Update on Alberta Law

I mentioned yesterday how a draft law in Alberta, Canada could allow parents to remove children from classes when the topic (e.g. Evolution) contradicted religious beliefs. Lindsay Blackett, the provincial minister responsible for human rights, says this is not going to be the case: “This is opt-out on religious instruction not on grounds of religious [Read More...]

Why Are American Soldiers Illegally Proselytizing in Afghanistan?

And why do I have to hear about it from Al Jazeera? Ahmed Shah Ahmedzai said there must be a “serious investigation” after military chaplains stationed in the US air base at Bagram were filmed discussing how to distribute copies of the Bible printed in the country’s main Pashto and Dari languages. In one recorded [Read More...]

How to Handle a Christian Audience Member

The Knoxville News Sentinel‘s Jessie Pounds has an article about American Atheists president Ed Buckner speaking to a local atheist group. At first glance, nothing seems particular striking in the article, but I did catch one bit that made me do a double-take. I suspect very few Christians were in the audience for an event [Read More...]

Ridiculous Religious Reasons

This post is by Jesse Galef, who works for the American Humanist Association. He usually blogs at Rant & Reason. … Scott Adams, Dilbert cartoonist, has said silly things about evolution and religion.  But his recent blog post entitled The Power of Ridiculous Reasons brings up an interesting idea worth contemplating: The human mind is [Read More...]

Should This Atheist Partake in the Obligatory Prayer at a Funeral?

Reader Andrew had a relative pass away and he was unsure of what to do during one part of the funeral. Maybe you can offer some advice: My grandmother died recently and her funeral is this Friday. I wasn’t especially close to her, but I am (of course) upset. I have a bit of a [Read More...]