Setting the Record Straight on Judaism

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield has a list of “12 Things You Didn’t Know About Judaism” up at Beliefnet. I’m waiting for the rebuttal: “10 Things I Hate About Jews.” (Cue rim shot.) Anyway, here’s the non-detailed version of Hirschfield’s article: Judaism isn’t about being Jewish You don’t need to be Jewish to get into Heaven Being [Read More...]

Marcha Atea: “For a Secular Society without Discrimination”

I posted yesterday about an Atheist March in Poland. And now, I learn about an Atheist March in Mexico! It will be held this Sunday in both Mexico City and Guadalajara. Why are they doing it? Here’s a loose translation: The reasons to organize and convene an act of this nature can be summarized in [Read More...]

The Unhelpful Data Found In: “American Nones: Profile of the No Religion Population”

Researchers Barry A. Kosmin and Ariela Keysar released the results of a study called “American Nones: The Profile of the No Religion Population” (PDF). It’s possibly the most frustrating study I’ve come across. It says so much without actually saying anything. It begins with the issue of describing who the Nones are: “The irreligious, the [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist 8th Grader Wants to Confide to Someone in the Family

Update: The letter writer has written a follow-up letter four years later. Dear Richard, I’m in 8th grade and have been “officially” Atheist since the beginning of 7th grade. I think I’ve been subconsciously Atheist since about third grade, though. It was then that I started thinking “How do I know this is true and [Read More...]

ARIS’s ‘American Nones’ and Politics

There are a few interesting thoughts to take from the new ARIS study on American “Nones” (people who aren’t affiliated with a particular religion*).  PZ Myers raised a point, and Hemant is posting his take a little later in the day.  I’ll try not to step on his toes, and focus on chart I found [Read More...]