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Secularism

We Spend Lifetimes Striving to Give Love, Create Beauty and Find Peace. Why?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.08.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

A spiritual non-material-based way of life turns out to be the actual way we live no matter what we say we believe. We live by ethics not found in nature and we enrich our lives with art. That says something to me.

An Atheist's (Somewhat) Relaxed View of the Qur'an

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 08.01.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

Objectively, there's no denying that today Islamic extremism poses more of a threat than other types of religious fanaticism. There are complex historical, social, and cultural reasons for this. But this is not a matter of the text of the Qur'an being inherently more susceptible to intolerant interpretations than the Bible.

The Power of Religion to Restrain Conflict

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Even in secular contexts, people of faith can work together to encourage or discourage warfare. As violence has escalated in Israel and Gaza, an international campaign for peace has been launched, involving Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

Burqah Ban, Multiculturalism and Secularism

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Raza Habib Raja

As the globe becomes more cosmopolitan, it becomes even more important to get our balance right. And a correct balance is what underpins liberal secularism.

Religion Has No Answer for Sectarianism

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

The phenomenon of intra-religious strife highlights the key problem with using religious texts and doctrines to address ethical issues in general, and in particular, how we treat other human beings. All holy texts, and the doctrines derived from such texts, are infinitely malleable.

Time to Rethink: Saffron Surge and the Secular Debacle

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

"What appears is not and what does not, is." This ancient saying aptly describes the Indian political scenario. The Congress-led United Progressive Al...

Godzilla vs. Godot

Peter W. Wood | Posted 06.25.2014 | Education
Peter W. Wood

Godot, of course, was no monster, but Godzilla and Godot have more in common than a first syllable. They are the two opposing faces of despair: a god that is pure wrath and a god that never shows up. Both emanate from the devastation of World War II.

Humility, the Religious-Secular Divide and the 'Very Survival of Western Society'

David Briggs | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The idea that there are different forms of belief and unbelief, and that many people are on a common journey to greater understanding, shines through Halik's writing and his work in promoting dialogue among religious and secular individuals.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Putin, Religion and the Second Coming of Fascism

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

It is tempting. But let's dodge a violation of Godwin's Law and instead look at what really matters: the alarming resurgence of religious fascism around the globe.

Behaving Badly? Stop Using Religion as an Excuse!

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

It's not so much that religion makes people do evil, it's that it provides a convenient excuse for nearly anything, and that lowers the bar for committing bad behavior we might otherwise avoid. It's time for non-theist and faithful progressives to unite and stop giving the conservative religion a free pass for prejudice.

Atheist Group's Report Card Flunks Congress, Gives Elizabeth Warren Perfect Score

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

The Secular Coalition for America, a non-theistic advocacy group, flunked Congress in its 2013 Congressional Report Card released Monday, which graded...

The Salvation Army's White-Flag Surrender to Secularism

Dan Arel | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Dan Arel

This week the Salvation Army caved, and a settlement has been reached that upholds the separation of church and state and will no longer allow the organization to hold those they serve or those they employee to any religious standards while receiving taxpayer dollars.

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.

American Exceptionalism and Reality

Michael Drew | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Michael Drew

Do you think we're exceptional, we Americans? You may have heard talk over the years about American exceptionalism, which is a way of considering Ame...

North Carolina High School To Allow Secular Club

Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion

(RNS) A North Carolina high school will allow the formation of a club for nonreligious students after a four-month standoff. The Secular Student Al...

North Carolina High School Denies Student Secular Club

Religious News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 02.14.2014 | Religion

(RNS) A North Carolina high school is facing a legal battle for refusing to allow a club for the nonreligious. According to a letter sent by First ...

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...

A Response to Bill Maher's Comments About God

Morgan Guyton | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

It's OK with me for God to give the fundamentalists a different version of His story if what I've heard from Him simply doesn't work for the way they're wired, but I'll be damned if I'm going to let their gospel be the only one that atheists like Bill Maher get to hear.

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.

France's Burqa Ban Gets New Scrutiny in European Court

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Elizabeth Nicholas

The European Court of Human Rights is considering a case brought by an unnamed Muslim woman who says the French mandate that she remove her veil in public is an infringement on her religious, free speech, and privacy rights.

Middle East's Struggle for Democracy: Going Beyond Headlines

Alp Aslandogan | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Alp Aslandogan

As the Turkish experience shows, democracy is a messy process with a steep learning curve. It sometimes can seem like too much to ask of both governments and the governed to have patience to learn the difference between legitimate democratic opposition and rebellion; enforcement and oppression.

50 Years of Hysteria: Heathen Communist Presidents, Then and Now, in the Minds of the Far Right

Kevin Goodman | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Kevin Goodman

It's obvious that socialism, Marxism, and communism are words with derogatory connotations in the collective mind of the United States; the evil United Socialist Soviet Republic did, after all, influence the bulk of 20th century U.S. rhetoric.

How to Find the Secular at The American Academy of Religion

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

The nonreligious and the secular are a significant part of American society and no discussion of religion and society is complete if secularity is ignored.

"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.