Opposing the Invisible Alien Ritual

In Tampa, Florida, the City Council conducts pre-meeting prayers. Not surprisingly, atheists are not happy about this and they want to see the practice stopped. (I’m not sure where non-Christians are, but they have a right to be mad, too. Hell, so do Christians who support church/state separation.) But there’s a right way and a [Read More...]

Ask Richard: My Friend is Considering Becoming a Priest

Greetings Richard, My name is Sophie Francoeur (an alias) and I felt inspired to write to you because of your quality responses that appear on Mehta’s blog. I am writing concerning a friend who is debating whether to join the priesthood. My friend and I have long decided that we would pursue doctoral studies, which [Read More...]

Becoming an Atheist While in a Foxhole

84-year-old Milton Christian received a Bronze Star on Tuesday for his “heroic service” in World War II. It’s a belated honor, but a well-deserved one: From 1943 to 1946 Christian served as a machine gunner with the 29th Infantry Division. He doesn’t consider himself a hero, although his collection of medals tells another story — [Read More...]

Should Humanists Deliver Invocations?

At the Secular Student Alliance website, Andrew Lovley (who delivered a secular message at an inauguration ceremony a couple months ago) argues that Humanists should continue to deliver invocations: Invocations delivered by humanists could stand out from most religious invocations by emphasizing human potential rather than human abasement. The standard religious invocation calls upon a [Read More...]

What Are Notable Atheists Saying About the Tebow Super Bowl Ad?

A few notable atheists are commenting on the Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad at the On Faith blog. Richard Dawkins makes me squirm with the start of his piece, but it gets better if you read the rest of it: I gather that Tim Tebow is extremely good at football. That’s just as well, for [Read More...]