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Praise the Lord or Praise the Person?

Myisha Cherry | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion
Myisha Cherry

The next time you leave your door unlocked and no one breaks in, the next time someone buys you a gift, or the next time someone does something nice for you, I'm not telling you not to thank God (if thanking God is what you do), I'm simply suggesting that people are also worthy of praise.

What Happened When Tony Campolo's Son 'Came Out' As Humanist

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Bart Campolo decided he was no longer a Christian after being injured in a bike accident in 2011. But he waited until last Thanksgiving to break...

The Devil in The Disagreement: Lynching in Lieu of Listening

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Differing opinions about eating well seem a very strange reason to form lynch mobs, but something very much like that goes on all the time.

The Unnatural Cycle of Prejudice and Violence

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

This ignorance-based prejudice doesn't arise from nothing, but is taught by the previous generation and frequently accepted (just like faith) without evidence by those that follow.

Burning Man, Davos, and the Power of One

Taro Gold | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Taro Gold

My experiences with Burning Man and Davos have convinced me that the members of both carry essentially the same spirit to foster peace, culture, and education in our respective nations and local communities.

Lessons Learned from the Atheist Alliance of America Convention

Andreea Nica | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion
Andreea Nica

While I don't entirely consider myself an atheist, I was thoroughly impressed with the caliber of speakers and activists in the atheist community. I realized how important the atheist movement is to challenging systematic ideologies in the political, social, economic and religious realm.

Pray to Jesus -- Or Else

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

I applaud those who retain the strength to fight the never-ending battle against ignorance, intolerance and persistent persecution of rationalists. T...

Judith Frank: Choosing Life

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 10.06.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In All I Love and Know, Judith Frank presents a family that, though scarred and scared, overcomes division and distrust to create their own kind of unity.

War on Christianity?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

There is no American war on Christianity and masquerading the fight for religious imposition as a fight to protect Christians from this fabricated war is offensive to those truly suffering prejudice and persecution.

Religion's Connection to the End Times

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The fatalistic belief in the end of humanity, most often because of our sins or lack of virtue, is as frightening as it is harmful. If we believe that no matter what we do, the majority of us will perish in some reign of heavenly or demonic fire, what is our motivation to plan for our collective future?

The Faux Faith of Congress

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

As some Americans admit that the religious beliefs of a candidate impact their vote, many politicians see no downside to embellishing the importance of their faith and engaging in religious preferentialism.

Navy Chaplains Obstruct Religious Liberty

Tom Carpenter | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Just last month, the Navy Chief of Chaplains rejected the application of Jason Heap, a highly qualified chaplain candidate who would have been the first Humanist military chaplain.

Twisting Religious Liberty Into Religious Discrimination

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

When I spoke at a Capitol Hill briefing on the subject yesterday, I pointed out that if Hobby Lobby's attempt to distort religious liberty into a discrimination weapon is successful, it may have massive implications on the U.S. labor market and for religious rights in general.

Navy Rejects Request For First Humanist Chaplain

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

(RNS) After the Army recently permitted “humanist” as a religious preference, many hoped a humanist chaplain might follow. But the Navy last we...

Breaking Up With Jesus

Brett Gallaher | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

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.

Atheist TV Coming Soon To A Screen Near You

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 05.08.2014 | Religion

STANFORD, Calif. (RNS) Move over, Christian televangelists. Atheism is coming to television. Speaking at a gathering of local atheists, humanists, ...

Religion Not Needed to Cope With Death

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Roy Speckhardt

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.

U.S. Army Welcomes A New Religious Category

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 04.23.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than two years after first making his request, Army Maj. Ray Bradley can now be known as exactly what he is: a humanist in the U...

Joe Maddon: A Model for Coaches at All Levels

Ken Reed | Posted 06.21.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

Joe Maddon doesn't believe in a long list of draconian rules. In fact, he has only two rules for his players: 1) Run hard to first base (play hard); and 2) Have fun.

Why I Don't Grieve For Fred Phelps

Walker Bristol | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion
Walker Bristol

My spirituality demands that I be critical of my ego and critical of my anger. It is suspiciously easy to react to the elimination of a hateful force like Fred Phelps with love, rather than mockery and resentment. But there is so much space between.

Religions Can Criticize Each Other, so Why Isn't It OK for Atheists to Criticize Religion?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

When religious leaders perpetuate a double standard that paints humanists as outliers, they do a disservice to all.

Disbelief Doesn't Cure Discrimination

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 04.27.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Humanists and other secular-minded people of every level need to understand that "isms" like sexism and racism don't go away just because we identify as atheists or humanists. We need to unpack our privileges and cultural baggage in order to stop discriminatory behavior.

Humanists Launch 'Godless Media Hub' As Landing Place For All Things Non-Religious

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

The American Humanist Association, a nonprofit advocacy group, launched the “Godless media hub” TheHumanist.com on Wednesday aimed at providing no...

Catholic Hospital Receptionist Makes Shocking Remark To Atheist Couple

Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion

An Oklahoma Reddit user (chuckyourface) shared a shocking story of comments allegedly made by a receptionist at Ardmore Mercy Memorial hospital, who t...

In Memory Of Tom Ferrick: America's First Atheist Chaplain Died

Greg M. Epstein | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Greg M. Epstein

My old boss and mentor, the world's first ever avowed atheist to become a university chaplain, died recently