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Congressman Barney Frank’s Deep Dark Secret That Was Buried for Years

300x206xBarney_Frank_-_Openly_Secular_-_YouTube-300x206.jpg.pagespeed.ic.jV9_ETzm5O[1]Congressman Barney Frank had a deep dark secret that he kept hidden for rather a long time, if it had been revealed then his career might have been destroyed. [Read more] [Video]

Skepticism and the Foundations of Reasonable Beliefs

The foundation for modern, critical skepticism can probably be expressed most simply as: the absence of good reasons for believing a proposition is itself good reason to disbelieve it, at least in the passive sense and possibly in the active sense. [Read more]

Atheist Coalition Wants You to Know They Are ‘Openly Secular’

A new coalition of atheists, humanists and other nonreligious groups is taking a page from the gay rights movement and encouraging people to admit they are “openly secular.” [Read more]

‘Ben Affleck Proved My Point On Islam,’ Atheist Sam Harris States

Ben-Affleck-Taken-To-Task-By-Atheist-Sam-Harris-665x385[1]Ben Affleck may have won over fans with his casting as Batman in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, but he hasn’t won the debate over Islam, at least not to atheist Sam Harris. [Read more]

Should Atheists Distribute Freethought, Atheist Tracts?

Tracts are so common and have spread so far that people tend to overlook them and forget they are there. This is unfortunate because I believe that it causes atheists to also overlook the impact atheist tracts might have. [Read more]

Atheists Want Painting That Suggests ‘Real American Children Pray’ Removed From School’s Office But District Refuses

donald-zolan[1]The Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin, is now lobbying an Oklahoma School District to remove a painting by artist Donald Zolan because it suggests that “real American children pray.” [Read more]

Atheism Included in the Meaning of ‘Creed’ Under the Code

The prohibition on discrimination because of creed had to be interpreted in a liberal and purposive manner, and this encapsulated discrimination because the person was atheist. Moreover, international human rights law included protections for atheism as part of freedom of religion. [Read more]

‘Loving Christians’ Threaten Atheist Family in Louisiana

Captura_creepy_message[1]While the majority of religious people don’t threaten atheists, there are a few who do. When this happens, it can be a worrisome and scary problem for those of us who are non-believers. [Read more]

Alabama Church Says Pastor Confessed He Has AIDS, Slept With Flock

An Alabama pastor shocked his flock by reportedly confessing from the pulpit that he has AIDS, had slept with church members, used drugs and misused funds. [Read more]

Hardin Jefferson ISD Accused of More Religious Violations

5079958_G[1]The organization that went after the Hawks for Christ group for its prayers at China Elementary and filed a complaint against the Kountze cheerleaders for Bible-based banners, is now accusing Hardin- Jefferson schools of more constitutional violations. [Read more]

Syria, Secularism, and U.S. Policy

In a groundbreaking article, one of our more respected experts on Middle East affairs has proposed that our policy should pivot to outright cooperation with Assad’s regime in Syria, the better to campaign more effectively against our mutual enemy, the Islamic State, or ISIS. [Read more]

Leading Vatican Cardinal Says Catholic Church Will Never Bless Gay Marriage

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????A leading Vatican cardinal said on Thursday the Roman Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage, wading into a controversy over the issue in Italy and other countries. [Read more]

Church Officials Struggle to Assist Those with Mental Illness

Many clergy lack necessary resources, training, but there are efforts to educate. [Read more]

How 2 French Girls Were Lured to Jihad Online

460x[1]On the day she left for Syria, Sahra strode along the train platform with two bulky schoolbags slung over her shoulder. In a grainy image caught on security camera, the French teen tucks her hair into a headscarf. [Read more]

With Its Pick, Nobel Committee Draws Renewed Attention to India-Pakistan Conflict

The richly symbolic selection brings together individuals who took very different paths to the award, but who hold much in common in their outspoken advocacy for the rights of children. [Read more]

5 Reasons Kansas’ Conservative Christian GOP Senator Pat Roberts Might Get Thrown Out

screen_shot_2014-10-10_at_12.17.48_pm[1]Kansas Republican Senator Pat Roberts is in a whole lot of trouble. Yes, you read that right – the notoriously conservative state of Kansas may throw out its senior Republican Senator who has served in the upper chamber since 1997. [Read more]

School Officials: Bible Classes Will Resume During Evaluation

Bible instruction in the Rowan-Salisbury School System after a national group wrote them a letter asking them to immediately stop the classes. [Read more]

Fables and Parables

350px-The_Ant_and_the_Grasshopper_-_Project_Gutenberg_etext_19994[1]Let us consider those parables strictly in their own words, and if they hold up as well as Aesop’s fables as practical moral lessons. [Read more]

Totalitarian Religion and Violence

Why are so many religions often associated with totalitarian impulses – a tendency to force themselves on non-adherents as if no other beliefs were legitimate? [Read more]

Christian ‘Life Coaches’ Caught On Tape Beating Teen For ‘Talking To A Girl’

In the unsettling video below, three life coaches and program director at Abundant Life Academy are seen tackling the 14-year-old boy and violently restraining him. When he escapes and attempts to run, the four adults catch and assault him again.

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