Bravo, American Humanist Association

I applaud the American Humanist Association for reaffirming their commitment to social justice activism and especially for naming the Patheos Atheist blogger Sincere Kirabo as their social justice coordinator. He's perfect for job, a guy who perfectly blends passion and reason together in a way most of us struggle to do. … [Read more...]

Is an Indifferent Universe Frightening or Liberating?

My good friend Dale McGowan has an eloquent and inspiring message for Valentine's Day that offers love, romantic or otherwise, as the solution for what he terms the "crushing universal indifference" of a world with no god. And while I certainly agree with him about the importance of love in all its forms, I have a different take on that indifference. … [Read more...]

Sincere Kirabo on the Secular Social Justice Conference

Last weekend was the Secular Social Justice conference in Houston, Texas, and I so wish I'd been there. So many of my friends were there and it sounds like they had an amazing time. Sincere Kirabo was there and he has a long post about some of the panels and the discussion that took place. His introduction: … [Read more...]

Union Plumbers Install Lead Filters in Flint. Free.

Amid the doom and gloom and horror that is the situation in Flint, Michigan, a bit of good news. A plumbing industry trade group donated a bunch of water filters and a group of 300 union plumbers went to Flint over the weekend to install them for free. … [Read more...]

Why Secular is Not Enough in International Service

My friend Conor Robinson, who created the Humanist Service Corps at the Foundation Beyond Belief, has a very important article explaining the difference between an international service program that is merely secular, like the Peace Corps, and one that is based on secular humanism like the HSC. It's a very different approach to help empower local residents rather than fix their problems. … [Read more...]

How My Colon Relates to Privilege, Humanism and Social Justice

On Monday, I had my first colonoscopy. To say it wasn't a pleasant experience is an understatement (the prep was far worse than the actual procedure). Not only did I have to drink some of most vile stuff in existence, I also had to not eat anything for 24 hours. By the time the procedure was done, I was famished and the first thing I did was get something to eat. So what does that have to do with privilege and social justice? … [Read more...]

Foundation Beyond Belief Raising Funds for Tornado Victims

As I'm sure you've heard, and a few of you even lived through, a terrible string of tornadoes hit Texas a few days ago, leaving many people without homes and supplies to survive. Foundation Beyond Belief is raising funds to help local secular groups help local residents. This is not a full-scale Humanist Crisis Response drive, but 100% of the funds donated will go to local groups on the ground helping out. David Smalley and Brandy Madden of Dogma Debate and Secular Media Group are also taking … [Read more...]

It’s Time for Us to Help Sarah Morehead

If you don't know Sarah Morehead, I wish you did. No one has worked more tirelessly to support people in the atheist community through a variety of projects, all on a volunteer basis. She is simply one of the very best people I know. And I don't know how much of this has been made public up to this point, but a couple months ago she found out that her husband had been molesting at least one of their children. And now she needs our help. … [Read more...]

CFI Helps Launch the Know Your Neighbor Project

There was quite an incredible meeting at the White House last week, a summit of sorts of representatives from all the major religions that came together to talk about religious pluralism and launch the Know Your Neighbor project. This project encourages Americans to get to know people of other faiths, and of no faith. My friend Michael De Dora was there to represent the Center for Inquiry and the broader atheist/humanist community. The Catholic News Agency has a well-done report on the event: … [Read more...]

Secular Social Justice Conference Only Six Weeks Away

This year's Secular Social Justice conference will take place at Rice University in Houston, Texas on Jan. 30-31 and it features some tremendous speakers. On the roster are people like Alix Jules, Soraya Chemaly, Heina Dadabhoy, Sincere Kirabo, Anthony Pinn, Sikivu Hutchinson, Monica Miller, Debbie Goddard, and many others. The cost is a ridiculously good $40 ($25 for students). If you can make it to Houston, I would strongly recommend going. … [Read more...]

Interview With Conor Robinson of the Humanist Service Corps

If you don't know who Conor Robinson is, you should. He is the extraordinary young activist who created the Humanist Service Corps. After graduating from Yale, he decided that he didn't just want to go out and get a job, he wanted to do something to change people's lives. He created the Humanist Service Corps, with the help of the Foundation Beyond Belief, and is currently in Ghana with the first class of the HSC working in the witch camps there. This is an interview I did with him: … [Read more...]

All the Ways You Can Help Foundation Beyond Belief Right Now

Today is Giving Tuesday and the wonderful folks at Be Secular, Mark and Shanon Nebo, have put together an auction fundraiser for the Foundation Beyond Belief, the largest and most important humanist service organization in the country. I know you get a lot of fundraising appeals at the end of the year, but if you are in a position to support FBB I strongly encourage you to do so. Here are the ways you can do it: … [Read more...]