Talking About Atheism and Interfaith Work at Religious Colleges

Please check out my latest piece for the Huffington Post Religion, a reflection on my February (F)a(i)theist speaking tour of the Midwest. This post is dedicated to everyone who hosted me and came out to see me speak -- you all inspired me so much! Check out an excerpt below; it can be read in full at the Huffington Post Religion:This February, as friends of mine flocked south to escape the unrelenting cold of Boston, I headed to the Midwest.It was my first college and university … [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...]

The Artist Formerly Known as Molly Norris

I have a new blog up over at the Washington Post's On Faith blog, The Faith Divide. This is my third piece for the them -- the other two can be found here and here. The piece addresses Molly Norris and "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day," which I have written about several times. [Update: This piece has been refeatured on Tikkun Daily and the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue.]Below is an excerpt; it can be read in full at The Faith Divide: Last week the atheist blogosphere lit up with reports … [Read more...]

How Atheism Became a Religion at Stanford

Today's guest post in the current lineup of "Other NonProphets" is by Lewis Marshall, the  president of Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics (AHA!) at Stanford. Lewis reflects on how AHA! became one of the Stanford Associated Religions (SAR) and the subsequent interfaith alliances they built. This is a really great resource for any non-religious students interested in interfaith campus work. Without further ado:I had the honor of being on a panel discussion about operating an atheist student … [Read more...]

How Atheism Became a Religion at Stanford

Today's guest post in the current lineup of "Other NonProphets" is by Lewis Marshall, the  president of Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics (AHA!) at Stanford. Lewis reflects on how AHA! became one of the Stanford Associated Religions (SAR) and the subsequent interfaith alliances they built. This is a really great resource for any non-religious students interested in interfaith campus work. Without further ado:I had the honor of being on a panel discussion about operating an atheist student … [Read more...]

A Call to (Open) Arms

The first in our series of guest posts by some other NonProphets comes from secular student superstar Lucy Gubbins. Lucy, a personal hero of mine and co-founder of the University of Oregon's Alliance of Happy Atheists (which was recently given the "Best Community" Award by the Secular Student Alliance), tackles the question of whether religion-tolerant atheists are truly welcome in the secular movement. Take it away, Lucy!Firebrands and diplomats. "Accommodationists" and "New Atheists." When … [Read more...]

Interfaith Cooperation and Some Not-So-Friendly Feedback

While I was in Minnesota last week for a wedding, the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) posted a video of the panel I was on at their National Conference last month. Hemant Mehta, Friendly Atheist blogger, was also on the panel (along with Jonathan Weyer, a Christian Reverend who has done interfaith work, and Lewis Marshall from Stanford's Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics) and posted the video to his blog. I checked out his post today and the majority of the comments aren't exactly, well, … [Read more...]

Seeking Soup for the Secular Soul

"The chief deficiency I see in the skeptical movement is its polarization: Us vs. Them—the sense that we have a monopoly on the truth; that those other people who believe in all these stupid doctrines are morons; that if you’re sensible, you’ll listen to us; and if not, to hell with you. This is nonconstructive. It does not get our message across. It condemns us to permanent minority status." - Carl Sagan, Wonder & Skepticism "Holy shit," he said. "That is a dead body underneath that tarp." … [Read more...]

Cambridge Broxterman Strikes Again?

If you read this blog, you're familiar with Cambridge Broxterman. She was one of the women who did "Back in Their Burkas Again" at the American Atheist Convention this last spring; after I wrote about my experience there, Cambridge read my blog and offered an impassioned video response. We then got into an exchange that prompted her to post another video about me, which I then responded to here on NonProphet Status.Sure enough, we were both at the Secular Student Alliance National Conference … [Read more...]

Don't Pass Go(d): Giving Religion a Get Out of Jail Free Card?

Cambridge Broxterman, she of "Burkagate" infamy, has made another YouTube video about me. I'm not surprised this time -- I guess I was kind of asking for it when I recalled that we had agreed to post our email exchange and, you know, finally got around to posting it. Her tone was a lot friendlier this time, which is encouraging because it gives me hope we'll be able to have a non-awkward conversation when our paths finally cross again (which is great because I want to talk to her about her … [Read more...]


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