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pledge-300x194[1]“Under God” Makes a Mockery of Religious Freedom

Feb. 10, 2014 was the 60th anniversary of the original congressional move in 1954 that added “under God” to the official Pledge of Allegiance, and state lawmakers all over the country have introduced resolutions to mark that unfortunate moment in American history. [Read more]

Southern Atheist

They pressured his kids at school. They threatened him at home. Then things got really ugly. [Read more]

A Short History of Evolution

Are there answers to the eternal questions of what we are and how we came to be that are based entirely on the scientific method? These days anyone can provide better answers than Genesis and hundreds of other origin myths, but can we construct a narrative based only on science, one that leaves no space for divine intervention? Read “A Short History of Evolution” and judge for yourself. [Read more]

Mental Leaps

Effects of creationist science textbooks akin to borderline personality disorder. [Read more]

The Ethical Dilemma: Should Humanists Invoke the Golden Rule?

Experiencing an ethical dilemma? Need advice from a humanist perspective?

Do You Have To Darwin It To Win It? I just watched a clip in which Stephen Colbert crushed a Texas creationist. But it has me wondering, does it have to be one or the other, intelligent design (ID) or Darwin’s theory? I don’t see why I can’t reject ID without having to summon an intelligent argument in favor of evolution. Isn’t it enough that if you don’t believe in god, you don’t believe that god designed the universe? [Read more]

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Confessions of a Lonely Atheist

In the beginning — or rather, at the end of a very lo-o-ng beginning — George W. Bush made an earnest acceptance speech and urged our nation to “rise above a house divided.” He knows, he said, that “America wants reconciliation and unity,” and that we all “share hopes and goals and values.” After his speech he reached out, up and down and across aisles, to embrace Republicans, Democrats, Naderites, Palm Beach Buchananites, the disaffected, the disinclined. [Read more]

Why Are So Many Pastors ‘Coming Out of the Closet’ as Atheists?

If you are a pastor doubting your faith, atheist Richard Dawkins is willing to foot the bill to get you out of the pulpit and on your way to a brand new career. Dawkins’ organization, along with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, are the main sponsors of a secret initiative called the Clergy Project. The Clergy Project claims to provide a “safe haven for active and former professional clergy/religious leaders who do not hold supernatural beliefs.” Its aim is to “help clergy who want to leave the ministry.” [Read more]

NC School Under Fire for Not Approving Atheist Student Club

A high school in North Carolina is under fire for allegedly not allowing students to form a secular club on campus, saying such a club would not “fit in” with the rest of the student population. Kalei Wilson and her brother, Ben, have reportedly been trying for months to establish a chapter of the of Secular Student Alliance at Pisgah High School in Canton, but they claim they have been refused by the school’s administrators, who allegedly told the siblings, “we don’t need a group like that,” and that a secular-themed student club was “not a good fit” for the school. [Read more]

BIBLE BUMP: Hotel To Pull Book From Guest Rooms

If you open up the bedside drawer in a hotel room, you’ll likely find a bible. But starting on March 1, the Iowa State University’s Hotel Memorial Union will be removing these bibles from its guest rooms. The decision came after a guest complained to the Freedom From Religion Foundation about the “unwelcome religious propaganda in the bedside table.” [Read more]

English[1]A Humanist in Action: Pennsylvania House Rep. Brian Sims

IF YOU aren’t familiar with Brian Sims, a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, he’s a history maker. The first and so far only NCAA football captain to come out of the closet while active, he’s also the first openly gay representative ever elected to the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Don’t be fooled; he may have a career in politics, but by no means is he a typical politician in it for the power. Sims (who’d prefer you call him Brian) is in the game because he wants to make the world a better place to live for everyone, a desire that has guided his professional development from its inception.

Why Religion can be Rational, But is Doing it Wrong

For part of the book I’m writing, I’m investigating the claim—one made by theologians and religious apologists—that science in fact was an outgrowth of Christianity, explaining the rise of science in Europe and nowhere else. (Yes, yes, I know about China and the Middle East, but their science fizzled out.) One of the most vociferous exponents of this claim is Rodney Stark, a sociologist of religion who describes himself as “an independent Christian.” His book, The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom Capitalism, and Western Success, is often cited as the airtight proof of how science came from Christianity. [Read more]

This Atheist Finds Some Traditional Ideas about ‘God’ Especially Hard to Believe

In debates or discussions about the existence of God, I’m often asked, “What if you’re wrong and there really is a God?” These questioners, who assume that God belief is of ultimate importance, are perhaps unknowingly applying Blaise Pascal’s 17th-century attempt to defend Christian belief with logic. [Read more]

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