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Scripture Stories: Religious Right Claims About The ‘Aitken Bible’ Don’t Hold Up

Tomorrow several conservative members of the U.S. House of Representatives plan to hold a public reading of the Aitken Bible on the East Front Lawn of the Capitol. Among the participants will be U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who once famously quizzed AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn about hell during a congressional hearing. Read more

God And Government: A New Book That Trumps The Religious Right

Seeking to escape 24/7 news coverage of Donald Trump, my wife and I recently fled to a local cinema to watch an indie film called “The End of the Tour.”

It’s about the five days that Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky spent with famous novelist David Foster Wallace at the end of the author’s Midwestern tour for his best-selling novel Infinite Jest. At one bookstore, Wallace asked the proprietor, “Could we just not do Q & A?” When Lipsky looked baffled, Wallace added, “The first question is always the same: Where do you get your ideas?” Read more

Say You Want A Christian Nation?: Let’s Try This One

Last week an article began circulating on social media claiming that 57 percent of Republicans in a recent poll said they believe Christianity should be the country’s official religion.

I didn’t want to believe this at first. I figured it must be an internet poll, or one that relied on a confusing question. Read more

Frightening Five: Religious Right Legal Group Singles Out ‘Dangerous Enemies’ Of Christianity – And Guess Who Made The List?

On Friday a Religious Right legal group called the Liberty Institute published an article titled “5 Dangerous Enemies Against Your Christian Faith” on the site Charisma News.

Americans United made the top five! There we are, right alongside American Atheists, the American Humanist Association, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. (Sounds like good company to me –and don’t be sad that we’re number four; the list is alphabetical.) Read more

Barry Lynn in California This Week

On Wednesday evening (Sept. 17) the Atheist Community of San Jose is hosting Barry.  The event begins at 7 PM and takes place at Harry's Hofbrau, on Saratoga Ave., in San Jose.

If for some reason you can't make the San Jose gathering, there's a second chance to see Barry.  On Thursday the Humanist Connection in Mountain View is hosting an event.  Join them at 7:30 PM for dinner and conversation at Pacific Catch, on San Antonio Road.  
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Parade Of Religious Right Extremists: Va. Town’s Religious Freedom Celebration Dishonors Vision Of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson wanted only three of his many accomplishments noted on his grave’s headstone, and one of them was his authorship of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Read more

Perkins’ Parade Of Prevarication: FRC Head Lies About AU’s Lynn

Yesterday Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), issued a rather hysterical email appeal for funds. No news there. Perkins does that all of the time.

This particular message, headlined “Help stop secular tyranny,” took a line that’s increasingly popular with the Religious Right these days: “Woe is me! We’re being persecuted.” Read more