Yes, There Are Atheists Who Are Anti-Abortion

Given how strong the ties are between religious conservatives and the anti-abortion movement, you might suspect that atheists are almost entirely pro-choice… and you’d be right. However, a vocal minority of pro-life atheists have been getting a lot of coverage lately as people realize we’re not as monolithic as we’re made out to be.

Marco Rosaire Rossi wrote about non-religious pro-lifers for The Humanist last fall (and one of the groups he wrote about offered a rebuttal to his piece here).

Now, Leslie Fain at The Catholic World Report takes another look at this group to find out how they justify being pro-life when God doesn’t factor into the equation: [Read more…]

Irish Citizens Rank Religion Dead Last on List of Priorities

A recent survey conducted by the Community Foundation for Ireland offers a glimpse at what issues matter most to the citizens of the country and it’s pretty clear where their priorities lie (PDF):

Education, education, education, air, education, education, kids, education.

Not a bad list at all.

So you have to wonder what ranked lowest out of the 119 options presented to respondents: [Read more…]

The 2013 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism Goes to…

The “Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism” is given out by the Humanist Community at Harvard, the American Humanist Association, and the Harvard Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics.

The first year, the award went to Salman Rushdie. In the years to follow, it went to Greg Graffin (lead singer of Bad Religion), Joss Whedon, MythbustersAdam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, and Stephen Fry.

Last year, author Mary Roach received the honor.

And this year, the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism will go to comedian and actor Eddie Izzard: [Read more…]

Edward Tarte Asks: What if Your God Told You to Kill a Loved One?

[Link to video] [Read more…]

It Happens at Atheist Conferences, Too

Every. Single. Time.

(via PhD Comics) [Read more…]