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 >>
When American Christians say Jesus is the savior of prostitutes, druggies and thieves, I daresay this is not what they have in mind.
Chris Arnade is an avowed atheist, physics PhD holder, and former Wall Streeter. Arnade describes his atheism as:
"A life devoted to rational thought, a life devoted to numbers and clever arguments. more >>
An atheist blogger living in a Chicago suburb has announced his plans to donate $3,000 to the nearby Niles Township Food Pantry after his donation was denied by the Morton Grove Park District and local library.
Hemant Mehta, a Naperville-area teacher and blogger behind the well-known website "Friendly Atheist," said in a recent YouTube video that after his donation was rejected by both the park district and library, he's hoping the food pantry will accept the money and put an end to this saga of rejected donations.
"The food pantry serves a lot of people who are hungry in Morton Grove and the surrounding communities," Mehta said in the YouTube video, posted by The Atheist Voice. "I think that [the Niles Township Food Pantry] is a fair place to give the money. I know I've said this before but I can't imagine they're going to reject the money, especially in this time of the year. There are no restrictions, no strings attached with the money. So I'll be sending them the check very soon." more >>