How to Hold a Funeral Without God

It’s hard enough dealing with all the grief surrounding anyone’s funeral. But there’s also the unique challenge of keeping religion out of it, if that’s what the family (or deceased) wants. Jane Wynne Willson‘s book Funerals Without God has been around since 1989, but if you haven’t read it before, a new edition is now [Read More...]

Catholic Bishops Think a PR Campaign Will Improve Their Image

How deluded is the Catholic Church? The men in charge of it recently accused nuns who fight poverty (but not gay rights and abortion rights) of promoting “radical feminist themes.” They’ve (wrongly) accused the Girl Scouts of partnering with Planned Parenthood and promoting contraception and abortion. Of course, they’ve argued with President Obama over their [Read More...]

Former Pastor Mike Aus Speaks to Humanists of Houston

You might remember former pastor Mike Aus as the man who went public with his atheism on Up with Chris Hayes the day after the Reason Rally. Aus recently spoke to the Humanists of Houston and video of his talk is now available: As always, if any parts stand out to you, please leave the [Read More...]

Gay, Mormon, and Married… but This Time, It Didn’t Work Out

Maybe you saw the story about the Mormon who is gay but happily married to a woman. Things are working out for them (so they say…) But what happens when you no longer want to suppress your spouse’s sexuality? Ashley is a 36-year-old Mormon who (knowingly) married a gay man, but unlike the other couple, [Read More...]

The Yearly Cost of Religious Tax Exemptions: $71,000,000,000

We know churches get tax exemptions, but how much money does that actually come out to? University of Tampa professor Ryan T. Cragun along with students Stephanie Yeager and Desmond Vega ran some calculations and figured out a number: While some people may be bothered by the fact that there are pastors who live in [Read More...]


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