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Why Thanking God is Hurtful

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Gratitude is something we should demonstrate to those we believe responsible for helping us in our time of need, but we should remember to express our gratitude in a way that doesn't hurt those that are still suffering.

Do Bacteria Go to Heaven?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Pet owners are rejoicing, and indeed even a nonbeliever like me finds it charming. Still, I worry: does His Holiness include bacteria? He had better, because bacteria are part of who we are -- a big part.

Dementia 101: Neurocognitive Disorder is the New Dementia

Kyrié Sue Carpenter | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Kyrié Sue Carpenter

I want to be clear; I know and see daily the challenges and suffering dementia can bring. I also know and see daily the beautiful joys and learning it can bring, to those experiencing it and those that care for them. Can we have a perspective on dementia that holds both the challenges and the joys? They are not mutually exclusive.

A War on Reason, Not on Christmas

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

With the same predictability and inevitability of a House vote to abolish Obamacare, Bill O'Reilly yet again has declared his false war on the faux war on Christmas.

Where Is the Faith?

Rumni Saha | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Rumni Saha

I must confess that I greatly envy those who are able to hold on to their faith firmly no matter what may come. I want to believe; yet can't especially in the light of recent tragedies. Where is that just and loving being that has the power to love me in this life and the next? Where is my faith?

10 Commandments For Atheists

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion

STANFORD, Calif. (RNS) An atheist, a humanist and an agnostic walk into a restaurant. The hostess says, “Table for one?” An old joke, yes, b...

Get Ready for the Craziest Senate in Years

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

The recent midterm elections were downright scary for atheist and humanist Americans, as we saw several political candidates allied with the Religious Right win seats in the U.S. Senate and House.

U.S. Navy Faces Lawsuit Over Rejection Of Humanist Chaplain

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 11.09.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Oxford-educated man who unsuccessfully sought to be the Navy’s first humanist chaplain is suing the Pentagon, claiming unconsti...

Praise the Lord or Praise the Person?

Myisha Cherry | Posted 12.09.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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.