In Scotland, Humanist Weddings Are Overtaking Religious Ones

The Registrar General for Scotland, George MacKenzie, just released a fascinating report on births, deaths, and marriages in 2011 (PDF). It turns out civil ceremonies — conducted by local government officials — made up 52% of all ceremonies last year, up from 31% in 1971. Humanist celebrants conducted 2,486 marriages last year compared to 5,557 [Read More…]

Touchdown Jesus Will Soon Be Replaced by Hug Me Jesus

In June, 2010, the Touchdown Jesus statue in Monroe, Ohio burned down: There’s good news, though, for lovers of Jesus statues. In a couple of months, you’ll be seeing a replacement: The new statue created by Cincinnati native Tom Tsuchiya is called “Lux Mundi” or “Light of the World.” The original statue the “King of [Read More…]

Sam Harris on Internet Trolls

We all handle Internet trolls differently. I usually don’t engage with people trying to get a rise out of me — in the comments below, on Twitter, whatever — unless I think the topic needs addressing. I usually don’t post about them on this site because there are more pressing/interesting issues to write about when [Read More…]

To Anyone Who Thinks We’re Intolerant of the Anti-Gay Side…

The Religious Right loves to say that liberals are intolerant of their bigotry: “Unfortunately, their response is typical of intolerant homosexual activists,” [Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver] continued. “They will go to any lengths to silence the majority of Americans who believe that children do best when raised in a natural family with one mom and [Read More…]

Virginia Tech Now Offers Funding for Religious Groups

Most colleges have a policy when it comes to funding student groups: You have to be a registered student organization in order to get any money. Once you’re officially registered (whatever that requires), you have access to grants, free meeting space, the ability to advertise, etc. Virginia Tech had a different policy for religious groups, [Read More…]