Secular Invocation Delivered in Longwood, Florida

On Monday in Longwood, Florida, Martha Kirby delivered a secular invocation during a Commission meeting.



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A New Book Explores How the Religious “Nones” Are Raising Their Children

As the demographics of the U.S. shift away from organized religion, it brings up a lot of questions about how much religion you should have in your life when you’re not all that religious yourself. If you’re a “None” who doesn’t believe in some Higher Power, does it make sense to go to church, even on the major holidays? How should you introduce the topic of religion to your kids?

Atheists have been discussing these questions for a long time, but those answers don’t apply to everyone who isn’t affiliated with a traditional faith.

Those topics are what Christel Manning, a professor at Connecticut’s Sacred Heart University, addresses in her new book Losing Our Religion: How Unaffiliated Parents Are Raising Their Children (NYU Press, 2015).

In the excerpt below, Manning talks about what prompted her to write the book in the first place:

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How Atheists Should (and Shouldn’t) Respond to the Attacks in Paris

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how atheists should (and shouldn’t) respond to the terrorist attacks in Paris:



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How Rick Santorum Would Reach Out to Conservative Atheists

Reader Justin Scott, who previously had a brief exchange with Sen. Bernie Sanders about religion, heard that Sen. Rick Santorum was coming to his area. So of course he had to attend.

And he used the opportunity to ask Santorum, a notoriously conservative Catholic, about atheism.



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Casselberry (FL) City Commissioners Debate Invocation Policy That Specifically Excludes Atheists

The City Commission in Casselberry, Florida has no idea what to do with prayer at meetings. For a while now, they’ve been giving the prayers — which is clearly illegal — and they have to come up with an alternative.

The right answer is: Don’t have them at all and get to work. But that’s not what they want and a discussion about what to do took up quite a bit of their meeting on November 9.

Atheist Joseph Richardson, who recently delivered a non-religious invocation in the city of Apopka, is paying attention to the issue and he told me the Central Florida Freethought Community already sent the commission a warning letter. (Maybe that’s what prompted this discussion in the first place.) And if you listen to their meeting, which Richardson just put online, you realize at least one of the commissioners has no idea what she’s doing.

Richardson was kind enough to timestamp/summarize the relevant parts of the meeting:

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