Progressive Secular Humanist: Top 20 Stories of 2014

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For atheists, agnostics, and other freethinkers: The following are the 20 most popular posts of 2014, as determined by number of page views calculated via Google Analytics.20) Marlo Thomas tells Today Show: ‘It’s not a miracle, it’s science’ Giving credit where credit is due: Marlo Thomas corrects Today Show host by explaining that boy’s cancer cure was not the result of a miracle, but science. 19) Woman kills toddler while reenacting story of Abraham Bible study gone wrong: Inspired by a … [Read more...]

Transgender teen commits suicide, cites Christian parents in blog

Leelah Alcorn

After years of abuse and rejection from strict Christian parents, an Ohio transgender teen commits suicide by stepping in front of a moving tractor trailer truck.Leelah Alcorn, also known as Joshua Alcorn, was struck and killed by a passing semitrailer on southbound Interstate 71 in Union Township Sunday morning. The tragic event appears not to have been an accident, but a suicide.On her blog at Tumblr, Leelah left a poignant suicide note, detailing a life of pain and rejection, a life … [Read more...]

Driver in fatal hit and run was Maryland’s first female Episcopal bishop

Bishop Heather Cook, Maryland's first female Episcopal bishop and second highest ranking official in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, has been identified as the driver in a fatal hit and run of a bicyclist in Baltimore this weekend.According to reports, Bishop Cook initially fled the scene after striking Tom Palermo on December 27 with her Subaru SUV. However, after being chased down by other bicyclists, Cook returned to the scene of the accident 20 minutes later.In an email to the … [Read more...]

‘Catholic Warrior’ attacks Satanic Temple display in Florida

Rage for Jesus: An angry woman wearing a “Catholic Warrior” shirt was arrested after vandalizing the Satanic Temple holiday display in the Florida Capitol Rotunda yesterday.Susan Hemeryck, 54, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief after she began ripping apart the display showing an angel falling into flames with the message “Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple.”Hemeryck, who was wearing a shirt that said “Catholic Warrior” when she arrived at the Capitol, said she was angry … [Read more...]

Zombie Jesus Nativity scene is too much for Ohio town

Baby zombie Jesus makes Christians sad: In Ohio a homeowner was ordered to remove a Nativity scene in front of his house that features zombies instead of traditional biblical characters, or face legal action.Sycamore Township has ordered the nativity scene featuring zombies to be taken down. Particularly offensive for some Christians, the Nativity features a zombie baby instead of the traditional baby Jesus in the manger.According to documents obtained by FOX19 NOW, Sycamore Township … [Read more...]

Argentina grants human right of freedom to captive orangutan

In a victory for animal rights activists, orangutans, and great apes everywhere, a court in Argentina has granted “non-human person” status to Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan.RT reports that in an unprecedented decision, an Argentine court has ruled that the Sumatran orangutan 'Sandra,' who has spent 20 years at the zoo in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, should be recognized as a person with a right to freedom.Sandra the orangutan is expected to be freed and transferred to a sa … [Read more...]

New and improved: Atheists and Humanists rewrite Ten Commandments

Is Two Commandments enough?

Improving on the moral failure of the traditional Ten Commandments, atheists and humanists compose a new Decalogue for the 21st century.Lex Bayer, an executive at AirBnB, and John Figdor, a humanist chaplain at Stanford University, are the co-authors of the new book “Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart.” The authors recently organized a crowdsource contest to compose a new and improved  version of the Ten Commandments.As part of the crowdsourcing project, submissions were submitted to Atheist Mi … [Read more...]

Faith-healing parents get 10 years in prison for death of daughter

After choosing prayer over modern medicine, and depriving their daughter of life-saving care, Travis and Wenona Rossiter will each spend 10 years in prison for manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 12-year-old daughter, Syble Rossiter.Late Friday, Judge Daniel Murphy imposed the 10-year sentences despite defense attorneys objections to sentencing guidelines. In Oregon, first-degree manslaughter is a Measure 11 crime that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in … [Read more...]