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Religion's Connection to the End Times

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 07.14.2014 | 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 06.27.2014 | 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 06.16.2014 | 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 06.13.2014 | 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

Don't Call Me a Humanist

Chris Sosa | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Chris Sosa

Growing up in the Evangelical Christian tradition, I was repeatedly warned of the threat posed by "secular Humanism." Despite the reflexive irony of the criticism when considering the source, I'm inclined to agree with the overall assessment. Being an atheist does not make me a Humanist by default.

An End to Arrogant Atheism

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

When critique becomes belittling, when poking fun becomes ridiculing, the respect that is the foundation for any meaningful conversation is lost.

The True Meaning of Christmas

Staks Rosch | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Staks Rosch

Jesus obviously isn't the reason for the season. So what is? Many atheists joke that the reason for the season is the tilt of the Earth's axis. That's funny and all, but it only goes one level deeper than the Christian view. Here is the godless honest truth.

Being a Thankful Atheist

Staks Rosch | Posted 01.27.2014 | Science
Staks Rosch

Thanksgiving is a holiday in which people are expected to give thanks, but who should we give thanks to?

War Memorials Should Honor All That Serve

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

While evangelical Christians are some of the loudest supporters of our troops, many of their leaders want to ignore or marginalize the sacrifices of minority religious and non-religious service members who fought on behalf of this country.

Is it Unethical to Hide Your Nonbelief?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Considering the shared aim among nonbelievers to doggedly pursue the truth regarding humanity, the nature of the universe, and everything in it, there is understandably a high ethical standard for humanists and other nontheists to which they hold themselves.

Feeling Syria

Phil Wolfson, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Phil Wolfson, MD

The wail came from his scorched mouth, "Why do they bomb children at school?" In torment from the burns, the crushed shoulders and neck, remarkably, ...

Expedition Mentality - Rehumanizing Your Approach

Crawford Hill | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Crawford Hill

Our kinds of expeditions are about creating a comfortable environment even in challenging conditions - whether those conditions be physical, social or emotional. They are about probing far beyond the superficial level of virtually all ecotourism and creating opportunities for eco-immersion.

Can't We All Just Leave Porn Alone?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 10.21.2013 | Media
Roy Speckhardt

While the religious right's attempts to ban porn in America may be stalled for the moment, the fight to ban pornography recently made inroads across the pond.