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...]

Stanford’s Humanist Chaplain Gets Positive Press

It’s been about two months since John Figdor was announced as Chaplain of the new Humanist Community at Stanford:

This weekend, he’s getting some positive attention from the San Francisco Chronicle: [Read more...]

Headaches Are a Sign from God…

(via Toothpaste for Dinner) [Read more...]

The Shocking Chuck Hagel Smear Campaign

Senseless “controversies” break out constantly in Washington D.C. Political media habitually magnify the most inane, insider-y machinations and petty divisions, which most of the time can be safely ignored. But the ongoing controversy involving former Republican senator Chuck Hagel is worth paying attention to, if only because it has provided such useful insight into the nature of modern D.C. governing norms.

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Catholic University Blocks LGBT Group, but Students Won’t Back Down

The Catholic University of America, located in Washington, D.C. and home to some 7,000 undergraduates and graduate students, formally rejected a proposal for a university-sanctioned LGBT student group earlier this month.

The reason?:

The official reason given by university administrators to supporters of the club -– which included 20 of the 23 members of the school’s Student Association and representatives from multiple other campus student groups –- for the rejection was that administrators fear such a group would become an advocacy organization.

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