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The Unpleasant Hills Panera


The management of the Pleasant Hills Panera in the southern suburbs of Pittsburgh has caused an unnecessary ruckus by attacking a worker for having the wrong faith.   As the Hemant Mehta noted in his Friendly Atheist blog, Tammy McCoy was … Continue reading

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Montrose School District doesn’t have a prayer


It was good to hear that the Montrose Area School District, located in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, choose to stop its practice of injecting religion into each school board meeting.  The district, which borders the New York state line in eastern … Continue reading

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Not the Center


Perhaps you caught the Super Bowl ad from Jeep that implied we are all Christians. The Freedom From Religion Foundation had an informative response as to the why that was a terrible message: FFRF censures Jeep’s divisive Christian Super Bowl … Continue reading

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A Disgrace in the Tennis World


Sports and freethought issues rarely come into conflict, but there is a huge controversy in Australia that is brewing this week. Australian tennis player Margaret Court is due to be awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia, as part … Continue reading

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Steel City December Birthday


This fall, we have been highlighting birthdays of well-known atheists and humanists with ties to Pittsburgh, including Andrew Carnegie, as many readers might not have known he was a freethinker. This month, we highlight comedian Anthony Jeselnik who was born … Continue reading

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Freethought Takes a Stand in Congress


While Thanksgiving over for this year, it is still a good time to ‘Give Thanks’ to our Representatives in Washington, who are making a difference for everyday Americans. In particular, we can thank Rep. Jamie Raskin (Democrat from MD), along … Continue reading

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Steel City November Birthdays, Part 2


A number of freethinkers were born in November, including Scott Joplin (1868), Charles Schulz (1922), Randy Newman (1943) and Bill Nye (1955). Several freethinkers with ties to Pittsburgh were discussed last week. It is worth noting at least one more … Continue reading

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Steel City November Birthdays, Part 1


It is good month to honor a host of atheist/humanists with ties to Pittsburgh. George Seldes (1890-1995), born on Nov. 16 in NJ, became a cub reporter for the Pittsburgh Leader in 1909, earning $3.50 a week. He became night … Continue reading

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Disaster for the Supreme Court


The presumed nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett is the most dangerous step in a long chain of actions by President Trump.  In particular, it would be an absolute disaster for the constitutional principle of separation between state and church. … Continue reading

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Deep into Chopra


This past weekend I happened to turned on WQED to see what might be playing as PBS is known for providing thoughtful and informative shows. I did not realize that they were in the middle of their fall fundraiser and … Continue reading

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