We Haven’t "Won" Yet

The attacks on the United States of America orchestrated by Osama bin Laden occurred during my first week of high school -- what was supposed to be the start of my transition into adulthood.Due to construction on my school, the academic year had been delayed for several weeks. On Sept. 11, 2001, I woke up early, prayed and sat down on the couch to watch the morning news. I turned on the television and was greeted by live footage of the World Trade Center in New York City, a gaping, smoking … [Read more...]

From Ground Zero to Gays in Uganda: A Millennial Response to Modern Moral Crises

This piece can be read in full on the Huffington Post Religion; it was co-authored with Valarie Kaur.In the weeks following 9/11, a Sikh man named Balbir Singh Sodhi was shot down at a gas station by a man shouting "I'm a patriot!" In 2009, a 9-year-old girl named Brisenia Flores and her father were murdered in Arizona, allegedly at the hands of anti-immigration crusaders. And just last week, a gay activist named David Kato was bludgeoned to death in Uganda after his picture was published in … [Read more...]

The Assault on Dialogue: Thoughts on Park51

Today's guest post in our ongoing series of guest contributors comes from Nicholas Lang, who previously submitted a guest piece reflecting on the ramifications of "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day." In today's post, Nick considers Park51 and the state of American dialogue. This one's lengthy but is totally worth your time -- take it away, Nick!America is a nation of 300 million experts.This phenomenon is everywhere. For proof, see: news articles that ask high school students their thoughts on … [Read more...]

A Call to Love With Our Feet

September 11th is a difficult anniversary. "Love" is perhaps the last word we might associate with that day.On September 11th, 2001, I was fourteen-years-old and ignorant to a lot of what was happening in the world outside of my home of Minnesota. That day was a wake-up call to me, to be more aware of what was happening outside of my own context. To listen more and to learn more. But love was far from my heart.Nine years later, we are experiencing another wake-up call. The call is the same: … [Read more...]

A Call to Love With Our Feet

September 11th is a difficult anniversary. "Love" is perhaps the last word we might associate with that day.On September 11th, 2001, I was fourteen-years-old and ignorant to a lot of what was happening in the world outside of my home of Minnesota. That day was a wake-up call to me, to be more aware of what was happening outside of my own context. To listen more and to learn more. But love was far from my heart.Nine years later, we are experiencing another wake-up call. The call is the same: … [Read more...]

An "Atheist Terrorist"?

Today James J. Lee, a self-declared atheist (per his MySpace page), took a number of people hostage at the Discovery Channel headquarters building in Silver Spring, Maryland. After hours of police standoff that had the nation on the edge of its seat, he was declared dead and the hostages were rescued safely.He had a lengthy list of demands that mostly pertained to population control, immigration and environmentalism. But one in particular jumped out at me; among his demands was that the … [Read more...]

Should Atheists and Christians Build Mosques?

Today's guest blog is an anonymous submission, and it wrestles with the ongoing issue of how America's diverse Muslim community is perceived and how Atheists, Christians and others might better support it. This is a truly excellent and especially important piece and I hope that all of NonProphet Status' readers will heed the below advice and encourage others to do the same. Without further ado: An American Muslim man is being interviewed about a mosque expansion, necessary for the growing local … [Read more...]

9/11 was the "Atheist Stonewall"?

 In a recent post on The Friendly Atheist, blogger Hemant Mehta shared a video of the Secular Student Alliance National Conference (where I spoke on a panel) keynote address by atheist blogger Greta Christina on what Atheists can learn from the LGBT movement. I've heard her give this talk before, but it was Hemant's conversation with her about it that caught my attention: I had a chance to ask Greta later what she considered to be our “Stonewall” — what event did she feel mobilized athe … [Read more...]


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