Video of Nigerian Atheist Gathering Disrupted By Witchcraft Believers

The other day, I wrote this: Leo Igwe is a Humanist and Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Humanist Movement. He recently returned from a conference run by the British Humanist Association, having also given an interview about superstition in his country to the BBC. He was ready to attend a conference he helped organize on [Read More...]

Atheist Bus Campaign in… Iowa!

The Iowa Atheists & Freethinkers (IAF) and the United Coalition of Reason have put the following ad on the sides of 20 buses in Des Moines: Obviously, it’s reaching out to current atheists rather than tearing down religion. I-A-F spokesperson Lily Kryuchkov says the purpose of the ads is to simply raise awareness of the [Read More...]

“Everything Happens for a Reason”

Just like Sabio, this has happened to me before: a close friend is telling me how she just broke up with a boyfriend, or how she lost her job, or something else really depressing. At some point, she utters: “This is all happening for a reason.” Or: “It’s part of God’s plan.” The polite thing [Read More...]

Why Should We Bother Having These Conversations?

Here’s the gist of the conversation I had the other day with a Catholic over this story and the headline “Publisher, editor out over wafer story”: Catholic: I’m offended by this headline. It’s disrespectful to Catholics. Me: No, it’s not. It’s accurate. It’s a wafer. Catholic: No, it’s the Consecrated Host. Me: To you, maybe. [Read More...]

Were You Coerced to Go to Christian Bible Camp?

Reader “Bob” saw the article by Ian Bell that suggested some Camp Quest attendees are going there against their will. In an email, “Bob” writes: I work for a Christian Bible camp which also serves as a weekend retreat for groups out of season. I’ve worked there for two years. They are probably the only [Read More...]