A few of the young men and women I met in Yogyakarta said they had experienced ostracism and even threats as a consequence of their questioning the faith.
I am a nice person unless you ring my doorbell and try to sell me something, including religion, or make laws to discriminate against my friends. Then, I'm a bit irritable. Here is the official Atheist Agenda.
The one finding I would most like to share after more than a quarter-century of traveling throughout this country reporting on issues of faith is how similar people are in their basic desires and ambitions.
One thing I've worked hard to understand is why some people practice their religion so fervently, interpreting it so literally, even when it seems to defy logic. The older I get and the more personal challenges I face, the better I understand and respect the need for faith.
If the folks behind a movement called Openly Secular have their way, more and more American atheists will be coming out of their religion-free closets to declare their unbelief to friends, family and coworkers.
I follow Richard Dawkins on Twitter. Why, as a devout Mormon, do I follow the world's most prominent (living) atheist? I'm always interested in both sides. Obviously an articulate and intelligent man, Dawkins is also, how do I put it, snarky. Case in point, the following three tweets, all generated in a single day.
The potential election of Jamie Raskin to Congress will be history-making for many reasons, but some people, including some within the humanist community, can't seem to understand why it's important to identify openly while running for elected office.
On my tour called the "Immortality Bus," I'm hoping to share with others that we should support a society and culture that is strongly pro-science and pro-longevity. My team and I plan to have embedded journalists aboard the bus, documenting our trip and enlivening the conversation.
Much of what religious workers do is important work, including working for charities that assist those in need. So instead of seeking to abolish this religious fast-track to getting a visa or citizenship, let's expand it for all workers willing to engage in two years of continuous charitable work.
God is not dead. Fundamentalists are seemingly creeping up everywhere. And despite their spectacular growth, Mormons were never more in the public eye than when they were being targeted in the 19th century.
It is the person who passionately insists on no involvement of such a force that has to furnish evidence for their fairytale belief in magical ex-nihilo creation. Extraordinary claims do require extraordinary evidence.
We both go to church. We both believe in Jesus. I am a Christian. You are something else. Such is the message I often hear from organized religion, and as a gay man and ex-fundamentalist, I find it divisive and presumptuous.
Robert Gates is not to blame that the ban on homosexual adult leaders was not addressed years sooner, but he must answer for the current plan that seeks to devolve anti-LGBT discrimination to all of those faith-based chartered organizations that might prefer to exclude LGBT parents. This is wrong and divisive.
I have a special wall in my office. The wall houses paintings that TFC students have created for me. It's a special place because it reminds me of the talent and kindness of our students.
It's time religious and political crusaders wake up to the fact that the Ten Commandments were written in ancient times and as such reflect ancient values that are largely obsolete in the modern age. Beyond legal concerns about placing a religious monument on public grounds the Ten Commandments are simply outdated.
Talking to a friend recently who was experiencing some serious doubt about her belief in God, I found myself saying, "Everyone has to give up the old God and find the real one."