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Why Some Atheists Say Bernie Sanders Gets Them When He Talks About Religion

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

If you ask Bernie Sanders if he believes in God, he'll tell you he does. "Yeah, I do. I do," the independent senator from Vermont told Rolling S...

WHiP It! Dive Into Your Love Drop -- A Meditation

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 01.22.2016 | Divorce
Amy Elias, MS When we attend to...

Purpose-Driven Life and Secularism

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by ...

Atheist Group Files Suit To Remove 'In God We Trust' From Currency

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics

A group of atheists seeking to drop the phrase "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency filed a federal lawsuit this week in Akron, Ohio, arguing th...

What do Politics Have to do With Meaning and Purpose in Life?

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.15.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

You pass through the long security line at the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC. While the line of tourists streams forward into the Exhibition Hall, you turn right, and head to the Senate appointment desk.

Why Atheists Value Religious Freedom Day

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.15.2016 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The idea and character of religious freedom has changed over the years, and unfortunately the change has not always been for the better. But celebrations like Religious Freedom Day can remind us of the full nature of religious freedom.

Meaning, Purpose, and Civic Engagement Beyond Belief

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.14.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

Whether you are a believer or secular, to gain a greater sense of purpose and meaning in life it helps to participate in civic engagement with others from your community.

The Sacred Ground of Humanism

Staks Rosch | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion
Staks Rosch

My sacred ground is all around us. My only holy site is the one we are all standing on and, if we are not careful, it will be in ruins. It will be the graveyard of all humanity.

A Catechism of Confucianism: 命 (Ming) -- Mandate, Talent, Fate and Mission

Bin Song (宋斌) | Posted 12.28.2015 | Religion
Bin Song (宋斌)

In a word, Confucianism is neither voluntarism, extolling the infinite compass of human free will, nor is it fatalism, denying any possibility for human creativity. In the Confucian view, human beings are endowed with various talents.

Space Past Failure: The Musk of Zero

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.28.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Until this week, it was space 3, Elon Musk, zero. One Falcon 9 Rocket exploded shortly after takeoff, and two that flew as hoped failed to land as int...

Waging Peace on Christmas (or Whatever You Celebrate)

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Instead of fighting the Christmas or Hanukkah decorations cherished by many in your community, join them by creating something festive and inspiring that celebrates the season in a secular way. You can wage peace on Christmas or Whatever You Celebrate this time of year.

Catholic Church Isn't Doing Enough to Stop Child Abuse

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 12.18.2015 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The Pope begs our forgiveness for institutionalized child abuse, but neither he nor his church is deserving of it until they begin to work to end this epidemic and hold the accused accountable for their actions.

The Refugee Crisis and the Moral Imagination of Democracy: How to Confront Fundamentalists

Catherine M Wallace | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
Catherine M Wallace

I want to whack certain people with a Bible verse. When ostentatiously "Christian" politicians malign Muslims or play into racist fears of Syrian or Latino refugees, I want to bash them with the biblical teachings they are ignoring.

A Proposed Sea Change in Medical School Admissions: Humanism Was Lost With the Rise of Technology, But It's Time to Get It Back

Helen Riess, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2015 | Science
Helen Riess, M.D.

It's that time of year when future doctors are applying to medical schools. More than ever, the prevailing wisdom of selecting students from the top of their classes, with the best scholastic grades and highest standardized test scores, is being challenged.

Ross Douthat's Three Mistakes

Catherine M Wallace | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion
Catherine M Wallace

Compassion and critical thinking are values we share with morally-sensitive secular humanists and with good people in every religious tradition globally. These values are equally central to the very best of Catholic tradition, not a threat to its survival.

The Promising Progression of Children's Television

Erin Nugent | Posted 11.06.2015 | Entertainment
Erin Nugent

I find myself looking forward to children's television shows more than adult television shows, especially cartoons. I acknowledge that I can have the attention span of a squirrel, but there is something more to children's television shows than sunshine and rainbows lately -- there is humanity.

Have Atheists Hijacked Humanism (And How Humanists Can to Get it Back)

Mike Mennonno | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Mike Mennonno

If only the religious right's influence were limited to "Pastors of LA." Unfortunately, religion still causes harm in real life. And that is what has always given atheists their sharp edge.

Tell the Catholic Hardliners: Safe Sex Is Moral

Catherine M Wallace | Posted 10.27.2015 | Religion
Catherine M Wallace

When I insist that safe sex is moral, I'm not talking about disease prevention. That's part of it, of course. STDs are an epidemic threat. But there's another, richer ethical reason to practice safe sex: conceiving a child is a morally serious act.

To Confront Fundamentalism, Reclaim Humanist

Catherine M Wallace | Posted 10.21.2015 | Religion
Catherine M Wallace

We're not fundamentalists--okay, fine, got that. But who are we? What do we stand for? We can't move forward together on the common ground we share if we don't have a label--a brand, if you will--for our moral commitments.

Life Itself: The Best Humanist Ideas for the Rest of Us

Samir Selmanovic | Posted 10.12.2015 | Religion
Samir Selmanovic

In the hustle of modern life it's often difficult to stop, take a breath, and listen to those around you. We can learn so much simply by attending to the stories of the people around us.

What a Cancer Patient's Hair Taught Me About Medicine

Pranay Sinha | Posted 09.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Pranay Sinha

I buried my chin in my right hand and felt the never-comfortable sensation of a dozen eyes upon my person, urging me to say "the right thing." Before I could yield to the temptation of an easy answer, unrehearsed and unconsidered words poured out.

How Should Rhe Nonreligious Feel About Hillary Clinton?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Clinton's position on church-state separation is inconsistent. While she was a strong advocate for secular education, she's also supported religiously backed discrimination in the past and is close to a number of Religious Right leaders. It's difficult to predict how she would handle these issue once in office.

To Ensure No Harm, Shouldn't a Psychologist Be in the Interrogation Room?: The APA Ban on Torture

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Finally: Last week, after a ten-year internal struggle, the American Psychological Association voted to ban its member psychologists from any involvement in national security interrogations and, more to the point, in torture.

The Atheists Are Coming Out of a Closet Near You

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 08.12.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

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.

We May See the First Open Humanist Win a Congressional Election in 2016

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

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.