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Minority Secular Organizations Receive Grants

a-word-from-our-president[1]Black Nonbelievers, Ex-Muslims of North America, and Hispanic American Freethinkers would like to thank the Stiefel Freethought Foundation for demonstrating their confidence in our organizations through this grant. [Read more]

Standing for Secular America

I applaud Councilwoman-elect Jessica Fitzwater on her stand for a secular government. I also applaud Montgomery County for removing religious connotations from their calendar. [Read more]

HBO’s Pending Scientology Doc Likely to Anger Tom Cruise

shutterstock_165886361[1]The Hollywood Reporter says that a “bombshell” film on Scientology and its hold on some Hollywood stars will air in 2015. [Read more]

Losing My Religion?

Australia has been a religious place for many thousands of years, home to the spiritual beings and forces observed by the Aboriginal people, as well as to the Torres Strait Islander religion. [Read more]

Time for Atheists to Spread Their Message About Christmas

16452336-mmmain[1]An atheist sees a doughnut and knows there was a baker. That same atheist looks at the marvel of childbirth and sees no “baker.” [Read more]

Authors Make Case for Atheism’s Friendlier, Humanist Face

Helping people devise their own commandments — the 21st-century commandments of the title — offers a rational framework for self-reflection, the authors say. [Read more]

Charles Darwin Through Christian Spectacles

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn his Autobiography (not intended for publication) Darwin says that when he was writing On the Origin of Species, he considered it impossible to conceive of this woderful Universe as the product of mere chance. [Read more]

Celebrating Christmas: Sources of Christmas Traditions, Modern and Ancient

Much of what people associate with Christmas, a holiday that is supposed to be about the birth of Jesus, actually pre-dates Christianity. [Read more]

Satanists Spice Up the Holiday Season in Florida

lucifer[1]The First Amendment prohibits the government from taking actions “respecting an establishment of religion,” but the Supreme Court has held for decades that these private holiday displays in public places are no breach of the church-state wall. [Read more]

Godless Atheists and Holidays: How Should Atheists Deal with Holidays, Rituals?

Rituals are not inherently irrational, but they can be irrational if they are simply followed for the sake of tradition, or because that is what is expected of you, etc. [Read more]

This Atheist is Thankful for the Clergy

clergy_praying_ferguson_protests_9.29-300x199[1]I’ve always thought of myself as a nonreligious person, and the idea of a class of people separated from the rest of us, granted special privileges due to their position as representatives of a religious tradition, worries me. [Read more]

Christians and Suicide: New York Times Reports on Evangelicals Embracing Talk of Mental Illness

Generally, I find it easier to point out what’s wrong with a story than explain what’s right. This is one of those cases where I’m tempted to say simply: This is good. Read it. [Read more]

Nonbelievers Endure Painful Criticism

B9315280964Z.1_20141128175913_000+GAM98H15O.1-0[1]Daily, nonbelievers have to endure painful criticism, something no other group would, or should, tolerate. [Read more]

Government Again Deletes Atheism and Humanism from Study

The Independent School Standards require schools to ‘actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’ [Read more]

Can Coffee Bring You Closer To God?

fN6hZMWqRHuFET5YoApH_StBalmainCoffee[1]This new passion for the spiritual potential of morning time lead me to re-imagine what shacharit, the morning prayer service, was about. And for me, it was all about coffee. [Read more]

Arab-Jewish School, Symbol of Jerusalem Co-Existence, Torched

Suspected Jewish extremists set fire to a classroom in an Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem, police said on Sunday, targeting a symbol of co-existence in a city on edge over a recent surge in violence. [Read more]

Facing Environmental Crisis, Can Buddhist Values Offer Non-Religious China A Greener Path?

buddhism-200x160[1]Remarkably, the atheist country, which is also the world’s number one polluter, has recently embraced Buddhism to help persuade its citizens to care about the environment. [Read more]

Bah, Humbug! Arguing Against Christmas & Why We Need More ‘Bah Humbug’

Skeptics of Christmas are not received well; those who do object to something about Christmas usually portray themselves as actually defending a “true” Christmas. [Read more]

Muslims Discovered Earth is Round, Says Religion That Believes It’s Flat

muslim-science[1]Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. [Read more]

Islam, Christianity Share Some Beliefs, Traditions

Islam and Christianity both come out of the same Abrahamic tradition and share some similar beliefs and ethics. Both traditions believe in Jesus, but what they believe about Jesus divides them sharply. [Read more]

Heina Dadabhoy on Atheist Debates

heina[1]On Twitter there was talk of giving up on the atheist movement because it is so conservative–as if that were a surprise. [Read more]

Evangelicals with Gay Children Challenging Church

When their 12-year-old son Ryan said he was gay, they told him they loved him, but he had to change. He entered “reparative therapy,” met regularly with his pastor and immersed himself in Bible study and his church youth group. [Read more]