On MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, an Atheist Talks About the Non-Religious Response to the Newtown Massacre

Yesterday, on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry (guest hosted by Joy Reid), one of the guests was friend-of-the-blog Chris Stedman to talk about the importance of including atheists in “interfaith” efforts as well as the problem of religious figures blaming the tragedy on the notion of church/state separation (“You kicked God out of school! No wonder he’s not protecting us!”)…

Chris begins speaking around the 6:30 mark in the first video and 2:11 in the second video: [Read more...]

How Do Atheists Talk to Their Children About Death?

In periods following great tragedy, like we saw at Newtown, churches provide a lot of comfort, albeit with their wishful statements that the victims are in a better place or that this was all part of God’s plan.

Atheists don’t have the luxury of false hope. But that makes it hard to cope with loss. It’s even harder when you’re trying to explain death to children without invoking the supernatural.

The Washington Post‘s Michelle Boorstein explores that very problem: [Read more...]

A Good Activist Has Died

I didn’t know the man, but a good atheist activist from Anderson, South Carolina has died: [Read more...]

Sam Harris Elaborates on Near-Death Experiences

Remember that awful cover Newsweek from back in October?

At the time, Sam Harris (a neuroscientist himself) ripped apart Dr. Eben Alexander, who wrote that embarrassing cover story.

Now, Harris has finished reading Alexander’s actual book Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife… and it turns out the whole premise still makes no sense: [Read more...]

Remembering Atheist Activist Conrad Goeringer

Some sad news from American Atheists: Conrad Goeringer died Saturday night at the age of 63. He was an activist who worked for atheist causes for decades, most notably with Madalyn Murray O’Hair during the formative years of the AA organization: [Read more...]


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