Robert Wright: Is ISIS Islamic, and does it matter?

The New Yorker published a fantastic essay this morning by Robert Wright, a journalist and author of "The Evolution of God," on a recent trend to emphasize ISIS's Islamic roots. He begins: Last week, the New York Times columnist Roger Cohen published a piece under the headline “Islam and the West at War.” Something seemed amiss here. Surely a more-or-less liberal columnist at the Times wasn’t going to say what even George W. Bush was unwilling to say: that we are at war with Islam itself. Maybe … [Read more...]

Why we need to stop hiding mistakes

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I used to think mistakes are an embarrassing part of the human experience, even though they were inevitable. But the more I meditate on how the world works and, more to the point, how I’d like the world to work, the more I’m coming to the view that mistakes are more than inevitable; they’re vital.We live in a world where it is increasingly socially impossible to make a mistake, and I think it’s a recipe for for a timid, boring, and unrelatable world. Without being willing to make a mistake, a … [Read more...]

Narrow atheism, religious criticism, and why using “faitheist” as an insult makes you an asshole: my interview with Trav Mamone

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I recently exchanged a few emails with Trav Mamone of Bi Any Means. I probably wrote too much, but we ended up talking about my background, how veganism and atheism intersect, and my views on the atheist movement.Specifically on the topic of religious criticism, I wrote: To briefly sum up my views, though: punch up and be specific. First, we shouldn't be like Dawkins and argue that we should ridicule Catholics with contempt, but that doesn't mean we can't criticize Mother Theresa or the … [Read more...]

After Ferguson, toward a better humanism

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Nearly a month after Michael Brown’s death, protests still fill the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. The grief playing out on the pavement is focusing long-overdue national attention on racial injustice and the reality of white supremacy. For many, it’s also translated to activism. From rallies to marches to teach-ins, communities are organizing themselves to effectively fight for change.For most people involved, this activism is simply an extension of work that’s been going on for centuries. T … [Read more...]

American seculars are more okay with killing civilians than the global Muslim population is.

Sam Harris has a new article on his site that somehow transitions from "why are perpetrators of mass violence almost always male?" to "and here's why Islam is bad." It's summed up with some commentary on The Friendly Atheist by Terry Firma.[ref]Terry Firma says in his bio that he has had "feature articles" published in The New York Times. I was kind of skeptical and, after a Google search and some digging around on the Times site, all I could find was this comment he left on a blog post. It'd be … [Read more...]

Linked Miscellanea

1. Hemant Mehta's new book, "The Young Atheist's Survival Guide," is now available in paperback!I just finished reading Hemant Mehta of The Friendly Atheist's new book. It's a great and easily digestible exploration of Christian privilege in public schools, and it provides background and practical advice on how to deal with a sensitive time in many atheist's lives. It's somewhat on the short side, and regular readers of his blog might already be familiar with much of the content. Those … [Read more...]

Harvard Humanists to package 40,000 meals!

Check out another piece featuring Sunday's interfaith meal packing event at Harvard! This post was originally featured on the Foundation Beyond Belief blog. In 2011, the Humanist Community at Harvard sponsored an interfaith meal-packing event to benefit food-insecure children in Quincy, Massachusetts. The volunteers also commemorated the tenth anniversary of September 11 by packing 9,110 meals while fostering dialogue and education among people of different religious backgrounds—particularly … [Read more...]

Count Your Blessings – And Share Them

This post was originally published on the Humanist Community Project blog.Okay dudes. The election was exciting, but let’s remember we’ve got to do a lot more than vote to be the change we want to see. We’re in the middle of a huge fundraising push for the biggest service project I’ve EVER worked on. The Humanist Community at Harvard, the Harvard Chaplains, and the Boston Interfaith Campus Coalition are pulling out all the stops to pull together $10,000 and hundreds of volunteers to package 4 … [Read more...]

What Chris has meant to us: Adam's Story

To celebrate the release of Chris’s book Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious, we at Non-Prophet Status have taken it upon ourselves to share how Chris has impacted our lives. Read Vlad’s entry here, Stephen’s here, Chelsea’s here, Walker’s here, and Lyz's here. We hope that all NPS readers, regardless of their religious belief, will consider submitting their story for us to post at npstatus@gmail.com! Congratulations Chris! Chris is a weird guy. He’s weird because … [Read more...]

What Chris has meant to us: Lyz's Story

 To celebrate the release of Chris’s book Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious, we at Non-Prophet Status have taken it upon ourselves to share how Chris has impacted our lives. Read Vlad’s entry here, Stephen’s here, Chelsea's here, and Walker's here. We hope that all NPS readers, regardless of their religious belief, will consider submitting their story for us to post at npstatus@gmail.com! Congratulations Chris!I first met Chris Stedman in early 2010 at the S … [Read more...]


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