On MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, an Atheist Talks About the Non-Religious Response to the Newtown Massacre

Yesterday, on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry (guest hosted by Joy Reid), one of the guests was friend-of-the-blog Chris Stedman to talk about the importance of including atheists in “interfaith” efforts as well as the problem of religious figures blaming the tragedy on the notion of church/state separation (“You kicked God out of school! No wonder he’s not protecting us!”)…

Chris begins speaking around the 6:30 mark in the first video and 2:11 in the second video: [Read more...]

How Do Atheists Talk to Their Children About Death?

In periods following great tragedy, like we saw at Newtown, churches provide a lot of comfort, albeit with their wishful statements that the victims are in a better place or that this was all part of God’s plan.

Atheists don’t have the luxury of false hope. But that makes it hard to cope with loss. It’s even harder when you’re trying to explain death to children without invoking the supernatural.

The Washington Post‘s Michelle Boorstein explores that very problem: [Read more...]

Stanford’s Humanist Chaplain Gets Positive Press

It’s been about two months since John Figdor was announced as Chaplain of the new Humanist Community at Stanford:

This weekend, he’s getting some positive attention from the San Francisco Chronicle: [Read more...]

Headaches Are a Sign from God…

(via Toothpaste for Dinner) [Read more...]

Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Finally Coming to Their Senses About Blood Transfusions?

Most religious beliefs aren’t matters of life and death. You might waste your time praying to a god. You might have to eat a tasteless communion wafer sometimes. Even accepting Creationism just prevents you from understanding the beauty of science. But that’s usually the worst of it.

Jehovah’s Witnesses, on the other hand, hold a belief that makes no sense and has led to multiple deaths: They refuse to undergo blood transfusions even if it means saving their own lives, a belief that stems from irresponsible interpretations of the Bible. It’s especially disgusting when the children of JW parents are the ones who are suffering and their parents would rather see their kids die than have the life-saving procedure done.

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