President Obama: Living Proof that Family Values Without Religion Build Character

In tomorrow’s special Inauguration editions of The Washington Post, the American Humanist Association will be running the following full-page ad: The ad uses Barack Obama’s own words about his Humanist mother to show that you can indeed raise excellent, moral, hard-working children without resorting to religion. “We hear so much these days about how traditional [Read More...]

Kittens are Atheists

I knew it… This does not explain why kittens always try to attack me when they see me. You figure they would like me more… (Thanks to all of you who sent the links!) [Read more...]

The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture

Author Darrel Ray has come out with a new book called The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture. I had a chance to read this a few months ago and really enjoyed it. The book extends the metaphor of religion as a cultural virus, discussing how it spreads and how it can [Read More...]

Would You Pay for Something if You Didn’t Have To?

Here’s an interesting experiment. You’ve seen American newspaper vending machines: You put the money in, the glass door opens, you get your paper. Now, let’s go to a province in Austria: Here, you put the money in at the top. And you just grab your paper from the moisture-sealed bag below. There’s nothing forcing you [Read More...]

Inauguration Prayer #1: Bishop Gene Robinson

As I said earlier, I’ll be making a donation to the Secular Coalition for America for every use of the words “Jesus,” “Christ,” “Lord,” and “God.” I’ll hope you’ll join me in doing that. Today, we had the first prayer of the four, delivered by Rev. Gene Robinson. The text is below and the Religious [Read More...]