A Scholarship for a Promising Young Secular Humanist

There are so few scholarships available to young atheists that it’s nice to point them out when they’re awarded. Herb Silverman, the president of the Secular Coalition for America, is also a retired math professor from the College of Charleston. He established the Silverman Secular Humanist Scholarship a decade ago to recognize young, promising students [Read More...]

Moment of Silence Not Good Enough for Exeter Union High School Christians

***Update***: There’s video of valedictorian Rebeccah TerHune giving her speech. At the 0:16 mark, you can hear a man scream out, “Rebeccah, Jesus loves you!” … When it comes to Prayer versus Moments of Silence in public schools, most Christians are smart enough not to endorse prayer. Not every student is Christian and you’re just [Read More...]

My Talk at Skepchicamp 2010

Back in March, Skepchicamp 2010 happened in Chicago. A whole bunch of local skeptics spoke for about 20 minutes each on a subject of their choice. It was an awesome event and I’m sure it’ll happen again next year. I decided to talk about the time last summer when a conservative “family” group outed me [Read More...]

Not Your Ordinary Cap and Gown

This past weekend, my Muslim friend graduated from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Her facebook album revealed that the commencement ceremony was held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. One would assume Jesus looked down with a special disapproval at this particular graduation — as Jesus [Read More...]

Brave Student Objects to Public School’s Religious Graduation Ceremony

***Update***: The school issued a response regarding the religious ceremony: 1. The baccalaureate ceremony is a privately sponsored religious event. The Tamaqua Area School District is not and will not be involved in or associated with the baccalaureate ceremony and does not or will not endorse the ceremony in any way. 2. As a public [Read More...]