Heathen Holiday Card of the Day! (12/19)

Today’s card once again hails from the UK!

It was (independently) submitted by Caspar Melville (@CasparMelville) and Paul Sims (@NewHumanist), and designed by Martin Rowson (@MartinRowson) for the New Humanist magazine. [Read more...]

An Alternative to the In-Your-Face Atheist Holiday Displays

Over the last few holiday seasons, many readers here have expressed dismay or discomfort with some atheist display posters that have been set up alongside religious holiday displays in city halls and other government buildings that essentially say, “Religion sucks. Grow up.” While many of us might think that sentiment is correct, we can also have other thoughts, feelings, and attitudes that we might want to express to our communities, statements about what we favor rather than what we disfavor. [Read more...]

Atheist Complains to Human Rights Commission About ‘Merry Christmas’ Sign on Bus

The city buses in Saskatoon (in Saskatchewan, Canada) have a very offensive message on them. Are you ready to see it? Don’t say I didn’t warn you:

OMG, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! [Read more...]

Toxicity and Truth: On ‘New Atheism’ and Interfaith Activism

In the month following the release of my book, Faitheist, I’ve been deeply grateful for the interest in and engagement with the book’s ideas. However, I’ve also noticed a few misconceptions that I’d like to address: that atheist interfaith activists work with believers at the expense of other atheists and unfairly dismiss a “New Atheist” approach; that interfaith work is unnecessary because we regularly encounter people of different religious identities simply by living in a diverse society; and that interfaith work is at odds with the promotion of truth, or that atheist interfaith activists are more concerned with people getting along than with getting at the truth. [Read more...]

Tradition Doesn’t Justify Bigotry, Not in Religion and Not in Soccer

Sports fans tend to be loud, obnoxious, and in your face. I should know; I’m one of them. Because of this, bigotry can often be displayed publicly by a country’s sports fans.

Earlier this week, fans of a Russian soccer team, Zenit St. Petersburg, called for non-white and gay players to be excluded from the team. [Read more...]


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