Richard Dawkins has been removed from a conference on science and skepticism after he shared online a controversial animated video that compares feminists to Islamists.
The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism explained in a statement earlier this week that it has withdrawn its invitation to the atheist professor to participate at NECSS 2016, because of Dawkins' choice to re-tweet what it called a "highly offensive video."
"We believe strongly in freedom of speech and freedom to express unpopular, and even offensive, views. However, unnecessarily divisive, counterproductive, and even hateful speech runs contrary to our mission and the environment we wish to foster at NECSS. The sentiments expressed in the video do not represent the values of NECSS or its sponsoring organizations," the organization said in a statement. more >>
An atheist group is planning to protest the Republican presidential debate in Iowa today to demand that candidates leave their Christian beliefs out of politics.
According to the Central Iowa Coalition of Reason and the Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason, the purpose of the protest, "Keep Your Theocracy Out of Our Democracy," is to make Republican candidates aware of the atheist vote.
"The point of our demonstration is that we represent the fastest growing minority yet we are ignored by the candidates," Rory Moe, coordinator for the Central Iowa Coalition of Reason, said in a statement. more >>
The Catholic League's Bill Donohue has slammed HBO for continuing to support what he says is bigotry and "anti-Catholic rantings" on the "Real Time with Bill Maher" show.
Donohue spoke out against the latest episode on Friday, when host Bill Maher and filmmaker Seth MacFarlane, both outspoken atheists, reminisced about some of the latter's work on his "Family Guy" show on Fox.
"I saw your show, it was a repeat, I know," Maher said about a controversial Dec. 7, 2014, episode titled "The 2000-Year-Old-Virgin." more >>
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio told an atheist in the audience that he won't be "forced" to stop talking about his faith on the campaign trail and argued that atheists should want his faith to influence his decisions.
During Rubio's Monday town hall meeting in Waverly, Iowa, an atheist attendee named Justin Scott, a member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation who also runs his own YouTube channel, commented during a question and answer session on Rubio's recent campaign ad that simply features Rubio talking about how he follows his faith and that his goal is to live alongside God for eternity.
Scott argued that it seems like Rubio, who is Catholic, is more interested in running for "Pastor-in-Chief" rather than Commander-in-Chief and then asked Rubio how he would defend the rights of nontheists if he is elected president in 2016. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is inviting pastors and faith leaders to endorse him for president, describing it as vital to call on God in prayer for many of the challenges facing America.
"I am convinced that we are better equipped to face these challenges when we call on God in prayer. In the past days, secular progressives and their messengers in the mainstream media have tried to shame faithful Americans for turning to prayer during times of crisis," the retired neurosurgeon states on the Faith Based Coalition for Ben Carson website, which includes a form for pastors to fill out when endorsing him.
Carson claims that the secular progressives are attacking people of faith, and writes: more >>
An atheist's effort to promote separation of church and state by putting up a Satanic cross outside a Florida city hall has been countered by a Christian by setting up a regular cross beside it.
Chaz Stevens, an atheist, was outraged by the nativity and menorah displayed in front of the Hallandale Beach City Hall in Florida during the holidays that he put up an upside down cross on the lawn with the words "In Chaz We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" written on it. The Satanic cross, which lights up in red when the sun goes down, symbolizes his protest at the government's involvement in religious activities, according to the Daily Caller.
In an interview with the Sun-Sentinel, Stevens said the government should not meddle in religious events. While he admits that his Satanic cross is tacky, he said it only serves to deliver his statement to the public and he plans to take it down before weekend, Raw Story reports. more >>