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

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.15.2014 | 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 08.27.2014 | 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 08.21.2014 | 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 08.03.2014 | 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?

Nelson Mandela: The Greatest Spiritual Leader of Our Time

Lorna Byrne | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

Nelson Mandela is the greatest spiritual leader of our time. He always listened to God and did everything God asked him. He has been able to change the world because of his deep belief and trust in God. This level of faith is exceedingly rare.

Constitutional Freedoms and Defining Religion

Steven Ramey | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Steven Ramey

Whether you accept a particular revelation as true or consider a ritual institution to be divinely demanded, the category "religion" is a human construction with a shifting meaning that people use strategically to make sense of the world and to negotiate relations to others in society.

Godless America: The New Religious-less Reality

Staks Rosch | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Staks Rosch

People are starting to think critically about the beliefs they have been indoctrinated to believe and they are leaving their religions behind.

Religion as Politics

Kelly James Clark | Posted 10.07.2012 | World
Kelly James Clark

Perhaps religion is not on the radar of secular, Western liberals. Who knows? But religion is just as much a part of the political around the world as morality and economics.

Reflections on the Earnest "Pursuit of Happiness"

Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen

When you consider that the founding fathers of our country tried to provide us with the means for the actual separation between church and state, you ...

5 Religious Concepts That Atheists Can Use

Alain de Botton | Posted 05.02.2012 | Religion
Alain de Botton

In a world beset by fundamentalists of believing and secular varieties, it must be possible to balance a rejection of religious faith with a selective reverence for religious rituals and concepts.

Awaiting The Advent Of American Ambivalence

Carol Smaldino | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
Carol Smaldino

Standing for religious liberty as well as the freedom to question and even refuse religion as an absolute or inevitable path often "ordained" at birth, is not always a symptom of being radical or even a rebel by nature.

War Is Over. What Next?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To mark the milestone of the last American troops to leave Iraq, I'd like to take a wider view and look at the entire region, post-Saddam and post-Arab Spring.

Religious Right and Politics -- From Iowa to Cairo

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 02.15.2012 | World
Parvez Ahmed

The nexus between politics and religion has been on the rise globally for quite some time now. It is an irony that it is the religious right in each country that often expresses the most misgivings about the rise of the religious right in other countries.

Choosing Faith Over Freedom

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.05.2012 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Government sponsorship of religion runs afoul of the First Amendment and should be strongly rejected by our legislature and our judicial system.

The Effect On Faith Of Being Smarter Than A Fifth-Grader

David Briggs | Posted 10.19.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

Scholars agree further study is needed, but so far, the latest research indicates those who assume religion will slowly wind down as higher education rates increase are mistaken.