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American Atheists (atheists.org)“ The premier organization laboring for the civil liberties of atheists and the total, absolute separation of government and religion.”

The Clergy Project (clergyproject.org)“A safe haven for active and former clergy who do not hold the supernatural beliefs of their religious traditions.”

Freedom from Religion Foundation (ffrf.org)“ An umbrella for those who are free from religion and are committed to the cherished principle of separation of state and church.”

The Friendly Atheist (friendlyatheist.com) • Blog: Hemant Mehta, author. “You can be skeptical and friendly at the same time.”

Moral Compass (moralcompassblog.com)“A compendium of religious wickedness. … We take aim at the silly notion that there’s something uniquely moral about believers.”

No Reason for Religion (noreasonforreligion.weebly.com)“Here to encourage a non-religious, humanist and secular understanding of the world … to express rational views and to share multiple forms of information.”

Project Reason (project-reason.org)“… Devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. … (T)o encourage critical thinking and erode the influence of dogmatism, superstition, and bigotry in our world.”

Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science (richarddawkins.net)“Support(s) scientific education and critical thinking to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and suffering.”

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Towards the Light, John S. Compere, Ph. D. “A Fifth Generation Baptist Minister’s Journey from Religion to Reason.” A cogent yet down-to-earth and very readable telling of how one man outgrew his belief in God, and all of the fact-finding that went into such a momentous decision. An ideal elucidation for the curious or doubting believer, or the neophyte atheist.

Available from amazon.com in Kindle or paperback format.

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Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. HBO Documentary directed by Alex Gibney. A jarring revelation of the extensive practice of pedophilia among Catholic priests over many years and the church’s massive cover-up. Chilling; sickening.

Check HBO listings for show times. Details about film at IMDB.com. DVD probably available in a few months.

Letting Go of God. On-stage performance by Julia Sweeney chronicling her search for God and her eventual realization that there was none. An insightful and thoughtful monologue sparkling with Sweeney’s keene wit and unique delivery.

DVD available from amazon.com. Also available as audio CD.

I Swear to God. Live stand-up performance by Jim Jeffries, Australian comedian. He’s “foul-mouthed” and “raunchy” as he unrelentingly “skewer(s) sacred cows with brutal honesty.” What he says about religion is just what needs to be said. Sharp and irreverent on many subjects.

DVD available from amazon.com. Has recently been showing on HBO; check schedule.

(Jeffries stars in “Legit,” a weekly comedy on FX. For “mature audiences only,” it’s off-beat, weird, and funny to those with that bent for humor.)