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Rise of the “Nones” and Young Secularists on Campus: An Interview with a Secular Student Alliance Chapter President

A recent poll shows that 50% of respondents find the rise in numbers of American “nones”–the new term for people who tick “none” for the religion question of census polls–a troubling trend. However we feel about it, the phenomenon continues, and young people appear to be the driving force. The …

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Girl-Type Graduates! Congratulations! Now Go Make Babies Like Proper Lady People!

Did you miss me while I was on holiday? Allow me to make up for my self-indulgent absence by self-indulgently using some vacation slides to illustrate this triumphant return post! To wit, get a load of this guy, Mr. Peter Heck, social studies teacher, “conservative motivational speaker,” and 2 June …

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Pop Quiz: Discussing Religious Extremism

Hello, Doubt-Scholars! I’m afraid this is going to have to be a very quick Pop Quiz because I have a hot Friday night out planned. Well, I said I’d go over and help a friend set up his Minecraft server. That’s quite hot.   I’m sure that yesterday’s  terrible events …

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Dealing With Tragedy as an Atheist

Unless I’m guilty of a particularly morbid form of confirmation bias, it seems like there have been quite a few high-profile tragic events across the world recently. The Sandy Hook shooting, the Boston bombing, the events on the island of Utøya in Norway, and now the terrible scenes of destruction …

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RR: 21 May 2013

What’s up, buttercups? This is my first time doing a RR post. Do you remember your first time? I’m a little nervous, and I’m not sure if I’m ready. I think I am. I’ve been reading all by myself for a few years, and I think I’m ready to read …

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RR: 19 May 2013

Hello, selfless bringers of knowledge! Happy Sunday to you. The Freedom from Religion Foundation claims that the instructor of a Ball State University course called “The Boundaries of Science” is using the class to “proselytize students and advance Christianity.” Neat! Here’s some more “whoopsie, everyone is cheating on those standardized tests” …

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“Let the Students Decide for Themselves”: Or, Don McLeroy Is Full of What Makes the Grass Grow Green in Texas

I recommend that everyone listen to the interview with Don McLeroy in last week’s episode of The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe. I also recommend that you keep breakables safely out of reach and have your favorite antacid tabs at hand. (Not the homeopathic ones.) Maybe also booze if that helps. …

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Separation of Church and State? Not on MY watch!

Earlier this week, a state judge in Texas, ruled that cheerleaders at public high school football games could make and carry banners with Christian religious verses on them. These banners would be held for football players to run through at the start of the game. Judge Stephen Thomas, in his …

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Pop Quiz: What led you into Skepticism?

Looking back, I can remember the exact moment I discovered the Skeptical Movement™. Mentally and emotionally exhausted from reading and discussing a lot of very fashionable but sloppily-thought-out scholarship in my discipline for a graduate seminar, I had settled into a nice afternoon of reading the internet when I stumbled …

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Jesus Loves Me This I Know, For My Good Grades Tell Me So

It’s 8:45am and just over three hundred teenagers are sitting in an assembly hall. The youngest sit at the front and the oldest at the back, with almost everyone sporting the identical muted colours of the school’s uniform. The staff form a ring around the edges of the hall, looking …

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