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Nov 25, 2014

It's time once again to celebrate the non-existent War on Christmas. For those heathens who enjoy celebrating the holidays, here are our recommendations for gifts for nonbelievers. Even if you don't like our suggestions, you can buy whatever you want at Amazon.com through American Freethought using this link.

David's Recommendations:

EvolveFish.com - You're sure to find something on this site that will tickle the fancy of any nonbeliever.

The Unbelievers DVD - It's Planes, Trains and Automobiles with Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss as they travel across the globe, speaking publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world.

Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner - The authors of Freakonomics return, taking us inside their thought process and teaching us all to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally—to think, that is, like a Freak.

Tickets to the 2nd Annual Freethought Cruise with David Silverman, President of American Atheists (Jan 26 - Feb 2, 2015).

Gift Membership to Freedom from Religion Foundation.

John's Recommendations:

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Blu-Ray - Neil deGrasse Tyson's update to Carl Sagan's classic 1980 science series was a special treat on TV earlier this year. Now it's available on Blu-Ray.

Storm: The Book by Tim Minchin, artwork by DC Turner and Tracy King. This is an illustrated edition of Minchin's popular anti-woo beat poem, made famous by King's animated short. Foreword by Neil Gaiman, introduction by Tim Minchin. If you’re lucky you can find the hardcover limited edition signed by Tim. Otherwise, it’s available in paperback. Also, check out Timminchin.com/stormthebook 

Science…for Her! Megan Amram's satirical science-book-for-girls, available in hardcover, for Kindle, or as an audiobook.

Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. This honest-to-goodness brick-and-mortar store in Seattle not only has nifty space- and science-related gifts (t-shirts, books, posters, etc.), it's also an extension of The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for the young people of Earth.

Newton's Attic - If you're looking to donate to a charity on behalf of a friend or family member, consider Lexington, Kentucky based Newton's Attic. Founded by David Cloyd in 1998, the organization's mission is to inspire young people to embrace science, math and engineering. Donate between now and December 11th at BGgives.org/newtonsattic. Newton's Attic is participating in the 2014 GoodGiving Challenge, and receiving donations through this site does two things: automatically generates a tax donation receipt for the donor and helps them achieve our goals during this challenge. In fact, donations between $10 and $1,000 made at noon EST or very shortly thereafter on December 11th will receive a 50% match thanks to a challenge grant. After December 11th, donate via check to Newton’s Attic, 4974 Old Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 40510; contact them by phone (859-233-3337) for a credit card donation; or go to the “Support Newton’s Attic” button on the left side of their homepage or to the “Donate” button on the bottom of this page: http://newtonsattic.com/support.html.

Plus:

It's almost over, but this month is Openly Secular Month!

School administrators in Montgomery County, Maryland have removed "Christmas" and "Yom Kippur" from the school calendar rather than add the Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha. Kids still get off on  Christmas and Yom Kippur, but the holidays just won't get listed as such. So much for inclusiveness.

Finally, in Fayette County, Georgia, county commissioner David Barlow (a Republican) greeted newly elected commisioner Pota Coston (an African-American and a Democrat) by issuing a statement bemoaning the "evil" of the "Demoncrats" and vowing to ensure a Republican wins the White House in 2016 "in the mighty name of Jesus." He later issued a non-apology apology, blaming his stupidity on his "passion for Jesus Christ" (which is probably correct but for different reasons). It's not surprising that such morons exist, but it is disturbing that they get elected.