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Walking on Eggshells: Being an Atheist in a Religious Society

20150812_NewFrippStars_008-copy-938x535[1]I learned more about the religion that had been forced upon me since I was young. And it was then when I finally took a step back to actually think about the idea of a superhuman agency.

Belief in God Remains Mandatory for Success in American Politics

Not believing in God is perhaps the greatest limitation to getting elected to public office, particularly at the national level.

Ingersoll’s Vow – Free From Religion & Superstition

robert-ingersoll[1]When I became convinced that the Universe is natural–that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood, the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom.

“What if Your Whole World Was a Cult?”: The NYT Profiles Jerry DeWitt

In a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of DeWitt at the New York Times, “Bible belt atheist,” which includes a must-watch 8-minute video.

Atheists Don’t Want Statue of Billy Graham at U.S. Capitol

billy-graham[1]The North Carolina House passed House Bill 540, a bill recognizing Graham’s legacy of preaching to 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories and as many as 2.2 billion through television.

Whose Religion? Which Secularism?

First, we need to understand the origins and meaning of secularism. Secularism is (ironically) a uniquely Christian and Western construction.

The Dangerous Problem With Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher’s Militant Atheism

maher_dawkins[1]I’m an atheist, so I tend to agree with most of the ideas that Dawkins and Maher and their ilk are promoting. But boy, do they ever go about it the wrong way.

Fighting Social Change, and Hiding Behind Religion

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis made another star turn at the Republican candidates’ debates last week, both the main attraction and the undercard.

God Help Us? How Religion is Good (And Bad) For Mental Health

praying[1]Studies on the brains of religious people may also provide an explanation for the link between religion and mental-health benefits, said Dr. Andrew Newberg.

Fox Host Backs ‘What Would Jesus Do’ Painting: ‘If You’re in a Courthouse, You Could Use a Little Jesus’

Supporters of the painting gathered outside Breathitt County Courthouse to urge officials to ignore a letter from the Freedom of Religion Foundation calling for it to be removed.

Controversy Brewing After Sheriffs Allow ‘In God We Trust’ Added to Cruisers

InGodWeTrust[1]When Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller decided to pay for all of the stickers out of his own pocket, he knew the words “In God We Trust” would still cause controversy.

‘Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins’ Sign to Be Removed

City council members told CBS19 other independent contractors surveyed the land and they all showed the sign is on public property.

Why Right-Wing Christian Leaders Are Often Indifferent to Needless Suffering

hungry_child_2[1]Conservative readings of the Bible demand suffering for women, the sick and the dying. And this has an impact on our lives today.

Christian Factory Worker Fired After Pushing Anti-Gay Movie on Colleagues

The movie is all about a Christian who tries to rescue gay people from eternal damnation because, you know, he loves them too much to let them suffer.

Oklahoma Teacher Orders ‘Evil’ 4-year-old to Become Righty: ‘Devil is Often Portrayed as Left-handed’

Zayde-Sands-KFOR-800x430[1]Alisha Sands said her 4-year-old son, Zayde, is just learning to read and write in his first year at Oakes Elementary in Okemah.

Ken Ham Has No Misconceptions

The New York Times recently published 10 misconceptions about the theory of evolution. It’s a good collection of some of the common clunkers we see all the time.

Pope Francis’ Surprise Action Just Proved He Stands Against President Obama on a Key Issue

GettyImages-489650398-594x330[1]Although Pope Francis mentioned religious liberty only briefly in his public remarks with President Obama Wednesday.

Why Protestant Pastors Should Be Paying Attention To Pope Francis’ Visit To The United States

I really, really hope other Christian leaders are taking note of Pope Francis and the response he’s receiving.

9 Issues the Pope Insists America Not Ignore

screen_shot_2015-09-24_at_7.03.51_am[1]The world is waiting for America to start solving problems, the pontiff told Congress.

Will Pope Francis Have the Courage to Finally Break With the Church’s Anti-Woman Stance?

The Catholic Church has always maintained its stance that the sperm has a God-given right to try to get to the egg.

Disturbing Propaganda Vid Shows Suicide Bomber’s Reaction Minutes Before Blowing Himself Up

F26509C6-69CD-4C54-B0EC-A29B1D9DCD9E_w640_s-1024x590[1]A video released by Syria’s Al-Qaeda affiliate, the Al-Nusra Front, shows a young suicide bomber’s final moments before detonating himself.

Putin Opens Moscow’s Largest Mosque, Warns Against Extremists

Russia has fought two wars against Chechen separatists in the mainly-Muslim North Caucasus region where an Islamist insurgency is still simmering and some rebels have sworn their allegiance to IS.

Purity Culture and My Sexuality

screen-shot-2015-09-23-at-11-24-32-am[1]When I was a teenager, I read and re-read books like Sarah Mally’s Before You Meet Prince Charming, Eric and Leslie Ludy’s When God Writes Your Love Story, and Debi Pearl’s Preparing to be a Help Meet.

Exposing The Spiritual Malpractice of Southern Baptists and The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

acbc-300x261[1]The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors will be hosting a series of conferences next month on the topics of “Homosexuality” and “Transgender Confusion” at Southern Seminary.

An Atheist Reads The Book Of Ruth: The Least Biblical Book In The Bible

For a start its named after a woman, which is incredible considering as most other women in the Bible aren’t even given names.

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