Ryan Bell, a former pastor who lost all his jobs after announcing he will experiment with atheism for a year, is currently getting overwhelming financial support from atheists and others after revealing in the fourth day of his controversial experiment that he was running out of money.
"So I find myself, on Day 4, without any employment. My savings will run out in about two weeks and I'm scrambling to find immediate work doing, well…anything—manual labor, waiting tables, other teaching and consulting, or whatever I can find," wrote Bell, a Seventh Day Adventist, on his blog 'Year Without God'.
Atheist blogger Hemant Mehta, who criticized the ex-pastor's experiment, came to Bell's rescue Monday when he started a gofundme campaign to raise $5,000. As of Tuesday afternoon, the campaign had raised more than $17,000 and counting. more >>
The president of a South Carolina atheist organization will decide what church she will attend depending on how high church-goers bid for her attendance in an auction called, "Take an Atheist Leader to Church," posted on eBay.
Eve Brannon of Upstate Atheists has spread the word about her auction to local churches with the intent to collect all funds to sponsor her organization's charitable events this year. She plans to attend the church service of the highest bidder, along with her daughter, which she says will be her first time attending since leaving her former Baptist faith.
"I'm curious to see if anything's changed or if it's the same as it was when I was a kid," said Brannon, reports Fox Carolina. "I'm certainly not trying to infiltrate a church. I'm going with an open mind. I'm going to be as positive as I can. I'm taking my daughter as a learning experience. I don't want anyone to think negatively about it at all." more >>
A new atheist billboard campaign launched in Salt Lake City is looking to parody the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' "I'm a Mormon" ads, encouraging nonbelievers to stop identifying altogether with faith denominations and feel pride for their non-belief.
"Many atheists still call themselves Mormons or ex-Mormons," said American Atheists President David Silverman in a statement on Thursday. "Our message is this: If you don't believe anymore, don't continue to base your identity in Mormonism. You're so much more than an 'ex-Mormon'; you're an atheist! And you are very far from alone. Be proud to be an atheist – we are, and we want to celebrate being an atheist with you."
The billboards feature a Utah family with the heading "We're the Monnett family, and We're Atheists," with the words "Mormons" and "ex-Mormons" written and crossed out. The atheist organization, one of the largest in America, says that it searched for real Utah atheist families to appear in the ads. more >>
Speculation abounds that a lawsuit regarding the constitutionality of a Texas high school's "Bible Banners" may go all the way to the state supreme court.
Cheerleaders at Kountze High School are awaiting a decision expected soon from the Ninth Judicial District regarding an appeal to an earlier decision upholding the constitutionality of their usage of Bible banners at high school football games.
A pair of Wisconsin churches co-sponsored a billboard message to let their city know that, despite an atheist's claim to the contrary, there is life after death.
The sign, which says, "Life is short. Eternity is not. – God," was posted on a billboard in Janesville, Wisc., earlier this month, and was sponsored by local congregations Bethel Baptist Church and New Life Assembly of God.
The churches' message replaced a sign sponsored by Wayne Hensler, a lifetime member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, that said, "Enjoy Life Now" and "There Is No Afterlife." Hensler previously described his billboard message as "a legacy" for his grandchildren, according to an FFRF press release. more >>
Texas Pastor John Hagee is pulling no punches with atheists who like to hate on Christmas. The conservative firebrand of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio told them in a recent sermon that if they don't like when people celebrate Christmas, they can always "leave the country."
"To all humanists and atheists listening to this telecast -- life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will not be in danger in any way if someone says 'Merry Christmas' around you," began Hagee in a 1 and a half minute clip of his message posted on YouTube.
"Someone will argue 'well, it's a Christian prayer.' Yes, it is. And this is the United States of America that was founded by Christians on Christian principles, according to the word of God. Contrary to what some people are saying, we are still one nation under God," continued Hagee. more >>