U.S. Military Finally Approves “Humanism” as an Acceptable Religious Preference for Soldiers

When you join the U.S. military, you can choose to tell them your religious identification. There are more than 100 options — no problem if you’re some type of Christian, as you can see in a snippet of the list below — but the options for non-religious men and women are pretty minimal:

For the non-theists in the military, you can say Atheist, Agnostic, or various degrees of “Other.” If you prefer a label like “Humanist,” because it more appropriately describes what you do believe in rather than what you don’t, you’re out of luck.

Until now, that is.

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I’m Pretty Sure This Child is an Atheist…

I know we like to argue over whether or not babies and toddlers should be considered atheists and I know Richard Dawkins has spoken out against the religious labeling of children, but I think I’ve found a legitimate young atheist:



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A Great Essay: “The Environmental Movement Is Not About Saving the Earth”

I didn’t hear this when it first premiered in 2006, but Lauren Becker‘s audio essay on Earth Day (which is today in case you missed it) is just fantastic:



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A Year After Being Sued for Posting Videos Showing Ergun Caner’s Lies, a Blogger is Vindicated in Court

For several years, Ergun Caner (below), a one-time leader of Liberty University’s theological seminary, told everyone about his tragic background and story of redemption. He said he had grown up in Turkey in a Muslim family, with a polygamist father, and he was trained to do “that which was done on 9/11.” But he later became a Christian and that saved his life!

In truth, he was born in Sweden and immigrated to Ohio when he was two. He was no terrorist-in-training. The crux of his life story was a fiction.

Blogger Jason Smathers has been documenting Caner’s lies for years now… to the point where Caner was removed from his position at Liberty when they were investigating his background.

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New Poll Shows the Effect of Religious Ignorance on Scientific Issues

According to a new survey by GfK Public Affairs for the Associated Press, we’re dumb. Really, really dumb.

While most Americans understand that smoking causes cancer and that a mental illness affects the brain (real stumper, that one), only 53% are confident about childhood vaccines being safe and effective, 31% confidently accept evolution, and even fewer are confident about the age of the Earth and origin of the universe.

There’s actually a striking contradiction on the list. While only 31% of adults accept human evolution, 65% of them accept microevolution (though not in name) in the sense that overusing antibiotics can lead to drug-resistant bacteria. But what is human evolution but a long series of microevolutions?

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