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Sam Harris on Spirituality without Religion, Happiness, and How to Cultivate the Art of Presence

samharris_wakingup[1]In Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (public library), philosopher, neuroscientist, and mindful skeptic Sam Harris offers a contemporary addition to this lineage of human inquiry [Read more]

Exposing Adam Lee’s Lies About Richard Dawkins

Daylight Atheism‘s Adam Lee wrote a piece at Comment is free. Originally called ‘Richard Dawkins has officially lost it: he’s now a sexist pig giving atheists a bad name’, the article has since been renamed ‘Richard Dawkins has lost it: ignorant sexism gives atheists a bad name‘. [Read more]

Fewer Atheists & Agnostics Say that a Single Marriage Partner is Important

Just-Married-180x[1]This suggests that atheists and agnostics are more willing to divorce and remarry, even if they are less likely than others to actually do so. [Read more]

God as the Sex Police: Using Sexual Purity to Divide Insiders from Outsiders

There’s no avoiding the fact that conservative evangelical Christians focus their cultural and political complains almost exclusively on sex-related sins: abortion, homosexuality, contraception, extramarital sex, premarital sex, kinky sex, etc. [Read more]

Building a Christian Home Inside Atheism

Screen-Shot-2014-09-19-at-11.33.54-AM[1]After realizing that I was an atheist a few years ago, I had to do a lot of very intentional and difficult work to separate myself from my evangelical megachurch upbringing. [Read more]

Audacity of Godlessness: How and Why Being Godless in America Requires Audacity

Being godless in America today is an act of audacity. American culture, politics, and history are oriented towards the reinforcement of traditional theism generally and Christianity in particular. [Read more]

Myth: Religious Neutrality is Hostility toward Religion & Religious Beliefs

A common mantra from Christian Nationalists is that secular society is hostile to religion whenever strict neutrality is observed. [Read more]

The Bizarre Behavior of Christian Conservatives This Week

If Christianity had its own PR flack, he would be slamming his fist on the desk right about now, as the faithful are spinning out of control. [Read more]

Reactions to the Don’t Say the Pledge Campaign

pledgekids[1]Last week the American Humanist Association launched its Don’t Say the Pledge campaign, encouraging Americans to sit out the Pledge of Allegiance when it’s said in schools and government meetings in order to draw attention to the divisive nature of “under God.” [Read more]

Is God A Mafia Boss Or Is God Good?

The Old Testament was reviewed with two thumbs down, sporting the title, “’God’ is portrayed as an arbitrary mafia boss.” [Read Part 1] [Read Part 2]

U.S. Air Force Reverses Decision to Enforce ‘So Help Me God’ in Oath

become-volunteer-military-officer-1[1]The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center and the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers applaud the U.S. Air Force for allowing an atheist Airman to reenlist using a secular affirmation that does not include the phrase “so help me God.” [Read more]

Sam Harris is One of Its Latest Victims

A few days ago Andrew Sullivan put on his George Will hat and did a big harrumph about political correctness run mad. Apropos of what? [Read more]

Escape from Duggarville: How Playing the Good Christian Housewife Almost Killed Me

michelle-duggar-via-TLC-official-youtube-2-800x430[1]Whenever I talk about my escape from the Quiverfull movement, Christians immediately dismiss my experience by saying, “Your problem was not with Jesus or Christianity. [Read more]

Voodoo: 5 Reasons this Extraordinary Religion Makes People Scared

voodooblues[1]Voodoo can be scary, but not for the reasons that come to most people’s minds. New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou are the Frankenstein monsters of religions. [Read more]

Texas Public Schools Are Teaching Creationism

140115_SCI_Creationism.png.CROP.original-original[1]An investigation into charter schools’ dishonest and unconstitutional science, history, and “values” lessons. [Read more]

Iranian Sentenced to Death for Insulting Prophet Mohammad

I think it’s more likely that they will not execute him. But please share this widely, if you have a blog, blog about it: let it become major news. [Read more]

Poll shows Egyptians Favour Democracy and Stoning for Adultery

-EGYPT-POLITICS-UNREST[1]Egyptians reject radical Islamists, but want Islam to play a large role in politics and think democracy is the best political system, according to poll data collected in Muslim countries last year. [Read more]

We All Think Our Religion Is the Right One

When your spiritual beliefs are an important priority in your life, you research and carefully select your religion. You consider what the different religions of the world say and you go with the one that feels the most truthful to you. [Read more]

Free Will Persists (Even If Your Brain Made You Do It)

dn26242-1_300[1]Many neuroscientists, such as the late Francis Crick, have argued that our sense of free will is no more than the behaviour of a vast assembly of nerve cells. [Read more]

Louisiana Creationism: Incurable Stupidity

This video — Crazed Senatorial Questioning — is only one minute long, but it’s definitely worth a look. We would have embedded it, but the visible title is inappropriate for this blog. [Read more]

Study: Population Won’t Stabilize This Century

african-people[1]A new re­port sug­gests Earth’s popula­t­ion will keep ris­ing through this cen­tu­ry—con­trary to past pro­jec­tions that it would sta­bi­lize, peak­ing around 2050. [Read more]

Catholic School Implicated in Brutal Philly Gay-Bashing Incident

Staff and former students from Archbishop Wood High School in Philadelphia are suspects in a brutal hate crime that occurred last week. [Read more]

Kant’s Foolproof Recipe for Happiness

kant[1]Big Think posts have considered under what circumstances conservatives are happier than liberals and reported on research that the happiness of a marriage is largely a function of the wife’s happiness quotient rather than that of the husband. [Read more]

If ISIS’s God Were Real, Would I Be Obliged to Follow Him?

From my understanding of Divine Command Theory (DCT), it seems the response I ought to give, is “yes, under such circumstances I should become an IS member”. [Read more]

Stephen Prothero on “Are All Religions the Same?”

Well here’s something refreshing: a professor of religion, Stephen Prothero, professing that all religions are NOT the same!

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