Symbols and Secularism – What Sort of Secularism do we Want?

The Freedom from Religion Foundation has recently expressed opposition to a proposed memorial recognizing victims of the Holocaust to be erected on public ground in Ohio (see artist Daniel Liberskind’s design above). The grounds of their complaint is that the memorial’s design features a prominent Star of David created from negative space, and therefore creates [Read More…]

American Ethical Union Statement on Prop 8 and DOMA Decisions

The American Ethical Union (AEU) celebrates with justice loving people across the country. The U. S. Supreme Court’s decision that the federal government cannot discriminate against married lesbian and gay couples for the purposes of determining federal benefits and protections is an ethical decision leading towards full marriage equality. The day will soon come when [Read More…]

Humanism: Creed of the 21st Century

The Ethical Culture Society of St Louis – a non-theistic congregation of impressive size and beauty – has just posted audio my recent talk: “Humanism: Creed of the 21st Century” (yes, I love overblown titles!). You can listen by clicking the link here. Here’s the blurb: At the start of the 21st Century, non-belief is [Read More…]

Dan Savage: I’m Not One to Judge

I like Dan Savage. I like him a lot. I think his podcast is extremely funny, his writing  witty and deft, and I think the It Gets Better Project – despite its problems – was a stroke of genius. When he speaks to people during his podcast, or during a live show, there is so often the [Read More…]

Sort of Like “Camp Quest” for Grownups – Adventures in Humanist Community!

Edit: I’ve been asked to make clear that the reference to “Camp Quest” in the title of this post was metaphorical – this retreat is sponsored by the American Humanist Association and the American Ethical Union, not Camp Quest. Ever wanted to spend a week in a mountain lodge, ziplining and hiking in-between rousing discussions of freethought, Humanism, [Read More…]

Boston’s First Atheist Community Center (I Believe In…)

This is a guest post by Sarah Chandonnet, the Outreach and Development Manager at the Humanist Community at Harvard. Sarah has, for the past few years, been a leader in the secular movement in the Boston area – a true unsung hero of atheism and Humanism – and now she tells her story. I believe in [Read More…]

Announcing “The Godless Congregation”

I’m so excited! Today I finally get to announce a project long in the works: Greg Epstein (Humanist Chaplain at Harvard and New York Times Bestselling author of Good Without God) and I just signed a book deal with Simon and Schuster to write The Godless Congregation, a passionate call to those who do not believe in God to [Read More…]


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