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Yes, We Still Need Blasphemy Day—Especially Now
Over the past year there have been countless cases of discrimination and outright violence against religious minorities and nontheists.
Are Atheists all Freethinkers? What is Freethought?
No Slack for the Dalai Lama—Religious Leaders and their Fogyish Rhetoric
For centuries, religious leaders like the Pope and the Dalai Lama have been seen as a beacon of hope and guidance for believers. But their influence can be harmful.
How Does Israel Get Away With It? A Leading Jewish Israeli Activist Speaks Out
In the early 1970s Jeff Halper didn’t call himself a Zionist despite his decision to make his home in the Jewish State. Today he’s quite clear where he stands, “I’m an anti-Zionist”.
Do Any Atheists Go to Church? Why Would Atheists Attend Church Services?
The idea of atheists attending church services seems contradictory. Doesn’t that require belief in God?
Our Prayers For The #UCCShooting Are Worthless
I’ve really struggled to figure out what to say since I first heard the reports of yet another mass shooting on American soil.
Before You Claim the UCC Shooting Was About Christian Persecution, Consider All the Evidence
While much of the response was predictable and repetitive there is one specific detail of the story that has featured prominently in media coverage across the board.
Condolences and Prayers: How Republicans Ignore Gun Control After Mass Shootings
Presidential candidates Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and Mike Huckabee responded to news of the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon with tweets expressing their condolences and offering prayers for the victims and their families.
New US Free Expression Campaign Website Launched for International Blasphemy Rights Day
The US-based Centre for Inquiry (CFI) has launched a new website for their campaign to promote and defend free expression, in time to celebrate International Blasphemy Rights Day.
Is Belief in an Afterlife Pragmatic?
Would we be happier and less prone to become depressed if we at least clung to some *hope* that there is a better life waiting for us after we die?
Is ‘New Atheism’ a Religious, or Faith-Based Movement?
The religious attributes discursively ascribed to ‘New Atheism’ are in the same league as the militarism attributed to it a lack of belief that is commonly misrepresented as a positive belief in the non-existence of supernatural phenomena.
Ten Cliches Christians Should Stop Saying
Christians have a remarkable talent for sticking our feet in our mouths. When searching the words most commonly associated with “Christian,” the list ain’t pretty.
Pope Francis Hung Out Privately With Gay Friends Before Accidentally Shaking Hands With Kim Davis
Pope Francis personally arranged the brief visit by email ahead of his visit to the United States.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair and School Prayer Myth
With regards to school prayer, Madalyn Murray O’Hair played no role at all — not even a minor one.
Go Inside a Gay Conversion Therapy Camp — Does It Seem Helpful or Completely Ridiculous?
Today, the process is deemed unhealthy by numerous mental health professionals around the world.
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