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Atheists Can Be Executed In Seven Countries, Report

Reuters | Robert Evans | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion

(Reuters) - Atheists and other religious skeptics suffer persecution or discrimination in many parts of the world and in at least seven nations can be...

What's A 'Faitheist'? Chris Stedman Explains

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion

(RNS) As the assistant humanist chaplain at Harvard University, Chris Stedman coordinates its "Values in Action" program. In his recent book, "Faithei...

Why Pluralism Should Matter To Atheists

Vlad Chituc | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Vlad Chituc

Pluralism responsibly done and (necessarily) rooted in secularism can only be a good thing. We don't need to embrace the homophobic, the racist or the sexist to get along.

Dear Sally Quinn: Atheists Are Americans Too

Staks Rosch | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Staks Rosch

You seem bewildered by the amount of hate mail you received from atheists, agnostics and Humanists as a result of your comments. Let me be clear here: I don't think anyone should threaten you for your opinions, no matter how hateful they are -- and they are hateful.

Atheists Ignore Islamophobia At Their Peril

Chris Stedman | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Chris Stedman

If too many are only willing to stand up against hate directed at ourselves and other members of our community, then we are not truly against hate or for social justice--we are merely for ourselves.

Isaac Was A Hurricane, Not The Manifest Judgement Of An Angry Deity

Teo Bishop | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Teo Bishop

To say there is a supernatural being that wishes to do you harm if you do not behave correctly, is to make our gods into abusive parents, or unapproachable, unappeasable authority figures.

The Power -- And Study -- Of Myth

David Kudler | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
David Kudler

Taught under the various umbrellas of history, anthropology, literature, philosophy, folklore, religion, psychology and other disciplines, mythology is rarely recognized as its own field. To date, only one school offers a graduate program in Mythological Studies.

Life's A Movie; Enjoy The Show

Staks Rosch | Posted 09.06.2012 | Religion
Staks Rosch

People often get so bogged down with the nitty-gritty of life that we often forget to stop and look around. We are moving so fast, that we forget where we are going.

What Does It Mean To Be A Secular Jew?

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 09.05.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

According to an important 2001 survey, 44 percent of American Jews by religion claimed to be "secular," or "somewhat secular." Having studied the phenomenon for years, let me propose a good way to figure this all out.

How A Muslim Introduced Me To Humanism

Chris Stedman | Posted 08.22.2012 | Religion
Chris Stedman

The positive orientation of my Humanism allowed me to frame the world through a constructive lens, celebrated the good in everyone and encouraged me to act with lov and compassion whenever possible.

Evolving Gallup's Poll On Evolution

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 08.04.2012 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

Once again, Gallup has polled Americans on the question of human origins. Once again, the biased wording of the three belief statements on the menu of choices forces respondents into camps that do not reflect the views of many Americans.

Remembering Annemarie Roeper

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.17.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

If her name doesn't ring a bell, it will. Annemarie Bondy Roeper and her husband George opened an early childhood program in Detroit in 1941, and later moved the school to the Detroit suburbs.

The Equal Rights Amendment Finally Arrives

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

If America wishes to serve as an international example of liberty and just governance, we must ensure that all citizens are afforded the same rights and that institutionalized discrimination is made illegal.

PHOTOS: Atheists Rally On National Mall For Political Change

Posted 05.24.2012 | Religion

By KIMBERLY WINSTON c. 2012 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Atheists and nonbelievers gathered on the National Mall Saturday (March 24) in ...

Intellectual Diplomacy: Deflating a Buzz Word

John Brown | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
John Brown

"Strategic intellectual competitiveness?" What does that jaw-breaker have to do with the pleasures of the mind -- or, indeed, with our new supposedly collaborative, interconnected new world of the 21st century?

"Everyone Is Called to One Common Human Vocation -- That of Being a Good Citizen and a Thoughtful Human Being..."

Lydia Fisher | Posted 03.05.2012 | Business
Lydia Fisher

Too old-fashioned? Or, is there a take-away here? Well, let's take a look.

The Problem With 'Atheist Activism'

Chris Stedman | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
Chris Stedman

Criticism of religious beliefs isn't a new thing; its legacy is as long as the existence of religion itself, and it rests of the backs of outspoken religious leaders like Martin Luther, Mahatma Gandhi, MLK and even the biblical Jesus Christ.

'War on Christmas' Soldiers Have No Foe

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

The main target of this effort by the religious right is not an enemy looking to eliminate Christmas, as a word or a holiday. The real target is their existing audience of supporters.

Atheists Get Into The Holiday Spirit

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.23.2012 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Imagine if we were all able to treat our neighbors with the same kind of patience and love that we show once a year. It shouldn't matter who you are and what you believe.

Why We're Announcing Two Atheist-Led Initiatives at Park51 Islamic Center

Chris Stedman | Posted 01.14.2012 | Religion
Chris Stedman

This idea that nonreligious people do not gather, both as a moral community and in cooperation with the religious, is entirely without merit.

Choosing Faith Over Freedom

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.05.2012 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Government sponsorship of religion runs afoul of the First Amendment and should be strongly rejected by our legislature and our judicial system.

Church Or Jail Is No Option

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 11.27.2011 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

No American should have to choose between invalidating their personal beliefs and going to jail. This choice is inhumane and discriminatory in addition to being unconstitutional.

The Humanist Case Against Capital Punishment

John Shook, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion
John Shook, Ph.D.

Humanism stands for valuing the lives of all, individual human rights, justice for everyone, and government that defends all of its people. These grounds alone are sufficient for abolishing the death penalty.

One Nation, Under Pluralism

Chris Stedman | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion
Chris Stedman

September 11th, 2001 was a wake-up call to be more aware of what occurred outside of my own context -- to listen more, to learn more, and to love more.

Secularists Celebrate Dr. King Too

John Shook, Ph.D. | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
John Shook, Ph.D.

Are there any atheists who would apply common criticisms against religion to Dr. King? Was his prophetic vision of universal love just a matter of regrettable brain misfirings?