A few days ago a group of First Nations people were riding the LRT (mass transit) to the National Gathering of Elders at the Edmonton Expo Centre when they were stopped by transit police and asked for proof of purchase. The encounter that ensued has resulted in charges of racial profiling. While I don’t think the […]
Why the Friendly Atheist is Wrong. Or, for goodness sake, just thank goodness
Jeff Lowder pointed out to me that The Friendly Atheist has posted another article today (by Rachel Ford) about the infamous prayer discount. It is titled “The Daily Show Was Wrong to Imply That Addressing a Minor Act of Discrimination Was Petty“. I begin with a key passage from the article: “discrimination is discrimination. It doesn’t […]
Overly Uptight Atheist Activists?
This week Jon Stewart’s Daily Show featured a segment on Mary’s Gourmet Diner in North Carolina with the (hilarious) correspondent Jordan Klepper. The controversy arose because Mary’s offers a 15% discount to those who pray before their meal. This was enough to raise the ire of Dan Barker, author of Godless, and co-president of the Freedom from Religion […]
Does the US Postal Service discriminate against atheists?
The Atheist Shoe Company of Germany claims they’ve been discriminated against by the United States Postal Service. In short, it seemed that an inordinately large number of their shoe shipments to the US were disappearing enroute to their secular destinations. Could it be the “Atheist” packing tape they were using on their packages which was tipping off […]
Come on, stomp on Jesus! Do it!
Bilbo sent me a link for a news article titled “Professor Makes Students ‘Stomp on Jesus’“. For those of you not sufficiently motivated to click the hyperlink I provided here’s the quick scoop: a prof at a university in Florida asked his students to write the word Jesus on a piece of paper in an […]
Do Atheists discriminate?
Of course. More exactly, some do and some don’t. Just like some Christians discriminate and some don’t. (I chronicle both types of discrimination in You’re not as Crazy as I Think.) The real question for the present moment is this: how do atheists commonly discriminate? In the last couple weeks I’ve been focusing on some key […]