How Growing Non-belief is Changing Funeral Rituals

Simon Davis has an interesting article at Religion News Service about how the growing number of non-religious Americans is changing our typical funeral rituals. In particular, it has increased the number of people being cremated to the point where more people are cremated than buried. The article starts with the story of Jim Underdown, director of CFI-Los Angeles, and his father's funeral. … [Read more...]

Yes, Some People Should Be Shunned

As is usually the case, Greta Christina says what I've either said or wanted to say much more eloquently than I could. Following up on my post about the appalling behavior of the "Amazing Atheist" and the equally appalling defenses of that behavior being offered, she makes the case for shunning. … [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...]

Another Moronic Claim that Atheists Don’t Exist

Alex Kocman, writing at Matt Barber's wayward home for clueless dumbasses, seizes on a recent Science 2.0 article that is barely any better to claim that "atheists may not exist." Funny, I'm pretty sure I exist and I'm pretty sure lots of other atheists do too. I'm sure you'll be shocked to hear that they both articles vastly oversimplify the issue and draw ridiculous conclusions from far more reasonable premises. … [Read more...]

Greta Needs Your Atheist Grief Stories

Greta Christina is already at work on her next book, tentatively titled Grief Beyond Belief: Living With Loss as Atheists and Other Non-Believers, which she is co-writing with Rebecca Hensler, founder of Grief Beyond Belief. If you have stories to share, they might end up in the book. Click here for details. … [Read more...]

Nigerian Atheist Declared Mentally Ill

A Nigerian man has been detained and hospitalized after being declared mentally ill, apparently because he said he didn't believe in God. The International Humanist and Ethical Union is advocating on his behalf and BBC News has the story: … [Read more...]

Anti-Atheist Crackdown Coming in Egypt?

Egypt is hardly known as a haven for religious freedom, even after the military deposed the Muslim Brotherhood leadership. But it appears that things may be about to get worse as the Sisi government prepares for a crackdown on atheists in that country. … [Read more...]

Yes, Please Stop Using the Atheists in Prison Claim

Heina Dadabhoy, who will soon be joining Freethought Blogs, has a thoughtful and important essay at Skepchick explaining why atheists should stop using the "there are very few atheists in prison" argument as a response to claims that religion is morally superior. … [Read more...]

Peter Boghossian: Dismissed From the ‘Adult Table’

I have to agree with Taylor Carr's assessment of Peter Boghossian and his often simpleminded and childish jabs at religion. I think he's an example of exactly what we don't need in atheism, someone who is content with making the lowest common denominator insult rather than the thoughtful criticism. A perfect example is this recent Tweet: … [Read more...]

Values and Mixed Marriages

My friend (and boss) Dale McGowan has a new book coming out in a couple months called In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families. Kimberly Winston interviews him about it. … [Read more...]

CFI Launches ‘Keep Health Care Safe and Secular’ Campaign

The Center for Inquiry has a new campaign called Keep Health Care Safe and Secular that will combat a wide range of anti-scientific influences in medicine, from anti-vaccination lies to homeopathy to faith-based denial of treatment. Here's how they describe the effort: … [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...]