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Bake a Cake—And Be Religious Too!

Apparently, not all bakers want everyone to sample their cakes. There are two high-profile cases in Oregon and Colorado that revolve around cake makers who refused to bake cakes for the weddings of same-sex couples. The bakers in both cases based their refusals on their religious beliefs. I am not…...

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December 5: The 80th anniversary of the Twenty-First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

Today marks the 80th anniversary of a hard-fought and significant victory for separation of religious “morality” from government enforcement. On December 5th, 1933, the Twenty-First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States passed, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment and ending national prohibition of the sale, production, importation, and transportation of…...

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A Conversation with a Christian

I recently had this exchange with a Christian friend. I know him from back when I used to be Christian myself: Jared, a Christian who attends graduate school at a Bible college in British Columbia: I could not stop laughing at the irony of this [article about “atheist church” aka Sunday…...

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We are not ashamed of “blasphemy”

On our Facebook page, we received this comment about a picture we posted making fun of the Second Commandment for Blasphemy Day. In the picture, Muhammad just got out of the shower, and seeing his face in the mirror, yells “BLASPHEMY!” A commenter, Matt Henderson, had posted previously, “More immature…...

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Robert Ingersoll on Blasphemy

Taken from Robert Ingersoll’s “Discussions”. Full text is available here. Blasphemy is an epithet bestowed by superstition upon common sense. Whoever investigates a religion as he would any department of science, is called a blasphemer....

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Today is International Blasphemy Day

Today is Blasphemy Day, one of my favorite days of the year. Blasphemy Day matters because it seeks to educate people about the importance of freedom of expression, even when these expressions are contrary to others’ religious beliefs or offensive to religious people. In the words of Justin Trottier: “We’re not seeking…...

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It’s September 11

It’s September 11. This is a very difficult day for all of us here today at American Atheists headquarters, and for our affiliate group, New York City Atheists, as well as atheists all around the country. To be frank, I have been avoiding writing this post all morning because I just don’t…...

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A Catholic asks questions; an atheist responds

We received a letter from a woman with these 10 questions. Her husband is an atheist and she wanted more information than he was able to provide to her, so they thought they’d consult us. Here are her questions and my responses: 1) If we are only a bunch of…...

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Fifty Years of Reason: A Special Message from our President on the Anniversary of the Supreme Court Case that Launched American Atheists

The United States of America in the 1960s was a time of change. In his run for president against Richard Nixon, Senator John F. Kennedy gave a campaign speech on September 12, 1960 to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association about the role of religion in government. In the United States’…...

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Atheist Pride Day

Today is June 6th, Atheist Pride Day! I’ve been out about 4 years now, and it’s the greatest feeling in the world. I feel so free and so happy. This is a feeling I want for all people who are oppressed by religion—anyone tortured by the threat of hell, anyone…...

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Alton Lemon, civil rights activist, dies at 84

Alton Lemon, after whom the “Lemon Test” is named, was an extremely important figure in secular activism in United States history. We are very sad to hear the news of his death, and we will be celebrating his life and work at American Atheists headquarters today. He was 84. If…...

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May 15 is International Imad Day

American Atheists is proud to support the Council of Ex-Muslims in Morocco, the first public atheist organization in a country with Islam as the state religion. Things have been very difficult for the Council’s 22-year-old founder, Imad Iddine Habib. Morocco’s High Council of Ulemas, the highest government religious institution headed…...

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