Dear Mick Mulvaney: Meals on Wheels Works Very Well

At an astonishingly cruel and irrational press conference the other day, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney argued that getting rid of Meals on Wheels was the compassionate thing to do because taxpayers had to pay for a program that was "just not showing any results." … [Read more...]

Trump Wants to Cut Funding for UN Programs

Always the fiscally responsible one, Donald Trump wants to cut the measly $10 billion (out of a ~$4 trillion budget, or 1/4 of one-thousandth of the budget) the U.S. spends on the United Nations, almost all of which will come out of important commitments to world peace and well-being. … [Read more...]

Center for Inquiry Condemns Anti-Muslim Immigration Order

The Center for Inquiry put out a statement unequivocally condemning Trump's anti-Muslim immigration order, calling it an "act of cruelty" that illegally engages in discrimination. I particularly like what my friend Michael De Dora has to say: … [Read more...]

Twenty Years of Humanism in Nigeria

This is a guest post by my friend Leo Igwe, a tireless activist for humanism and against the many barbarities of religion in his native Nigeria and all of Africa. In it, he celebrates twenty years of the Nigeria Humanist Movement, which he founded, and the good that it has done. … [Read more...]

Tampa Still Arresting People for Feeding the Homeless

Along with several other cities in Florida, Tampa has a longstanding habit of arresting activists who feed homeless people in public parks. This time it was members of the group Peace Not Bombs who committed the "crime" of showing compassion to those who need it. … [Read more...]

Please Support the Official Foundation Beyond Belief Podcast

The Foundation Beyond Belief, a group that my readers know is very, very important to me, now has an official podcast, the Humanist Experience. The podcast, hosted by Evan Clark and Serah Blain, travels the country bringing you the stories of humanist activists putting their principles into action. … [Read more...]

CFI Wins Secular Celebrant Lawsuit in Illinois

A federal judge has ruled that the state of Illinois must allow humanist secular celebrants to solemnize marriages in a lawsuit in which the plaintiff was friend and fellow Patheos blogger Galen Broaddus. I'm still baffled as to why Illinois fought the case in the first place. … [Read more...]

Yes, Humanists Should Partner with Black Lives Matter

When I was on my Texas speaking tour in October, I got to meet Sean Omar Rivera, the leader of the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He impressed the hell out of me. This tireless activist makes the case for why secular humanists should align with Black Lives Matter and similar movements. … [Read more...]

Support Foundation Beyond Belief on Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, when we take a break from the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday and, if we are capable of doing so, donate to an organization working to make our society better. This Giving Tuesday, why not make a donation to Foundation Beyond Belief? … [Read more...]

Bishop Tutu Wants Death With Dignity Worldwide

Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who has done so much to fight for equality and justice both in South Africa and around the world, is now pushing world leaders to pass laws allowing people to have the choice of assisted suicide, or voluntary euthanasia. … [Read more...]

Freethought Emergency Fund Relaunched as Secular Rescue

A year and a half ago, the Center for Inquiry launched the Freethought Emergency Fund as we tried to rescue Taslima Nasrin from her would-be executioners in India. Now, with time to evaluate the program and plan for making it the most effective it can be, they are relaunching it as Secular Rescue. … [Read more...]

Join Me in the Lone Star State

I'm doing a short speaking tour in Texas from Oct. 14-16 and I hope my readers there can join me for those talks, which will take place in Houston, San Antonio and Austin. The talk I'll be giving is called Why Atheism is Not Enough. Details below the fold. … [Read more...]