Should the US military be handing out Bibles at recruitment centers?

Writing for The Blaze, editor Billy Hallowell asked if Bibles have a place in the military. I think the answer is yes and no, as I believe if a soldier wishes to bring a Bible with them to boot camp or when deployed that they of course have every right to do so. However the military has no place in handing out Bibles to either new recruits of already enlisted men and women. A letter that The American Humanist Association’s... Read more

Just what you wanted, another atheist blog!

Well hello and welcome to Danthropology! I am very excited to join the team at Patheos and bring my blog to the awesome readers of the site. For those who do not know me, my name is Dan Arel and I am an author and freelance journalist and you will see my work often on AlterNet, Salon and The Huffington Post. My book, Parenting Without God, How to Raise Moral, Ethical and Intelligent Children, Free From Religious Dogma will be... Read more

Did the creation vs. evolution debate hurt science?

It happened. Bill Nye faced off against Ken Ham to discuss evolution versus creation. Though this had been strongly advised against, it carried on as planned. Of course, it should have because the fallout of pulling out a debate would have been worse than the debate itself. So what happened during the debate? Did it hurt evolution? Not at all. Nye presented a powerful and strong case for why the theory of evolution is the best explanation for the diversity... Read more

Bill Nye should not debate Ken Ham; creationists do not deserve the attention

Scientists should not debate creationists. Period. This may sound harsh but let’s start by looking at what sparked this statement. TV personality and science advocate Bill Nye (Bill Nye the Science Guy) has accepted an invitation to debate Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis / The Creation Museum on February 4, 2014, at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. This is a bad idea and here is why. Debating creationists offer their position credibility When you accept a debate, you are... Read more

Pope Francis is TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year for doing nothing at all

On December 11, 2013 TIME Magazine made their year’s big announcement, the Person of the Year. It chose Pope Francis. One must wonder then, if the act of doing nothing is all it takes these days to be a person of the year. Sure the Pope has said some really nice things: Photo: Casa Rosada Atheists can go to heaven. That’s nice, but atheists don’t actually believe in heaven, so really, it’s just a kind gesture. Lets not forget though,... Read more

Transgender acceptance in the atheist community

In the first weekend of June 2013, I attended the American Humanist Conference here in San Diego, CA. On the second night, they awarded journalist and author Greta Christina with the LGBT Humanist Pride Award. Her acceptance speech was amazing. She wowed the crowd with ideas and inspiration to get out and work, and she did speak about what the humanist and atheist movement can learn from the LGBT movement. But she brought up one point that really stuck out... Read more
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