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Humanist Billboards Work, in Non-Mysterious Ways

Billboard1-830x460[1]I was raised as a fundamentalist Christian. When I left those beliefs behind I looked for substitute religions, each time choosing one less dogmatic and more freethinking than the last. [Read more]

The Universe Does Not Require Gods

The concept of ‘god’ can mean many different things — or perhaps it can mean anything, given the apparent limitless number of characteristics which various believers assign to their gods. [Read more]

The Fighting Fundamentalists

mine-is-the-true-gospel[1]Religious fundamentalists demand purity of doctrine and practice. They tend to think that e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g matters. No issue is so small that it does not call for specificity and rightness. [Read more]

Auschwitz, Anti-Semitism, and Modern Christianity

Christian anti-Semitism has a long and sordid history. Many Christians would like to believe that Christian anti-Semitism has had primarily cultural or political causes but the truth is that animosity towards Jews and Judaism is firmly rooted in religion. [Read more]

Skeptical at First Sight

marriedatfirstsight-300x209[1]Humanists pride themselves on their rational compassion—the ethical stance dictating that, in lieu of any evidence for a deity who created and cares about us, we must care for each other and face reality head-on. [Read more]

Is Democracy Compatible with Belief in God?

Is belief in the traditional monotheistic god of Islam and Christianity compatible with democracy? Many adherents of both religions support democratic society, but many others are not — and they effectively use their religious doctrines to justify why democracy is anti-God: it replaces God’s will with human will. [Read more]

Therapist Banned From Discussing Faith After Colleague’s Complaint

Nurse[1]A Christian therapist who works for the National Health Service was disciplined and banned from discussing her faith at the workplace after being suspended for nine months for allegedly bullying a Muslim colleague. [Read more]

God’s Existence and External Values

A prevailing viewpoint not just among religious conservatives, but even many religious liberals, is that some God “out there” is necessary in order to ground values and morality in human society. [Read more]

‘Christianity is Abhorrent’: More Atheistic Materials to be Distributed in Public Schools

Censored-Atheist-Book-235x300[1]A federal judge has given a secular organization the green light to distribute more atheistic and anti-Christian materials to Florida public school students, in spite of the materials’ graphic content and offensive language. [Read more]

BSLA’s 2014 First in the Family Humanist Scholars

Black Skeptics Los Angeles proudly announces our 2014 First in the Family Humanist scholars and thanks all the generous donors* who made these awards possible.  Scholarship awards will be given on August 16th  at CFI Los Angeles. [Read more]

Black Atheist Organization Awards 2014 First in the Family Humanist Scholarships to Undocumented, Foster Care, Homeless, LGBT and Atheist Youth

Black Skeptics Los Angeles, an African American atheist community-based organization, has awarded five outstanding South Los Angeles students college scholarships. [Read more]

An Invocation for Everyone: What the Secular Invocation in Greece, N.Y., Means for Humanists

greecetownhall-300x225[1]With a population of about 96,000, the town of Greece, New York, is hardly the sort of place one would expect to make national news. [Read more]

Non-Believers Now Offering Invocations Rather Than Fighting Them

For the first major shot in the invocation wars, the 344-word “prayer” Dan Courtney read Tuesday night was a gentle salvo. No defiance. No anger. No disrespect. [Read more]

Religion and SCOTUS: An Overview of Decisions by the Roberts Court

an-overview-of-decisions-by-the-roberts-court-on-religion-26892-600x400[1]The Roberts Court, which began in 2005 and has been altered by two replacements — Sonia Sotomayor in 2009 and Elena Kagan in 2010 — has been asked to clarify the precise nature of the church-state relationship on several matters. [Read more]

What Is Ken Ham Complaining About?

There’s a typical rant at the blog of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum. [Read more]

Legalising Assisted Dying Will Put Too Much Pressure on People, Says Bishop

John IngeLegalising assisted dying will put unreasonable pressure on terminally ill people and their families, the bishop of Worcester says in an emotive article published in the Guardian. [Read more]

Local Arab-American Group Launches Take on Hate Anti-Bias Campaign

Created by the National Network for Arab American Communities, the Take on Hate campaign aims to deal with misconceptions and stereotypes of Arab Americans and Muslims. [Read more]

Church Pantry Worker Fired for Being a Lesbian Sues Catholic Diocese

IMG_IMG_Troost_816_04222_2_1_O029K8UP_L54784555[1]A Kansas City woman fired from a Catholic food pantry in May sued the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese and Bishop Robert Finn on Thursday, saying that her supervisors knew that she was a lesbian. [Read more]

Islamist Group Claims Attack That Killed French Soldier in Mali

An armed Islamist group formed by al Qaeda commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar claimed responsibility on Thursday for a suicide bombing this week that killed a French soldier in northern Mali. [Read more]

What Is Dreaming and What Does It Tell Us about Memory?

CEECA378-720F-40A3-A39E06ECA78EE7CC_article[1]You are terrified and running along a dark, narrow corridor. Something very evil and scary is chasing you, but you’re not sure why. Your fear is compounded by the fact that your feet won’t do what you want—it feels like they are moving through molasses. [Read more]

Half of Americans Believe Medical Conspiracy Theories

Almost half of adults in the U.S. believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, according to a report by the University of Chicago. Some conspiracy theories are widely held: Some 37% believe that the Food and Drug Administration is purposely concealing information on natural, alternative treatments for cancer, while only a third of respondents said they disagreed with that theory. [Read more]

Study: Using The Internet Is Directly Proportional To Losing Faith

internet[1]According to a recent study, using the internet is directly proportional to losing faith. Computer scientist Allen Downey observes that there has been a dramatic decline in religious affiliation in the United States since 1990 and this trend is closely mirrored by the rise in use of the internet. [Read more]

What Jesus Would Have To Say About The Current Immigration Crisis

Over the past few weeks, the current immigration crisis has boiled over in a way we’ve not seen before now. We’ve seen literally thousands of often unaccompanied children spilling over the southern US border fleeing poverty and violence in their Central American homelands. [Read more]

World Church Groups’ Leaders Grieve Ukraine Air Crash Losses, Call for Peace

armed-pro-russian-separatists[1]The World Evangelical Alliance and the World Council of Churches Friday grieved the tragic loss of life due to the crash of Malaysian airline flight near the Ukrainian – Russian border. [Read more]

Fox Host Gretchen Carlson Warns Seinfeld’s ‘Festivus’ Promotes Anti-Christian Persecution

The far-right website WorldNetDaily interviewed Fox News host Gretchen Carlson and Fred Thompson, the former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate, about their roles in the new film “Persecuted,” a thriller about looming anti-Christian oppression in the U.S. [Read more]

Prison Imams Found to Have Links with Islamic Extremism

350x[1]Some of the imams working in UK prisons as chaplains have links with Muslim extremist groups, and may be contributing to the radicalisation of inmates, The Times newspaper has revealed. [Read more]

Anglicans Purge Devil References in Simplified Baptism Liturgy

The Church of England has purged references to the devil and to sin in a new baptism ceremony, saying it is easier to understand compared to the older service. [Read more]

Hobby Lobby Owners Planning to Build Bible Museum

Flickr-protesters-of-Hobby-Lobby-decision-615x345[1]It’s been a big year for the Green family from Oklahoma, which owns the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores. [Read more]

Hobby Lobby Planning Bible Museum in Washington

Hobby Lobby’s headed to Washington again — this time with blueprints for a massive Bible museum just off the National Mall. [Read more]

The GOP’s ‘Religious Liberty’ Campaign Is Not Working Out Too Well

shutterstock_203475655[1]In the wake of a predictable GOP filibuster of a Senate bill seeking to reverse the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, Republicans are publicly complaining that Democrats are trying to “change the subject” from this or that issue (real or imaginary) they want to talk about, but are privately conceding the peril for their team of any extended conversation involving reproductive rights. [Read more]

Hobby Lobby Family: Our $800m D.C. Bible Museum Will Save U.S. from ‘Very Scary’ Future

The family of evangelical Christians that owns the Hobby Lobby chain of crafts supply stores is planning a sprawling, $800 million “Bible museum” in the nation’s capital, just blocks away from the National Mall. [Read more]

Everyone Believes in God

proof-that-god-exists[1]According to those who think EVERYONE believes in God, God has revealed himself through nature and human conscience, but those who reject this God do so by suppressing their knowledge of God. [Read more]

Prominent Christian Nicky Morgan Becomes Education Secretary

David Cameron has promoted conservative minister and prominent Christian Nicky Morgan to the position of secretary of state for education, replacing Michael Gove who had been in the role since 2010. [Read more]

The Deepakity Continues His “Million Dollar Challenge,” and I Have One for Him!

The WooMeister is up to his old silliness, offering a million bucks to anyone who can explain how neuronal events become subjective experiences. (He did this a while back, and decided to keep himself in the public eye by making another video on Monday about exactly the same stuff.)

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Minnesota GOPer: Fossil Record Proves Humans Lived Alongside Dinosaurs

Bob Frey, a Michele Bachmann ally and Republican candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives, wants public schools to teach students that humans and dinosaurs lived together.

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Seeking “Objective Morality,” an Atheist Blogger Became a Catholic

This story is a couple of years old, but I  just heard about it, and find it fascinating. Leah Libresco, who writes at the Patheos website Unequally Yoked (on the Catholic Channel), was an atheist blogger but became a Catholic in 2012.

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