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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.

Is It Easier for Religious Workers to Immigrate to America?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

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.

Federal Prisons Will Now Recognize Humanism As A Religion

Religion News Source | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion

Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. (RNS) The Federal Bureau of Prisons has agreed to recognize humanism as a re...

How The 'Nones' Can Find A Sense Of Community Outside Of Religion

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.22.2015 | Religion

The "nones," or the religiously unaffiliated, are a rapidly growing "faith" group in the United States. They make up roughly 23 percent of ...

Time to Shelve the 10 Commandments

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

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.

Millennial Faith Leaders Are Ready To Help Steer The Green Movement

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion

To many religious climate activists, caring for the environment isn't just a good idea -- it's a moral responsibility. Pope Francis released an en...

Counting the Godless

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Poll after poll demonstrates that the number of religious people in America is declining--even Bill O'Reilly now admits it. But counting the corresponding increase of those without traditional religion continues to be a mix of moving targets and differing definitions. This is because people are often counting different groups.

How to Get From Here to There: Part I, Entrepreneurship and Maslow's Hierarchy

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Steve Mariotti

Understanding what motivates people's decisions and how people can find success is one of the keys to building a successful community.

Right Wing Congress Puts Religion Over People

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

As a nation, we must decide in the very near future whether protecting religious ideology is more important than protecting the vulnerable among us. Congress may have started down the wrong path on this issue, but the American people can pressure our elected representatives to reverse this course.

5 Challenges Facing the Secular Movement

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

April 23 was coming-out day. Not for LGBT people, but for a group that hopes to emulate the success of the gay rights movement: agnostics, atheists, humanists and other religion non-believers.

Blogger Deaths Highlight Dangers For Atheists Around The World

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 04.04.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Atheists, humanists and other nonbelievers are speaking out against the brutal slaying of an atheist blogger in Bangladesh, the second such kill...

Giving Peace a Chance

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The growth of peaceful conflict resolution is something that people of all backgrounds, religious or not, must encourage if we wish to stop religious and ideological extremists from instigating violent reprisals, both individually and through government action.

It Need Not Be the End of the World as We Know It

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

When religious leaders convince folks that the world is coming to an end during their lifetime, people adopt a sense of fatalism that is enormously destructive because it breeds inaction towards some of the biggest issues of our time.

An Atheist Reaction to the Chapel Hill Tragedy

Herb Silverman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Religion
Herb Silverman

No large group should be held responsible for the actions of a deranged person who just happens to belong to that group.

How Atheists Are Giving Back In The Wake Of The Chapel Hill Shooting

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Atheists and other nonbelievers have pitched in more than $20,000 to support the pet charity of one of the three Muslim students slain in North ...

Why Atheists Like Me Grieve for the Chapel Hill Shooting Victims

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

Atheism is not a belief system or a doctrine. It is simply a rejection of irrational beliefs. Those who treat it as anything more, as Craig Stephen Hicks may have, should be condemned by all -- no excuses.

Examining The Annual Exam

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In last week's New York Times, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel suggested that this year's resolution might be to abandon the ritual of your annual physical. The title of his column, perhaps chosen by an editor to maximize glibness and thus provocation was: "Skip your annual physical." But permit me to suggest you don't commit to that just yet. The annual physical exam warrants some more examination, a defense to follow its prosecution.

Why Thanking God is Hurtful

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Gratitude is something we should demonstrate to those we believe responsible for helping us in our time of need, but we should remember to express our gratitude in a way that doesn't hurt those that are still suffering.

Do Bacteria Go to Heaven?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Pet owners are rejoicing, and indeed even a nonbeliever like me finds it charming. Still, I worry: does His Holiness include bacteria? He had better, because bacteria are part of who we are -- a big part.

Dementia 101: Neurocognitive Disorder is the New Dementia

Kyrié Sue Carpenter | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Kyrié Sue Carpenter

I want to be clear; I know and see daily the challenges and suffering dementia can bring. I also know and see daily the beautiful joys and learning it can bring, to those experiencing it and those that care for them. Can we have a perspective on dementia that holds both the challenges and the joys? They are not mutually exclusive.

A War on Reason, Not on Christmas

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

With the same predictability and inevitability of a House vote to abolish Obamacare, Bill O'Reilly yet again has declared his false war on the faux war on Christmas.