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Atheist Banner and Giant Scarlet “A” Display Now Up in Downtown Chicago

If you're in Chicago and walking through Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza, make sure you take some pictures next to the atheist display that went up this week:
The whole thing was put up by the Freedom From Religion Foundation's Metropolitan Chicago chapter. It includes that 8.5-foot-tall Scarlet A and this banner featuring a secular Nativity scene of sorts:

Months After Ex-Hasidic Jew Commits Suicide, Her Sister Does the Same

Back in July, I posted about Faigy Mayer (below), a former Hasidic Jew who had left the faith about six years ago and had been cut off from her family as a result. Even thought she had moved on with her life, she suffered from depression. And then, one night, she jumped off the roof of a 20-story building, ending her own life.
Now, it appears her sister has killed herself as well.

Johnson County (OK) Courthouse Will Finally Move Illegal Ten Commandments Monument

Just a day after the Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma State Capitol building was taken down because it's illegal government promotion of religion, the Johnston County Commissioners (in the same state) put up a similar monument outside the local courthouse:

Child, 11, Was Raped and Stabbed in 1902; Her Remains Just Went on a Tour of 54 U.S. Churches

It's too late. You missed your chance to gawp at what remains of an 11-year-old girl who was murdered over a century ago. Her wax-encased skeleton was flown in from Europe, taken on a religious-rockstar tour of 54 Catholic churches in the U.S. (by tractor-trailer, no less), and then returned to her crypt in Italy.Pope Francis signed off on the whole thing personally.
"For the entire body of a saint to go on the road is something that only the Roman pontiff can authorize," says the Rev. Carlos Martins, a noted curator of relics for the Catholic Church. "It's very rare."
So who was Maria Goretti?

Maryland Elementary School Deflects All Responsibility After Pastor Delivers Prayer at Assembly

Sabillasville Elementary School in Maryland held a 50th anniversary celebration last week. For some reason, Bob Kells, pastor at Weller United Methodist Church, was invited to speak to the students.Take a wild guess what happened!If you said, "he invoked the name of God," then you're smarter than Principal Kate Krietz, who allegedly had no clue what Kells would say to the students. Officials for the Frederick County Public Schools are now trying to deflect any blame, claiming no one knew this would happen, and refusing to do anything to get to the bottom of the story.

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Comment by Steph S. on November 16, 2014 at 7:10pm

This group is awesome

Comment by Harlem Humanists on July 9, 2013 at 8:21pm

Human Rights Activists Defends "Witchcraft" Children: Speaks - July 15th

After almost 4 years of trying, we finally get the chance to host the heroic human rights and child advocate Leo Igwe. Leo will be speaking on July 15th. The program will offer us the chance to hear harrowing challenges and on-going success stories. We'll also have the opportunity to understand our own part in "what's next?". 



Leo Igwe's work covers key areas of interest to us all. He's been doing social justice work for almost 15 years. He'll speak on the link between human rights, civil liberties, health, education and development. The link between skeptical reason, practical activism and social justice is an ongoing project you’re invited to join in. He's in NYC for only one day. Let's turn out to welcome him.


Details & RSVP - CFI-NYCFaceBookAtheist Nexus



The problems of child abuse, neglect, trafficking and suffering are well known. What is less well known is one of the causes is superstition, irrational tradition and a lack of science-based health care and education. This cripples communities and costs lives.


Now there is action that changes lives; rescuing these children from abandonment, stigmatization, mind-numbing abuse, and even murder. They are children (and adults, mostly women, often widows) who’ve been accused of witchcraft and demon possession. They suffer a loss of human rights, human dignity and hope. 


Secular Humanist, skeptic and child advocate Leo Igwe is changing things. He has survived slander, harassment by politicians and police, multiple assaults, imprisonment, home invasions and hospitalizing attacks on his family members. His property has been stolen. His father was blinded, losing an eye. He lives under ongoing threats. Yet he continues to risk all and tell the truth for those who's stories would otherwise have no rational witness.  

black(dot)beyond(dot)belief(at) Or 646-820-CFIH (2344)

Comment by Steph S. on August 10, 2012 at 8:29am

Hey Richard it sure does!

Enjoy your coffee.

I think I will go and visit the Friendly Atheist Site.

Have a good one!

Comment by Richard C Brown on August 10, 2012 at 8:10am

Friendly Atheist make the Difference!!

Comment by Richard ∑wald on April 4, 2012 at 6:31am

Hemant - Thanks for featuring my blog here on Atheist Nexus at your website, you can't begin to understand how thrilled I was to see that. Thanks man...

Comment by Joe Zamecki on April 2, 2012 at 7:52am

Hemant - Thanks for posting about the memorial brick for the Murray-O'Hairs. Teamwork! :o)

Comment by Harlem Humanists on February 24, 2012 at 12:24pm

The NYC event for the Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers will be in Harlem. In fact the next closes promoted events are in D.C and Philadelphia. So this is serving the whole Tri-State (NY,NY & CT) area.


We're putting a special twist on our usual Mind Food + "Soul Food" combo. The details will interest you!

CFI-Harlem/Harlem Humanists will be gathering on Sunday February 26th to celebrate Day of Solidarity for Black Non-believers. This is a time to get together and enjoy bright minds and warm personalities. There's a noble story of freethought from within the African American and Pan-African tradition. This is a chance to connect with this tradition and each other. We'll begin at 1pm. The place is 583 Riverside Dr. in the "Brick Room". It's free. Just e-mail ( or call (646-820-CFIH) for all the details." RSVP if you can.

See you there. Regardless, please share this in the next two days with all you think will be interested. 

Comment by Natalie A Sera on February 23, 2012 at 7:57pm

Thanks for understanding, Steph. All I'm trying to express is that I want to be able to be an atheist and still maintain a close and joyous connection to my ancestral heritage, just like people of other backgrounds can.

Comment by Steph S. on February 23, 2012 at 11:24am

Sorry to hear about what you experienced here Natalie. It appears that there are bigots everywhere. It seems that AN is not immune. So sad.

Comment by Marc Draco on February 21, 2012 at 7:00am

We can't afford to mix the religion with ethnicity - this is largely what starts the fights in the first damn place. Religion and ethnicity MUST be kept separate if we're all going to live together.

The actress Felicity Kendal is as white British as I am, but she's a Jew (Jewish convert - I don't know if there's a name for that.)

I worked with a guy a couple of years ago who had converted to Islam - and taken a muslim name. Quite crazy in my opinion and the muslims who worked with him didn't trust him either; they were comparatively easy going whilst he was verging on the extremist.

Secular Europe and the UK thanks to its mongrel heritage are way ahead of the rest of the world in this regard; yet even now the interested parties are trying to confuse being a white/brit with automatically being a Christian - and by that, they mean god-fearing, bible thumping Christian - not the wooly "do good for everyone" sort.


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