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...]

National Leader Condemns Humanism, Secularism, Human Rights

A Christian prime minister came out bluntly in a speech last week and condemned humanism, secularism and human rights as a threat to the religious-based morality that is so important for maintaining national cohesion and stability. … [Read more...]

Almost a Million Dollars Raised for Blood Cancer Research

One of the great things about being the media relations coordinator for the Foundation Beyond Belief is getting to send out press releases about amazing accomplishments. For the last two years, FBB has worked with Todd Stiefel and dozens of local groups all over the country to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. And I'm thrilled to announce that we -- you -- raised almost a million dollars in the first two years of that effort. … [Read more...]

Help the Kids of a Murdered Atheist

A while back I saw some references to a woman who was killed in a shocking act of domestic violence on the Facebook pages of some of my friends. I think she was even from Michigan. I'm ashamed to say I didn't pay much attention to it at the time. But Greta Christina writes about this tragedy and a college fund set up for her three children. I just donated to it and I hope that those who can afford it will do the same. … [Read more...]

Human Rights Activist Killed in Pakistan

A human rights activist and attorney who defends those accused of blasphemy in Pakistan was killed by two gunmen in the city of Multan. Rashid Rehman Khan was one of the most prominent human rights activists in the country and his murder reveals just how horrible the situation is there. … [Read more...]

What the Hell, Orlando Sentinel?

I sent out a press release for the Week of Action, which is taking place right now, and was happy to see that the Orlando Sentinel picked up on it and published an article about it. But very oddly, they decided to put a video on top of the story about American Atheists suing over the World Trade Center cross. What on earth does that have to do with the Week of Action or the Foundation Beyond Belief? It's like they're intentionally trying to discredit us with a totally unrelated video that they … [Read more...]

What Nietzsche Has to Teach Us About Atheism and Humanism

On Thursday evening I sat in on one of Dan Fincke's online courses on Nietzche, during which time we read part of Thus Spake Zarathustra. It was a very interesting couple hours and I learned much. I had never read Nietzsche before and only really knew of him from reading H.L. Mencken and I was struck by how similar their views were on a great many subjects. Dan is a terrific teacher, offering insights into the text that had missed me completely several times. And this passage from the book … [Read more...]

Military Personnel Can Officially be Humanist

In the military, each soldier is allowed to specify a religious identification on their dog tags and in official records, but their choices are limited to a list of approved designations. For a long time, one could only identify as "no religious preference" if they were an atheist or humanist, but that is finally changing. … [Read more...]

Stories From the Pathfinders

One of the things I'm most excited about for the upcoming Humanism at Work conference is talking to the Pathfinders who have been traveling the world helping people for the past year. I want to hear their stories and learn from their experiences, some of which Wendy Webber has recounted in the latest issue of The Humanist. … [Read more...]

Dan Fincke on Humanist Charity

Dan Fincke has a great essay on the importance of organized humanist charity, with a special shout out to the Foundation Beyond Belief and the Humanism at Work conference I'm organizing for July in Chicago. As usual, he expresses my position with far more depth and eloquence than I could ever do. … [Read more...]