Should Atheist Candidates Be Forthcoming About Their Religious Views?

If you were running for political office, would it makes sense to open up about your atheism?

Former Secular Coalition for America Director Sean Faircloth and philosopher Peter Boghossian offered differing answers to that question at a recent event. Faircloth, while not suggesting candidates disavow their atheism, said that pragmatism was key. Boghossian, on the other hand, suggested putting it all out there:



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Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Atheist Denied Early Parole for Not Taking Part in Religious Treatment Program

Atheist Randall Jackson had been serving time in the Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in St. Joseph, Missouri when he learned about an opportunity to get early release on parole — all he had to do was attend the center’s “Offenders Under Treatment Program.”

Just one problem: The program was faith-based, requiring him to both pray and acknowledge the existence of God. (Another treatment program promoted Alcoholics Anonymous which is also religious in nature.) When Jackson objected, the response wasn’t very helpful:

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Deeply Protestant South Korean Doctor Performs Gender Reassignment Surgeries to Correct ‘God’s Mistakes’

If some doctors like to play God, Dr. Kim Seok-Kwun is content just correcting the Big Guy’s goofs. As Dr. Kim Seok-Kwun begins surgery to create a functioning penis for a Buddhist monk who was born female, he is well aware of the unease his work creates in deeply conservative South Korea. The devout Protestant known as [Read More...]

Christian Explains How Young Earth Creationists Are Wrong… Because the Earth is Actually Younger Than They Think

Appearing on Creationist Eric Hovind‘s show Creation Today, Jeff Swanson explained how the earth wasn’t created in 4004 BC as Archbishop James Ussher calculated hundreds of years ago and as Young Earth Creationists believe today.

No. That would be crazy!

The universe (i.e. “Adam”) was actually created in 3960 BC.

Which means he thinks our universe is less than 6,000 years old.

And the show’s hosts just accept that without question.



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How to Discipline Your Children Without God

When Deborah Mitchell posted an article on iCNN about why she doesn’t raise her children with religion, it became a viral sensation.

Now, she’s written a complete guide to atheist parenting. It’s called Growing Up Godless and it’s full of nearly 100 short essays on tackling the various obstacles atheist parents face in a predominantly religious world.

In the excerpt below, Mitchell talks about how to discipline your children when they’re not raised to believe God is watching over them:

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