Humanist Crisis Response Raising Funds for Child Refugees

The Foundation Beyond Belief and the American Humanist Association are joining forces for a Humanist Crisis Response to the child refugee crisis at our Southern border. The fundraising campaign will focus on an aspect of the situation that has gotten little attention -- providing attorneys for the immigration hearings each of them will face. … [Read more...]

Why the Rise of Secularism Is a Good Thing

Phil Zuckerman was asked by a journalist if he thinks the growing number of atheists and agnostics and the rise of a sizable secular demographic is a good thing for the country. He gives his answers in a column in Psychology Today and I agree with most of them. … [Read more...]

Humanism at Work Conference Goes Wonderfully

So as most of you probably know, I planned my first conference last weekend, the Humanism at Work conference for the Foundation Beyond Belief. It went far better than I could possibly have hoped and, despite my near-total exhaustion, I am very proud and thrilled about the entire experience. … [Read more...]

I Was on Dutch TV

When I was in Charleston, South Carolina doing my Stand Up Skeptic show a couple months ago, there was a Dutch TV crew that was following around Herb Silverman and they filmed most of my talk. I'm in the video for just a few seconds, doing a joke about the American Family Association selling an artificial burning cross. Here's the full video. … [Read more...]

Huge Victory for Secular Celebrants

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has given us a major victory, ruling in a case brought by CFI Indiana that the state must allow secular celebrants to solemnize marriages along with clergy. The ruling was by a three-judge panel that included two legendary conservative/libertarian legal scholars, Judge Frank Easterbrook and Judge Richard Posner. … [Read more...]

Is Secularism Crowding Out Humanism?

My friend James Croft has a provocative post on his blog arguing that the American humanist movement is focused too much on separation of church and state and not enough on other aspects of humanism that, he believes, will do much more to alleviate human suffering and improve society. … [Read more...]

My Favorite Bible Verse

Valerie Tarico asked a bunch of prominent atheists, including many of my friends, what their favorite verse in the Bible is. There were some good choices, several from Ecclesiastes, unsurprisingly. Hemant Mehta and Dale McGowan chose the same verse from that book: … [Read more...]

The Growing Diversity of the Atheist Movement

Chris Hall has a great article at Alternet about the growing diversity within atheism, both in terms of demographics and in terms of where we focus our attention. I really love some of the quotes in the article from my friends, especially Greta Christina and Jamila Bey. … [Read more...]

MIT May Get Humanist Chaplain Like Harvard and Yale

Chris Stedman, the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard who is now setting up a similar chaplainship at Yale, reports some encouraging progress at MIT, which has removed a traditional prayer from its graduation ceremonies and may soon get their own humanist chaplain. … [Read more...]

Vile Anti-Atheist Political Attack in Tennessee

Heidi Campbell is running for the city commission in Oak Hill, Tennessee on a platform of opposing more commercial development, but her opponents discovered that she's a secular humanist (or at least was part of a secular humanist group on Facebook) and are using that for a vile attack on her. … [Read more...]

Igwe Performs Africa’s First Humanist Wedding

Nigerian humanist leader Leo Igwe, for whom I have booked a two week speaking tour of the United States in July, has performed what he says is the first humanist wedding on the entire continent of Africa. It took place in Ghana, where he has set up refugee camps for the victims of Pentecostal witch-hunting. He explains some of the difficulties: … [Read more...]

Foundation Beyond Belief in the New York Times

As the media relations coordinator for the Foundation Beyond Belief, my job is to get FBB as much media attention as possible. I wish I could take credit for the fact that the New York Times just did a story about FBB and our grant to the Baptist Joint Committee, but I can't. Dale McGowan had spoken to the reporter for another story and I had nothing to do with it. But I'm certainly thrilled with the exposure. The story focuses on our Challenge the Gap grant, which goes to religious-based … [Read more...]