finds "surprising... More »

US Atheists Can Now Attend a 'Mega-Church'

'Sunday Assemblies' springing up across America

(Newser) - Which of these things is not like the other: Sunday mornings, music, inspirational speakers, atheists? Trick question! They all belong together, reports the AP in a look at the "atheist mega-churches" that are now finding a toehold in the US. The "Sunday Assemblies" have relatively short roots, having... More »

Christian College Student President Comes Out ... as Atheist

Eric Fromm: "I don’t have to hide anymore"

(Newser) - What's worse than coming out as a gay man at a Christian college? Perhaps coming out as a longtime atheist. Student body president Eric Fromm dropped the bombshell on his peers at Oregon's Northwest Christian University last week in the Beacon Bolt student newspaper, as pointed out by... More »

Pope Reaches Out to Atheists in Letter to Newspaper

Says 'God's mercy' also extends to them

(Newser) - In yet another nontraditional act, Pope Francis has reached out to atheists and agnostics in a letter to an Italian newspaper. Francis told atheists that they should "abide by their own conscience" and that "God's mercy" extends to them, too. (They weren't his first welcoming words... More »

At 10 Commandments Shrine, Atheists Build ... a Bench?

Because, they say, it's practical

(Newser) - Thou shalt not believe? A group of atheists are holding a sit-down—quite literally—at a monument to the 10 Commandments outside a Florida courthouse. As a testament to their non-belief and a protest to the granite slab they sought to remove, American Atheists unveiled their own monument yesterday: A... More »

31 Celebrity Atheists

Daniel Radcliffe, Keira Knightley, and other stars who don't believe in God

(Newser) - Not all celebrities are thanking God when they practice their Oscar acceptance speeches. CNN rounds up 31 famous atheists:
  • Daniel Radcliffe: "I'm an atheist, but I'm very relaxed about it. I don't preach my atheism, but I have a huge amount of respect for people like
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The Good News: Pope Francis Is Cool With Atheists

The godless may not care, but Mary Elizabeth Williams applauds His Holiness' tolerance

(Newser) - Pope Francis had a refreshing message when asked about atheists yesterday on Vatican radio, assuring his flock that yes, the godless could be good people, too. "'But father, he is not Catholic! He cannot do good,'" Francis imagined a follower protesting. "Yes, he can. He... More »

Punishment for Atheism in 7 Countries: Death

And atheists don't enjoy full rights in Arkansas: report

(Newser) - Choosing not to believe can be a deadly choice in seven of the world's countries, according to a new report out today. It found that atheists can be executed for their views in Afghanistan, Iran, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan. Reuters notes that the report didn't... More »

This Year's Nativity Flap: the 'Atheists Won'

Judge's ruling will likely end 60-year Santa Monica tradition

(Newser) - After almost 60 years of displaying Nativity scenes in a public park, Santa Monica Christians may be out of luck: A judge yesterday tentatively ruled to bar such scenes, and all other seasonal displays, from public spaces. The fight between the Christian groups and atheists began a few years back,... More »

Cheerleaders Start Row With Bible Verse Banners

They hire a lawyer when atheist group takes issue

(Newser) - A squad of East Texas cheerleaders wants everyone to know they have God on their side—even if it means going to court. The Kountze High School squad had taken to holding up gigantic banners with Bible verses on them before every game, so that the Kountze players could dramatically... More »

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