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(RNS) Deck those halls with boughs of apples and top that tree with a finger puppet of Sir Isaac Newton.
At least that's what Robin Zebrowski does at her home in Beloit, Wis., where she and her husband, Joshua, observe the birthday of the great 17th-century English scientist and mathematician, Dec. 25, 1642.
Late one night over pizza, University of Dayton students Branden
King and Nick Haynes discovered neither of them believed in God. Surely,
they thought, they couldn't be the only nonbelievers at the Roman
(RNS) Magician Penn Jillette and his shorter, quieter partner Raymond Teller have mystified audiences around the world with theircard tricks and other illusions that would make even Harry Houdini proud.
A long-standing tax break for clergy and other "ministers of the
gospel" is facing the lastest in a string of challenges in federal
court. The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation filed suit
September 13 to challenge the constitutionality of tax deductions that
clergy are allowed to claim on their housing expenses.
Rebecca Watson meant it as a funny story, almost an aside. In a video
blog, the popular skeptic blogger recalled a man following her into an
empty elevator and inviting her up to his room after she spoke about
feminism at a European atheist conference last June.
(RNS) In September 2001, Sam Harris was an unknown doctoral student who
didn't believe in God.
But after the World Trade Center crumbled on 9/11, he put his
studies aside to write a book that became an instant best-seller -- and
changed the way atheists, and perhaps Muslims, are perceived in this
(RNS) In the new film "The Ledge," a man perches high above the city,
ready to jump to save the woman he loves.
As storylines go, perhaps it's not the most original. But what is
unusual about this film, said writer/director Matthew Chapman, is that
its hero is an atheist, set aloft to illustrate two themes close to
He is the most famous—and perhaps the loneliest—atheist in the
country. For 14 years, Michael Newdow, an emergency room doctor and an
attorney, has challenged what he sees as violations of the First
Amendment's prohibition against governmental endorsement and support of
organized religion—the so-called church-state separation clause.
When comedian Stephen Colbert brought his act to Capitol Hill in
September and stole the spotlight with his satirical shtick, no one was
more surprised than lawmakers. "You run your show," scolded House
Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers, "we run the committee."