Philly’s New Approach to the Homeless During DNC

Whenever huge events happen in big cities, the city usually tries to sweep the area of all homeless people to preserve the false image of their perfect municipality. But Philadelphia has taken a different approach while hosting the Democratic National Convention this week: … [Read more...]

CFI Files Suit Over Secular Celebrants in Illinois

The Center for Inquiry has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Illinois over its refusal to allow humanist secular celebrants to solemnize weddings. And the plaintiff in the case is none other than fellow Patheos Atheist blogger Galen Broaddus. … [Read more...]

Guest Post by Leo Igwe About Humanism in Africa

This is a guest post by my friend Leo Igwe about the importance of humanism in Africa, especially for young people. There is an upcoming humanist meeting in Kenya, but with the atmosphere there I fear for the safety of those who attend it. … [Read more...]

You Should Go to Women in Secularism 4

The 4th Women in Secularism conference takes place in Alexandria, VA, just outside of Washington, DC, September 23-25. There's a possibility I'm going to be able to go to it and I think you should too, if you're able. I haven't gone to the previous three and I'm really hoping to get there this year. … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Reason Rally: Part Four

Here is the fourth and final video report from the Reason Rally and all the accompanying events. This one focuses on the entertainment at the rally and the camaraderie that enjoying the company of like-minded people helps develop. … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Reason Rally: Part Three

This video is about the Reason Rally itself, focusing on the message that it's important for atheists, agnostics and humanists to have a seat at the table in order to fight for science- and evidence-based public policy. The next video will focus on the entertainment. … [Read more...]

Miami Gets First Endowed Chair in Atheist Studies

This is a very cool development. Louis J. Appignani, the same man who donated the money to create the Appignana Humanist Legal Center at the American Humanist Association, has now endowed a chair in atheist, humanist and secularist studies at the University of Miami. … [Read more...]

Guest Post: A Call for Secular Candidates

This is a guest post by my friend Eric Grimm, who is running for a judicial seat in Muskegon, Michigan. In it, he encourages atheists, agnostics, humanists and freethinkers to start running for local offices, which can then lead to higher offices and actual representation for secular-minded people. … [Read more...]

Foundation Beyond Belief Responds to Ecuador Earthquake

On Saturday, Ecuador was hit by a massive earthquake, 7.8 on the Richter scale. Hundreds have died, thousands are injured and the damage done is enormous. Foundation Beyond Belief is mounting a fund drive to help the people there rebuild by helping organizations that work on the ground there for recovery. … [Read more...]

Jon Stewart’s Documentary About Syrian Refugees

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart is one of the producers of a documentary called After Spring, which looks at life for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in a single camp. They live in tents and have almost nothing. How they maintain hope is beyond my comprehension. Here's the trailer: … [Read more...]

Tony Perkins Prays for Brussels

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council says we have to pray for Belgium after the horrible bombings in Brussels and says, of course, that we "stand with Brussels." It's just a short little piece for BarbWire that is nothing but tired cliches and platitudes. … [Read more...]

Help Those Falsely Accused of Witchcraft

As my readers must know by now, the Humanist Service Corps is working in Ghana in Northern Africa at a "witch camp," essentially a refugee camp for those accused of being witches and exiled from their homes and communities. They're doing some amazing and important work there, but they need to raise funds to complete that work. … [Read more...]


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