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Ahh, the 'War on Christmas'

Anthony Biglan | Posted 11.30.2015 | Media
Anthony Biglan

The "War on Christmas" agitation is quite contrary to the spirit of Christmas that I learned as a child and still hold dear. In The Nurture Effect I write about how we can build caring relationships with others and how fundamental doing so is to evolving a more nurturing society.

More "Nones?" No Surprise There!

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 11.13.2015 | Religion
Margaret Placentra Johnston

Pew Research recently reported their findings that religious "nones" are not only growing, they are becoming more secular. This should come as no surprise.

Why Are Religious Children Mean?

Cindy Brandt | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

We Christians should turn our attention to the log in our own eyes and examine how we could do better--how we can raise our children with more kindness and generosity.

Religion Is Not to Blame

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Soumaya Ghannoushi

To say that religion is divisive is to attempt no analysis of the problems at hand. It is to stop at the surface making no effort to dig deeper for the underlying problems seething underneath.

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.

The 30 Least Religious Cities In The United States

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.09.2015 | Religion

In Portland, Oregon, a whopping 42 percent of the population identifies as religiously unaffiliated. New analysis from the the Public Religion Re...

Is it Time for Fast Track Atheist Security Checks at Airports?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Weird News
Zoltan Istvan

I can't help but wonder if I really have to wait in hour-plus lines since no atheist--so far as I can discover--has ever been accused of bombing or highjacking a plane.

Bad for the Jews, Bad for America

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Sandy Goodman

The American Jewish community is coming apart at the seams. Its vital center is collapsing, and the entire group is increasingly polarized by runaway growth at both extremes: religious fundamentalism on one end, secular non-belief on the other.

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.

Can Atheists Be Elected?

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Krattenmaker

Candidates have to at least feign some religiosity to qualify for prominent political office, despite our Constitution forbidding religion tests of this sort. Atheism and related forms of non-belief are about the worst thing a candidate can be associated with.

Being #OpenlySecular Is the First Step To Eliminating the Stigma

Richard Dawkins | Posted 11.20.2014 | World
Richard Dawkins

The Openly Secular coalition hopes to eliminate the social costs of coming forward. It is lamentable that people fear they are risking their jobs, businesses and personal relationships, simply through being true to who they are.

Some Atheists and Transhumanists are Asking: Should it be Illegal to Indoctrinate Kids With Religion?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

A reasonable society should not have to indoctrinate its children; its children should discover and choose religious paths for themselves when they become adults, if they are to choose one at all.

When 'Mixed Marriage' Means Secular and Religious: In Faith and In Doubt

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 10.27.2014 | Religion
Susan Katz Miller

I often argue that every marriage is mixed, since no two individuals share identical beliefs or practices. If that is so, then all our children are lucky, as long as we provide them with interfaith literacy, and encourage them to wrestle with big questions.

Banning Burqas and Niqabs in Europe: The Politics of Full-Face Veiling

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Nancy Graham Holm

Progressive Muslims of both genders oppose a ban but most agree that it is a women's issue that relates to empowerment and agency.

Federally Funded Discrimination -- Did Obama Go Far Enough?

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

Religious organizations receiving federal contracts can no longer discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Some question whether President Obama has gone too far. Others question whether he has gone far enough.

Atheist Invocation In Town Meeting Speaks To Shared American Identity

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion

Town board of Greece, New York had a change of pace on Tuesday when atheist Dan Courtney delivered the meeting's opening invocation, referencing the F...

Why Are the Openly Secular Openly Disdained?

Robyn Blumner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Robyn Blumner

The trait people identified as the least desirable in a president: "Atheist." 53 percent of Americans said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who is an atheist. It beat out pot-smoker and adulterer.

Finally, a Cultural Melting Pot Too Hot for Religious Fundamentalism

Jessica Joseph | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion
Jessica Joseph

What protects American freedom is exactly the same thing that protects our freedom in sweet T&T-- a brilliantly worded secular constitution, keeping the cultural black hole that is absolutist, supremacist religious/political fundamentalism from swallowing up the rainbow.

The Struggle Against a Theocratic America

Dan Arel | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Dan Arel

Let's take a moment and celebrate, this is a victory for equality and another fight lost by the Christian Right. Yet this fight is far from over. Many other states are attempting to pass similar measures, some even harsher than Arizona's.

Atheist, Humanist, Secular: Why Fight Over Labels?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Demanding that people identify only as atheist limits the ability of individuals to truly express not only what they don't believe in, but what they do believe in.

Atheist Group Sends 'Freethought' Books To Prisoners As Alternative To Religion

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

(RNS) Leslie Zukor was a 20-year-old student at Reed College studying prison rehabilitation programs when something jumped out at her. While there ...

"The World Would Be a Better Place Without Religion" -- A Sentiment Common on College Campuses

Nick Sexton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Nick Sexton

It's important to remember that even though someone might identify as part of a certain religion, it does not mean that he or she has to accept everything that the religion's figurehead espouses.

New 'Safe Zones' Drive Signals Growing Push for Secular Inclusion

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

New on the high school and college landscape as the academic year begins: "safe zones" for non-religious students who are fed up with going along to get along with the religiosity that prevails on many campuses, and with the harassment that sometimes awaits those who reveal their secular stripes.

Six Types Of Non-Believers And Other Surprising Facts From Atheism Study

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion

Researchers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga report that atheists are just as heterogenous of a group as people of faith, in a study done...

The New Secular Strategy

Victor Stenger | Posted 09.08.2013 | Science
Victor Stenger

Rather than protest the religious displays, which has not met with much success anyway, the new strategy is, "If you can't beat them, join them." It seems to be working. If public spaces are to be open forums and all voices are heard, then how can anyone complain?