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Secularism

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

David Briggs | Posted 04.14.2014 | 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 04.05.2014 | 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 04.02.2014 | 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 03.21.2014 | 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 02.28.2014 | 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.

Fire in the Pews: Pentecostal-Catholic Competition Reviving Religion in Latin America

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Greater attendance at Mass. The flowering of a Catholic charismatic movement with lay leadership and culturally sensitive worship that also shares the Pentecostal commitment to evangelism. And a revered global leader emerging from its ranks.

Atheist Grandfather Wants Grandchildren To 'Enjoy Life Now,' Because 'There Is No Afterlife'

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

Wayne Hensler, an atheist farmer in his mid-80s, has purchased an atheist-themed billboard in Janesville, Wis. as a “legacy for [his] grandchildren....

Quebec's Charter of No Values Jeopardizes Only the Christian Cross

T. Sher Singh | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

In it's desperate clawing for political power, Quebec's separatist party -- the Parti Quebecois -- has turned to toying with its citizens' fundamental rights and freedoms with the hope that it will polarize the electorate ... in the party's favour.

Is The 'Charter Of Quebec Values' Xenophobic?

Religion News Service | Ron Csillag | Posted 09.13.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Quebec’s government this week introduced its much-discussed Charter of Quebec Values, which would ban “overt and conspicuous” religious sy...

The Role of Religious Ethics in Public Policy

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

We have to get beyond the 'religion or secularism' dichotomy regarding moral values and to do so some basic points need to be made.

WATCH: Black Women Speak Openly About Identifying As Atheists

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.01.2013 | Black Voices

Religious skepticism isn't new to black America. But in recent years, more blacks are identifying as secularist. On HuffPost Live Wednesday, a gro...

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.