Christian Columnist: Why is Church-State Separation So Hard to Understand?

Sam Venable is a Christian and a columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel in East Tennessee. Recently, Americans United for Separation of Church and State threatened a lawsuit because nearby “Sevier County Commission’s long-standing habit of starting each meeting with the Lord’s Prayer is illegal.” Obviously, that’s correct. That’s religion seeping into the government and [Read More...]

James Randi Speaks at TED

A fantastic video of James Randi speaking at the 2007 TED conference has just been posted. Even if you know about JREF and the Million Dollar Challenge, this is a wonderful talk to watch: [Read more...]

Sarah Palin Says We’re a Christian Nation — She’s Wrong

At this point, if Sarah Palin told me it was ok to cross the street, I’d be double checking every direction. You just have to believe the opposite of whatever she says. So when she spoke at the recent “Women of Joy” conference, she said exactly what you would expect her to say: a lie. [Read More...]

The Wrong Person to Perform an Atheist’s Funeral

There’s a public radio show in Canada, hosted by Jonathan Goldstein, called WireTap. In a recent episode, Adam Davidson (of NPR’s Planet Money podcast) told a story about how his atheist family hired a Baptist minister for his atheist grandmother’s funeral. They told him the family was not religious. You can guess what happened next… [Read More...]

Can Interfaith Communities Work for Atheists?

For years, I’ve been torn about the Interfaith movement. I’m not sure whether to embrace them or reject them. In response to last week’s Chicago Tribune article about college atheists, Eboo Patel and Samantha Kirby of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) wrote a piece for the Washington Post‘s On Faith blog. They argue that young [Read More...]