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I'm an Atheist ... and I'm Still a Better Christian Than You

Ricky Gervais: So few Christians follow Jesus's teachings

(Newser) - Ricky Gervais may be an atheist, but he still believes he's a "good Christian." No, he doesn't believe "Jesus was half man, half God," but he still manages to best many actual Christians when it comes to behavior, he explains in the Wall Street ...

Atheist Creates 'Secular Bible'
 Atheist Creates 'Secular Bible' 

Atheist Creates 'Secular Bible'

AC Grayling used work of philosophers to create a guidebook

(Newser) - What would the Bible look like without all that God stuff in it? That's the question AC Grayling attempted to answer with his newly published The Good Book: A Humanist Bible. Instead of looking to prophets and apostles, Grayling compiled the wisdom of great philosophers and writers, reports CNN . “...

Bill O'Reilly on Science: You Can't Explain the Tides

O'Reilly flubs science in debate with man behind atheist billboards

(Newser) - Apparently, Bill O’Reilly has never heard of the moon. In a debate Tuesday with Dave Silverman, head of the American Atheist group behind this , the Fox host tried to prove the existence of God by citing the unknowable mysteries of the tides. “I’ll tell you why [religion...

Leading Atheists Are Way Too Smug
Today's Leading Atheists
Are Way Too Smug


Today's Leading Atheists Are Way Too Smug

S.E. Cupp thinks her fellow non-believers need some humility

(Newser) - Some of the leading voices of modern atheism—the likes of Christopher Hitchens, Bill Maher, and Sam Harris—tend to view people of faith as closed-minded fools, writes fellow atheist S.E. Cupp in the Daily News . But with their smug condescension, she thinks they're the ones guilty of the...

Atheists Know the Most About Religion: Study

Average member of the faithful has big knowledge gap

(Newser) - The people who know the most about religion are the people who don’t have one. In a recent Pew survey, atheists and agnostics knew more, on average, about religion than followers of any of the major faiths, the LA Times reports. The faithful displayed startling gaps in knowledge—a...

Christopher Hitchens Not Praying on 'Everybody Pray for Hitchens Day'
Hitchens Skipping His Prayer Day

Hitchens Skipping His Prayer Day

Still, it's a nice gesture—except those praying for him to go to hell

(Newser) - Today is “Everybody Pray for Hitchens Day,” but Christopher Hitchens himself “shall not be participating,” he tells the AP . The well-known atheist, diagnosed with esophageal cancer in June, has already eschewed the idea of a deathbed conversion, but the prayer idea went viral anyway. “I...

Hitchens: Don't Bother Praying For Me
Don't Bother Praying For Me

Hitchens: Don't Bother Praying For Me

Atheist says he's not into deathbed conversions

(Newser) - Ever since being diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus, Christopher Hitchens has been hearing it from religious people—from those who are praying for his soul, to those who think the cancer is a punishment sent from God. He scoffs at the latter. “Why not a thunderbolt for yours...

Author Hitchens Has Esophageal Cancer

He has to scale back book tour to get chemotherapy

(Newser) - British author and famous atheist Christopher Hitchens says he must undergo chemotherapy on his esophagus and has canceled some engagements. The 61-year-old Hitchens, whose most recent book, Hitch-22, is on Publishers Weekly's best-sellers list, posted a message on his publisher's website that he had been told by his doctor that...

Atheist Teacher Claims 'Holy Water Attack' by Colleagues

Teachers say it was perfume—and a joke

(Newser) - In another case of teachers donning the dunce cap, a pair of Florida women have been relegated to desk duty after they were accused of spritzing a fellow teacher who's an atheist with holy water. An atheist apparently without a sense of humor. In front of her class. The two...

Atheists Ask Obama to Scrap Day of Prayer

They prefer 'National Day of Reason'

(Newser) - The American Humanist Association wants Barack Obama to declare a “National Day of Reason” on May 6, instead of a National Day of Prayer. A federal judge last week declared the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional, saying it was an “inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function,...

2,500 Atheists Gather in Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention thought to be largest meeting of godless ever

(Newser) - If ever there was a group unafraid of a vengeful lightning bolt, it's the 2,500 atheists converging on Melbourne—likely the largest concentration of godless thinkers ever. The Global Atheist Convention says it doesn't intend to proselytize, and in fact discourages any “missionary zeal." Still, the convention...

Atheist Ads Hit California
 Atheist Ads Hit California 

Atheist Ads Hit California

Ad campaign for nonbelievers reaches coast to coast

(Newser) - Got God? You're not alone if you don't, and a new California ad campaign wants you to know that's OK. The agnostic/atheist organization United Coalition of Reason 's ads reassure nonbelievers that millions share their position, and has now officially reached more than a dozen cities coast-to-coast from Manhattan and...

Right-Wingers Go Ballistic Over Avatar

 Go Ballistic 
 Over Avatar  

Right-Wingers Go Ballistic Over Avatar

Anti-military sci-fi 'hippies' giving conservatives fits

(Newser) - Here's one more thing that's sure to rocket hyper-popular Avatar to even greater heights: right-wingers hate it. America's "prickly cadre of political conservatives" can't stand its eco message, negative portrayal of vicious military contractors and its "can't-we-all-get along counterculture vibe," writes Patrick Goldstein in the Los Angeles ...

Irish Atheists Use Carlin to Flout Law on Blasphemy

Zappa, Bjork and Jesus also make list of no-no quotations

(Newser) - An atheist group in Ireland thinks a new law against blasphemy is "silly and dangerous," and it's using everyone from Jesus to George Carlin to support its case. The Atheist Ireland website has put up 25 quotes it says would run afoul of the 2-day-old law, which forbids...

Atheist Ads to Hit NYC Subways
 Atheist Ads to 
 Hit NYC Subways 

Atheist Ads to Hit NYC Subways

Coalition to launch godless monthlong campaign

(Newser) - Eight atheist organizations are the creators of a unique month-long ad campaign beginning next week in Manhattan subways that will challenge the belief in God. "A million New Yorkers are good without God. Are you?" the ads will ask on posters featuring blue sky and clouds. Because the city's...

Atheists Split Over How Mean to Be to Faithful

'New atheists' want to decry religion, not just promote secularism

(Newser) - Can a non-religion schism? Maybe that’s too dramatic a phrase, but there’s a rift growing between so-called “new atheists,” who favor an aggressive, mocking stance toward religion, and the old live-and-let-live kind. On “Blasphemy Day” last month, for example, new atheists were out in force,...

Facebook: Defining Religion in 100 Characters

From agnostics to Jedis, users wonder how to sum up views

(Newser) - It could be a quick question: What's your religion? But Facebook’s request for that information has led many to review and revise their beliefs to fit into a 100-character space, the Washington Post reports. Answers range from Christian, Facebook’s most popular belief system, to a professed belief in...

Atheist Campers Learn Archery, Swimming, Skepticism

Nonbelievers' kids need fresh air, too

(Newser) - Atheist parents have it rough: They can't exactly pack the kids off to Bible camp for the summer. That’s changing, thanks in part to establishments like Camp Quest, a humanist-staffed getaway that promotes skepticism. Counselors teach the scientific method and deliver lectures about famous free thinkers. Kids are...

Turkish Game Show Tries to Convert Atheists

Imams, priests, rabbis, and monks given chance to convert unbelievers live on TV

(Newser) - This was probably only a matter of time: A Turkish game show starting this fall will bring on 10 atheists per show and give holy men from four faiths the chance to convert them, the Guardian reports. A Muslim imam, a Greek Orthodox priest, a rabbi, and a Buddhist monk...

US Atheists Step 'Out of Closet'

Growing movement seeks acceptance, not members

(Newser) - Atheists across the country are turning up the volume, gathering openly and advertising their lack of faith, the New York Times reports. Their goal isn’t to win others over—“The most important thing is coming out of the closet,” said one activist—and win acceptance for their...

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