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Dan Arel
Dan Arel is the author of Parenting Without God and is a freelance journalist for AlterNet, Salon and others. He runs a blog called Danthropology.

You can reach Dan on his website or follow him on Twitter: @danarel

Entries by Dan Arel

Charlie Hebdo Has a Right to Offend You and It Is Not a Double Standard

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 2:32 PM

Writing for the Huffington Post UK, Mehdi Hasan has decided that free-speech has its limits and he also believes that Muslims are being held to a hypocritical double standard.

Are they? Is there truth to Hasan's claims?

The answer here is simple. No! There is no double standard...

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Why I Am Raising My Child to Be a Feminist and Why I Think You Should Too

(16) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 1:28 PM


Feminism is not discussed in any of the parenting books or the dad groups or, well, anywhere that parents seem to gravitate to for parenting advice. This baffles me. Why is such an important issue not seen as a parenting issue?

When I...

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Teaching Religion to Children May Not Be Easy, but It Is Necessary

(123) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 10:03 AM


I was raised in a Christian home and was taught very little about other religions. I also attended a Christian school for a number of years where I was taught a great deal of misinformation about other beliefs, most of which revolved around...

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Freedom From Religion Foundation Urges IRS to investigate Ark Encounter

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 11:54 AM


The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to the IRS urging them to investigate Ken Ham's Ark Encounter. The letter alleges that Ham has continuously attempted to run a for-profit business behind his non-profit in order to benefit from as...

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Sorry Republicans But Jesus Was a Marxist

(486) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 1:24 PM

There has been a lot of discussion recently about Jesus and his political views. Putting aside the debate about Jesus' existence for a moment, let's assume for this article he did exist, and even was the Son of God. I want to look at the Christian version of Jesus of...

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New Atheism: Is It Dead or an Idea Worth Saving?

(19) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 11:10 AM


For the lack of a better term I consider myself a "new atheist". Along the lines of those like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel C. Dennett  (The Four Horseman) for whom the term is originally coined. I am an outspoken...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Speaking at Apostacon 2014

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 5:52 PM

Very few events of this magnitude happen in the skeptic and atheist communities. Sure, there is the always-awesome American Atheist Convention, which brings out the who's who of the movement, and great events like Skepitcon and the American Humanist Conference draw great crowds, but one event is really standing out...

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The Pope's Anti-Abuse Commission: Action or PR Stunt?

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 3:10 PM

Pope Francis has been praised for all the very positive things he has been saying since taking over the papacy last year. He welcomes non-believers into Heaven as long as they are "good people," he told the Church to back off on fighting against marriage equality, and he derided capitalism...

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The Salvation Army's White-Flag Surrender to Secularism

(68) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 4:46 PM

In 2004 a group of 19 plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the Salvation Army. The group claimed that the organization, which is a registered evangelical church and charity organization in the United States, was using public taxpayer money to proselytize their evangelical religious beliefs, discriminate, and terminate employees based on...

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Cosmos Squashes Creationism Under the Weight of Evidence

(639) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 8:35 AM

Episode two of Cosmos, hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson aired this week and Tyson, towards the end of the program made one of the best statements that one can hope sank into the minds of young and old viewers alike, and most importantly, creationists. Tyson proclaimed there is no shame...

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Atheists Are Not Offended by a Cross, They Are Offended by Discrimination

(22) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 9:58 AM

When you build a skyscraper using steel beams you build it using crossbeams. When these buildings come down, there is a high chance some of those crossbeams will remain standing.

When two planes took down the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001 it should really be of no...

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The Christian Right's Plan for a Strategic Theocratic Mid-Term Takeover

(30) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 7:11 PM

What lessons can we take from the recent debacle in Arizona? What did their anti-gay bill tell us about the direction of the Christian Right in this country?

After the veto of Arizona's bill SB 1062, the bill ready to allow religious discrimination against homosexuals by business owners, the Christian...

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The Struggle Against a Theocratic America

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 11:34 AM

Arizona dodged a bullet. Their Governor Jan Brewer thankfully vetoed a very discriminatory law this week. A law that would have made discrimination, based solely on sexual orientation, legal under the premise of religious freedom.

The bill, if signed would have allowed Arizona business owners to refuse service to couples,...

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The Growing Importance of an Atheist Community

(13) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 8:34 AM

Like it or not, atheism has become more than a "lack of belief in gods".

Sure, if you want to pull out a dictionary you can prove me wrong and say that is all atheism is. Yet doing so would be naive as to the world we live in and...

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Fighting Inequality in Two Americas

(6) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 9:45 AM

We are living in two Americas at once. One is progressive where politicians and states move towards equality, same-sex marriage is becoming legal one state at a time, abortion rights move in favor of a woman's choice, and marijuana is becoming legal, making this victimless "crime" a crime no longer.

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Did Bill Nye Hurt Science?

(55) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 4:20 PM

It happened. Bill Nye faced off against Ken Ham to discuss evolution versus creation. Though this had been strongly advised against, it carried on as planned. Of course, it should have because the fallout of pulling out a debate would have been worse than the debate itself.

So what happened...

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