In 1952, Congress established the National Day of Prayer. It has been observed on every first Thursday in May since 1988, but this year's day of prayer celebration was my favorite -- by default.
I know that if God exists, God is good. If divine love is real, it's not static and lifeless. But honestly, I don't know if God exists. I only know that we exist.
While I hope not, it is likely that some Islamophobia deniers will continue to demonize Muslims who claim they've been discriminated against. Such demonizing is a slanted narrative devoid of common sense. Don't fall for it.
The first Thursday in May is a peculiar day for many Americans as it's a day set aside for government to intrude in their private religious practices. On May 1, the National Day of Prayer, government officials from city council to president ask citizens to join them in supplication.
There is a difference between critiquing Islam and spreading irrational fear of Muslims. There is a difference between intellectually commenting on a religion and inciting hatred of its adherents.
Modern atheists could learn a great deal from Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872), the German thinker who inspired the atheism of Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and Friedrich Nietzsche.
While the prospect of permanent nonexistence is terrifying for some, it can also be comforting. As humanists, we don't bank on an afterlife unsupported by the evidence.
It's Easter, which in political terms means there is going to be some government body that attempts to put up religious symbols on public property and some outside group that says those symbols are unconstitutional.
Everything depends on whether Tehran, and not just President Hassan Rouhani, is serious. No surprise, many analysts -- and more importantly, paladins of Capitol Hill -- remain skeptical. And that doubt has fueled efforts to impose new sanctions, which would impede if not kill efforts to reach a final accord.
In a recent radio interview, Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila compared Colorado's "godlessness" to Nazi Germany and Stalin's Russia and said it portend...
There are many conflicts between science and basic Christian beliefs that are irreconcilable. Science is not likely to change to accommodate Christianity. If Christianity changes to accommodate science, it will be difficult to still call it Christianity.
Pope Francis in his first crucial year has exhibited a degree of humility that has given hope to masses and challenged the orthodoxy of a comfortably numb establishment.
Besides the fact that vouchers drain the public education system of funds and deprive both students and teachers of vital civil rights protections, most of the tax dollars involved goes to private religious schools.
The separation of church and state in the U.S. constitution is more honored in the breach than in the observance.
Too many times, I listened to the evening news to hear someone say that it was "by the grace of God" that their home was still standing or that their loved ones were still alive. I began to wonder: Did God not grace their neighbor, the one who lost their home and their loved ones?
The difference between them is how they perceive those results; religious people see them as a reward bestowed upon them by a supernatural God -- a colorful sticker on their report card, while atheists see them as the natural byproducts of living ethically.