Back to "Burkagate" Again: American Atheist Convention Revisited

Last night ABC Nightline finally aired its story on the American Atheist Convention. Many in the Atheist community are very unhappy with the segment and how it portrays Atheists. Here is the video.I actually think the segment is entirely fair. If we don't want to be portrayed this way, perhaps we shouldn't behave this way. You see, I was actually there. Back in April, I attended the American Atheist Convention in Newark, New Jersey. After it was over I published a series of reflections on the e … [Read more...]

Pray For Me?

Last October I was struggling to get over a particularly stubborn cold; week after week, I'd show up for my Spiritual Direction course at Loyola University's Institute for Pastoral Studies and try for three hours to refrain from interrupting a lecture on psychology and teleology by hacking up a lung. Inevitably a sneeze would escape and I'd be immediately greeted by a chorus of "God bless you!"s.It didn't bother me (and not just because I once heard an unsubstantiated claim that the origins … [Read more...]

Talk the Talk, Don’t Chalk the Chalk: Drawing a Divide With the "Draw Muhammad" Campaign

Yesterday The Friendly Atheist reported that a student group, the Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics (AHA) at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, is engaging in a "Draw Muhammad" project today. They are not the first; other campus groups have done the same. But this group did something a little different -- they reached out to the Muslim Student Association on their campus one day in advance with this letter warning that they would be drawing images of the Prophet Muhammad in chalk on … [Read more...]

What’s Wrong With Happy Smiling Rainbows and Unicorns?

Last week, Mehta and I were both mentioned in The Washington Post's Faith Divide, a blog managed by Eboo Patel, Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), an organization I work with as a former intern and current adjunct trainer / speaker. I was flattered to be mentioned, both by the organization I so greatly admire and enjoy collaborating with and to be mentioned in the same sentence as the prolific Mehta. But per a post that went up on his blog today, it seems Mehta, who spoke at … [Read more...]

Beyond Aggressive Atheism

Check out this great post by my friends at the Interfaith Youth Core Eboo Patel and Samantha Kirby that went up today in the Washinton Post's Faith Divide. They talk about aggressive Atheism, which has been covered on this blog a lot recently, and link to NonProphet Status. Full post below:Beyond aggressive atheism By Eboo Patel and Samantha KirbyFive years ago, atheism was all aggression. From Christopher Hitchens to Richard Dawkins, the best selling atheists advanced a particular discourse … [Read more...]

Exclusive: Hemant Mehta, Erik Roldan Speak Out on Sharing Secular Stories

We recently announced the launch of our Share Your Secular Story contest, a call for stories that aims to give secular folks an opportunity to paint a picture of what their life a secular individual is like. We couldn't be more excited about the great response the contest has gotten so far!Today we're thrilled to share with you exclusive statements from Hemant Mehta and Erik Roldan on the importance of this contest and why it is so necessary that secular folks give voice to their experiences … [Read more...]

Religion and Secular Roundup: Secularists in the White House, Church Arson, More on Tiger and Millenials

Wondering what's going on in the world of religion and secularism? Wonder no more -- it's time for your weekly religion and secular roundup! This week:Church Burning and Atheist Learning: Reports this week on the ongoing investigation into a series of church fires in Texas prominently featured the fact that raids on one suspect's home uncovered "books on demons and atheism." What does it say that news reports are so strongly linking a suspect's books on atheism to his alleged participation … [Read more...]


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