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American Atheist 
A Journal of Atheist News and Thought 

StarStruck: Myths, Fact, and Fable
  about The Star of Bethlehem
    Conrad F. Goeringer
    In neither science nor history can we
    find any basis for this subject of 
    many planetarium shows at

Debunking the Crèche Tableau
    Jim Senyszyn
    The story implied by that manger
    scene at the mall is not true.

The Window of Our Discontent
    Tony Pasquarello
    A preview of things to come in The
    Altar Boy Chronicles.

Christianity: The Arch-Enemy of
    Sally Roesch Wagner
    A women’s studies pioneer recounts
    the 19th century struggle of Parker
    Pillsbury against religious tyranny.

Blind Faith, Part I
    Frank R. Zindler
    An ad and leaflet pushed by
    Christian college professors who
    confuse students for Christ are
    exposed as the product of deception
    and error.


The Waiter at the Altar
    Jackie Johnson
    Edgar Allen... No!
    It’s a revelation from the director of
    The Male Bovine Feces Institute, in
    Cowpaddy, Kansas.

Letters to the Editor


In his cover design, artist 
Tom Sullivan depicts 
the incongruous use of 
planetarium technology to 
try to explain “The Star 
of Bethlehem.” 



Editor’s Desk 
    Frank R. Zindler 

Atheist Words & Atheist 
  Actions In Washington 
    Ellen Johnson 
    The president of American Atheists 
    reports on Defending The Wall-No 
    Submission! -- an Atheist happening 
    in the nation’s capital. 

Approaching the Millennium: 
  Atheism, Reason, and State- 
  Church Separation 
    Texts of the speeches given at a 
    symposium held in Washington, 
    DC, on 3 October 2020. 

   I. An Atheist Civil-Rights 
      Movement in America 
      Ellen Johnson 

 II. “All Things to All Men”: 
      How Religion Denies Itself 
      Ronald J. Barrier 

III. The Millennium: A New 
       Dark Age Dawning? 
       Frank R. Zindler 

 IV. The Future of Secularism 
      Conrad F. Goeringer 

   V. Separationist Organizations 
       Chris Allen 


Volume 36, No. 1  Winter 1997, 1998