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...]

CFI Rescues Bangladeshi Blogger from Muslim Terrorists

The story of Shammi Haque, a remarkable young writer and activist from Bangladesh, is pretty amazing. CFI got her out of her home country and to Germany after threats to her life became very real in the wake of the murder of half a dozen others in that country. Here's her story: … [Read more...]

The Remarkable Growth of Humanist Schools in Uganda

Uganda is in many ways a terrifying country for a lot of people. I'm sure you're aware of the pogroms against LGBT people in that country. But there is also a great deal of hope there because of the growth of humanist schools throughout the country. … [Read more...]

Foundation Beyond Belief Raising Funds for Flood Victims

The Foundation Beyond Belief has launched a fundraising drive to help the victims of the cataclysmic flooding that is taking place in the Southern United States, especially Louisiana. They are also planning to deploy Humanist Disaster Recovery Teams to help people rebuild. … [Read more...]

An Amazing Story from the Humanist Service Corps

The Humanist Service Corps has been in Ghana working in the witch camps for about a year now and they're doing some amazing work there getting medical care and clean water systems in place. Conor Robinson passes on this incredible story of how to help people while being sensitive to longstanding cultural beliefs. … [Read more...]

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...]