An atheist shoe company from Germany has targeted a new audience by promoting a line of atheist-themed shoes for babies and toddlers. The company, known simply as ATHEIST, made national headlines earlier this year when it accused the U.S. Postal Service of discriminating against its company for being godless.
The company, based in Berlin, created a Kickstarter page to raise money for its new line of atheist-themed baby shoes, hoping to raise £7,000, or roughly $9,636, so it can incorporate the new line into its business model. The company has already raised over half the amount needed to reach its goal.
The Kickstarter page for the baby shoes offers a brief description as to why the small company chose to make a shoe line for infants in the first place: "We're pretty sure all babies are born atheists and, rather than commit them to some religion before they're old enough to have a say [let alone control their pooping functions] we'd rather celebrate their undoubted belief in Mummy, Daddy and breasts." more >>
A South Carolina-based atheist group decided to hand out care packages to the homeless on Saturday, directly across the street from the Christian-based soup kitchen that rejected their volunteering services because of their differences in beliefs.
Upstate Atheists approached Spartanburg Soup Kitchen in Spartanburg, SC to help them give out food to the needy while ensuring that they would not wear shirts with labels to promote their organization. However, the kitchen's director, Lou Landrum, told them they were not allowed to because they had "ulterior motives," says Eve Brannon, president of Upstate Atheists.
"I was upset with the hateful remarks. It certainly wasn't necessary," said Brannon. "However, it turned out well. Because we were turned away, we ended up being able to give the homeless care packages that they needed. The people in need are the ones who truly matter." more >>
Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore told "Real Time" show host Bill Maher that the United States is in the "dark ages" because of the Christian Right, comparing Christian extremism with Islamic extremism. In the same show, skeptic Richard Dawkins said he is sure President Obama is an atheist.
The panel, comprising of Moore, Britain's Dawkins, CIA operative Valerie Plame and Baptist minister and civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton, discussed how radical Islam has affected science and culture on Maher's show Friday night.
"Liberals somehow feel worried that they're going to be called racist if they criticize people of the Muslim faith, which is stupid," Maher said, directing the discussion. more >>
A bill that would require Pennsylvania public schools to put the national motto "In God We Trust" on display was passed by a committee in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday.
The legislation, called the National Motto Display Act, passed the House Education Committee by a vote of 14 to nine on Wednesday. State Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny/Washington), who sponsored the bill, hopes that displaying the motto in schools will inspire patriotism and also help educate students on part of the state's heritage, according to a press release.
James Pollock, who was a governor of Pennsylvania in the 1850s, was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to serve as the director of the U.S. Mint, the bill states. Although "In God We Trust" was a phrase already known from Francis Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner," it was Pollock who pushed for the motto's appearance on U.S. currency. In 1864, Congress approved the phrase to be included on two-cent pieces. more >>
The Secretary of the Army has ordered military leaders to halt all briefings on extremist organizations that labeled Evangelical Christian groups as domestic hate groups. The shutdown comes just four days after I reported exclusively about a briefing at Mississippi's Camp Shelby that labeled the American Family Association as a domestic hate group.
"On several occasions over the past few months, media accounts have highlighted instances of Army instructors supplementing programs of instruction and including information or material that is inaccurate, objectionable and otherwise inconsistent with current Army policy," Army Sec. John McHugh wrote to military leaders in a memorandum I obtained.
McHugh "directed that Army leaders cease all briefings, command presentations or training on the subject of extremist organizations or activities until that program of instruction and training has been created and disseminated," Army spokesman Col. David Patterson, Jr., tells me. more >>
Mikey Weinstein heads up an outfit called Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), which might be shortened to Murfs. These atheizers are not to be confused with those cuddly Smurfs. The little blue cartoon character Smurfs all wear Phrygian caps-a symbol of freedom. No, Murfs take it on themselves to smother religious freedom.
Mikey and the Murfs are bragging about their latest score. It took just 68 minutes for the Murfs to pull down a poster at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Why? Because the poster promoted the honor system and said-"So help me God." Well, Murfs can't stand any mention of You Know Who, so Mikey swung into action and demanded the offending poster be pulled down.
It took just 68 minutes for the Air Force brass at Colorado Springs to surrender to the Murfs. This is too bad. I recall that Fort Sumter held out for 34 hours in Charleston harbor in 1861. And the Alamo held out longer than that. more >>