I was an atheist by third grade.
Singer Linda Ronstadt
New York Times, 12-29-13
The Kickstarter campaign for â€śBible Chronicles: The Call of Abrahamâ€ť is not off to a quick start. After launching two days ago, it has gathered just $1,649 of its $100,000 target from 28 total backers. Funding closes on Feb. 6.
Article on the â€śGod-focused single-player role-playingâ€ť video game
Sexual abuse in Jewish religious institutions has emerged as one of the most tragic issues of our generation. Fearing scandal, rabbis in the past were often inclined not to report such cases to the authorities, thus enabling pedophiles to continue preying on children as they moved on to other religious educational institutions.
Columnist Isi Leibler
Jerusalem Post, 1-1-14
If you didnâ€™t think that took balls, youâ€™ve never been to Oklahoma. Saying â€śIâ€™m an atheistâ€ť in Oklahoma is like screaming â€śjihadâ€ť at airport security.
Entertainer Doug Stanhope, on atheists raising $125,000 for tornado survivor Rebecca Vitsmun, who famously told CNNâ€™s Wolf Blitzer she was not thanking God for saving her family
The Raw Story, 12-30-13
Itâ€™s a campaign to get the word out that there are atheists and agnostics. Thereâ€™s no attempt to convert anyone. It doesnâ€™t say, â€śWe hate God.â€ť
Stephen Hirtle, Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason spokesman [and FFRF chair], on a bus ad rejected by the cityâ€™s Port Authority over which the group is suing
Pittsburgh City Paper, 12-4-13
You do know Jesus wasnâ€™t born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, right?
Jon Stewart, responding to Fox News host Megyn Kellyâ€™s claim that Jesus and Santa were both white men
â€śThe Daily Show,â€ť 12-12-13
The lady looked at me. I thought she was going to put money in the kettle. She came up to me and said, â€śDo you believe in God?â€ť And she says, â€śYouâ€™re supposed to say Merry Christmas,â€ť and thatâ€™s when she hit me.
Kristina Vindiola, Salvation Army bell ringer, on what happened when she said â€śHappy Holidaysâ€ť outside a Phoenix Walmart
I am a retired Christian.
Irish actor Peter Oâ€™Toole, who died Dec. 14 at 81, saying he prefers â€śeducation and reading and factsâ€ť to faith
New York Times, 7-26-07
How did my family miss the dedication of Dorr Township to the Holy Family with a nativity in the publicly owned gazebo at the center of town?
Atheist Jeremiah Bannister, Dorr, Mich., on how a crĂ¨che was allowed on land leased by the township
Advance Newspapers, 12-15-13
The hardest thing I had to do was walk through the door of a police station and stand at a desk with people around, and say why I was there.
Clergy abuse victim DG, 55, on reporting in 1993 his molestation at age 13 by Marist Brother Raymond Foster, who killed himself after being arrested in 1999
Australian Broadcasting Corp., 12-13-13
Mr. Obama has gone to church 18 times during his nearly five years in the White House, according to Mark Knoller of CBS News, an unofficial White House historian, while his predecessor, Mr. Bush, attended 120 times during his eight years in office.
News story analyzing the presidentâ€™s personal faith and church attendance, which included a â€śno showâ€ť on Christmas
New York Times, 12-29-13
There is nothing about the image that suggests he believes in one god, no god, or several. It simply depicts a Native American shooting a bow and arrow.
U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton, ruling against a Methodist pastor in his suit claiming that the Oklahoma license plate forces him to display an image contrary to his beliefs
Tulsa World, 1-15-14
There has been anti-science propaganda running unchecked on the right for years, from anti-gay equality misinformation to climate change denials. When you look at white evangelical Protestants, the evolution denialism gets even worse. Only 27% of that group believes in evolution.
Columnist Charles Blow, citing a Pew Research Center study
New York Times, 1-4-14
It seems that if Oklahoma Christians want to imbue society with their values, there are better ways to do it that respect the pluralistic nature of our society. Perhaps they should just focus on living out the Ten Commandments and ditch the monuments.
Kirsten Powers, columnist and Fox News political analyst, on a State Capitol controversy
USA Today, 1-14-14
I donâ€™t give a [expletive] about religion when it comes to sports. In fact, I think itâ€™s stupid. I think everyone that goes on national television and is asked why do you win says, â€śI want to thank God.â€ť Really? Like God gives a [expletive] that you made 18 jump shots. I have always had a problem with that. I have a problem with people showing their religion in public. I have a real problem with that.
Luigi â€śGenoâ€ť Auriemma, head coach of the University of Connecticut womenâ€™s basketball team
Hartford Courant, 1-17-14
[Atheists] need to buck up, assert our rationality, and change the way we deal with the religious, with everyday affronts delivered (at times unknowingly) by believers, with the casual presumptions that historically have tended to favor the faithful and grant them unmerited respect. A lot is at stake. Religion is a serious matter, reaching far beyond the pale of individual conscience and sometimes translating into violence, sexism, sexual harassment and assault, and sundry legal attempts to restrict a womanâ€™s right to abortion or outlaw it altogether, to say nothing of terrorism and war. Now is the time to act.
Journalist Jeffrey Tayler, â€ś15 ways to stand up for rationalityâ€ť