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Why I Don't Grieve For Fred Phelps

Walker Bristol | Posted 03.24.2014 | 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 03.17.2014 | 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 02.25.2014 | 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.

Isn't a Humanist Military Chaplain an Oxymoron?

Tom Carpenter | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

Must a military chaplain believe in God? We shall soon find out the answer to that question and it will inform us if the Chaplain Corps truly understands what the Constitution and the Supreme Court say about religious liberty.

Felons Deserve the Right to Vote

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

While most issues hold no common ground between humanists and Christian evangelicals, this one could be an exception to that rule. Many humanists and evangelicals agree that felons have the potential for reform, albeit for different reasons.

No Wedding Bells at the U.S.Naval Academy Main Chapel for This Couple

Tom Carpenter | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

It was not a gay couple nor a lesbian couple who were denied a wedding at the United States Naval Academy Main Chapel (Main Chapel), but a straight one. Why? Simply because they are Humanists.

Why Would Atheists in the Military Want Their Own Chaplains?

Chris Stedman | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Chris Stedman

The debate over humanist chaplains in the military has been heating up recently. Last week, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins offered several of the most common sentiments held by those who oppose the effort to create this resource for nonreligious members of the military.

Why Congress Cannot Bar an Atheist Military Chaplain

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

The military and Congress are sworn to protect the Constitution, which guarantees the free practice of religion. Insisting on belief in God (as if it were self-evident what the word "God" means) is a violation of the religious freedom of those in military service, including chaplains.

Pathfinders Project Seeks to Spread Health and Education to Those in Need

Blake Page | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Blake Page

Studies have reflected that the non-religious are as charitable, and in some instances more charitable, than the religious when it comes to acts of kindness and other forms of donation.

Welcoming Unitarian Universalists Home to Humanism

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.23.2013 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Many UU leaders and quite a few individual congregations have openly moved away from viewing a humanist approach, free from theistic declarations, as the appropriate neutral philosophical place for all UUs to convene. It hasn't gone unnoticed, but the issue rarely gets addressed directly and openly. It's time for that to change.

Want A Secular Wedding? Get In Line

Reuters | Tom Heneghan, | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor (Reuters) - Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed an atheist group to perform weddings this year ...

Inoculating Kids Against Fundamentalism

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

"We have the most amazing creation story any people have ever had," proclaims evolutionary humanist and religious naturalist Connie Barlow in her Apri...

Thomas Jefferson and Our Ancestral Tabbed Browser

Kimann Schultz | Posted 09.10.2013 | Technology
Kimann Schultz

Thomas Jefferson would no doubt have delighted in trying out my Mac and been eager to set up for himself a personal email address, illustrative and concise, in the same way he crafted his own epitaph, text bytes first carved into stone.