Circumcision: Do the Health Benefits Outweigh the Genital Mutilation?

Here’s something that won’t be controversial. The American Academy of Pediatrics announced yesterday that “the health benefits of [circumcision] clearly outweigh any risks.” The policy statement can be read here. “The health benefits of male circumcision include a drop in the risk of urinary tract infection in the first year of life by up to [Read More...]

They’re Writing About Jesus and Paying for Fake Five-Star Reviews on Amazon

Alright, I think I may be onto something here. Over the weekend, the New York Times ran an article on authors who paid to get fake five-star book reviews on Amazon (as well as positive reviews on other websites). This is the part that caught Reader Vani‘s attention: [Owner of GettingBookReviews.com Todd] Rutherford’s busiest reviewer [Read More...]

Secular Americans Have a Voice at the Republican National Convention

Once the Republican National Convention gets underway, there will be some representation from the non-theistic side (really!) eager to see if we can actually make inroads into the GOP. Robyn Blumner of the St. Petersburg Times has the brief interview with the Secular Coalition for America’s Executive Director Edwina Rogers: Who is the oddest bedfellow [Read More...]

Another Christian Cross on Public Property, but the AHA is Fighting Back

In Bladensburg, Maryland, there sits a World War I memorial called “Peace Cross.” It’s a 40-foot cross on public property, maintained by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The American Humanist Association is asking the Commission to remove the Christian symbol: “The cross is a Christian symbol, and government should not be in [Read More...]

Todd Stiefel’s Gift to Religion News Service is an Ethical Investment

Different websites are reporting on the fact that philanthropist Todd Stiefel, through his foundation, gave $65,000 to the Religion News Service over the past two years so that they could write stories about the non-theistic movement. Rob Kerby at BeliefNet wonders about the ethics. Billy Hallowell at Glenn Beck‘s site, The Blaze, just takes that [Read More...]


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