Does Barney Frank Really Deserve to Be ‘Humanist of the Year’?

The American Humanist Association announced last night that former Congressman Barney Frank would receive its 2014 “Humanist of the Year” award:

… In 1987, Frank became the first member of Congress to voluntarily come out as openly gay, and in 2012 he married his longtime partner, becoming the nation’s first congressman in a same-sex marriage while in office.

After sixteen terms in Congress, Frank’s legacy as a champion of civil rights and financial reform, as well as his ability to simplify any issue at hand in a clever and witty way, will be sorely missed.

What the description notably leaves out — even though it’s probably why Frank was chosen to receive this award at all — was that he came out as an atheist this past August. The way in which he did it, though, makes me wonder whether he truly deserves this particular honor.

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Stephen Colbert’s Speech at the Al Smith Dinner

Stephen Colbert was one of the headliners at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner on Thursday night — in honor of the former New York governor and Roman Catholic luminary — and his speech was as entertaining as you would expect it to be:



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Why Oprah Winfrey Should Apologize to Atheists

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the recent controversy where Oprah Winfrey told godless marathon swimmer Diana Nyad that she wasn’t really an atheist because she was awed by the beautiful world around her:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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The Real Game: Is This Evangelist Serious or Acting?

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Hispanic-American Adults Are Less Catholic and More ‘Unaffiliated’ Than Ever Before

A few weeks ago, the Public Religion Research Institute released a report called the “2013 Hispanic Values Survey.”

A new graphic from PRRI released yesterday highlights the big changes: Fewer Catholics and more religiously unaffiliated Hispanics than ever before:



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