What Do We Mean By “Religion”?: Religions Have No “Heart”

Part of a Series: What Do We Mean By “Religion”? What do we mean by “Religion”? I find that whenever I’m in disagreement – either with a person of faith or with another atheist – it frequently boils down to a disagreement over the meaning of “religion”. Someone will begin with “The problem with religion is X” or [Read More…]

“More Than Half Way”: Why I’m Proud to Work With a “Faitheist”

Chris Stedman: one of the most controversial figures within the atheist movement. Few atheist activists split opinion as cleanly as Chris does: it seems you either love him or you hate him. There are plenty on either side of the argument. He has been praised for presenting a new face of atheism, more concerned with [Read More…]

Congratulations, Cardinal!

It’s not often that I congratulate Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, but I feel I must, in this case, extend my warmest congratulations to Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who won the coveted “Bigot of the Year” award from UK gay rights organization Stonewall recently. It is truly well-deserved: he wrote a fantastically hateful article on the [Read More…]

Skepticon Needs YOU!

Skepticon V – the largest free skeptics conference in the USA – starts on Friday 9th November, in Springield, MO. Last year I spoke on a panel – an atheist death panel, no less – at Skepticon IV. It was my first experience of Skepticon, and it was amazing. I was hugely inspired by the speakers, [Read More…]

Repost: Museum or Memorial, and Why It Matters: Thoughts on Religious Symbolism and the 9/11 Cross

This article was originally written for State of Formation, an interfaith community blog. I repost it here to ensure all my posts on the 9/11 Cross are hosted in the same place, as discussion of the issue still continues. Here are my other posts on the matter: Cross With American Atheists The Humanist Hour and [Read More…]

Bruce Gorton’s Bollocks: More Straw Stedman

Some important points to note before reading this post: I am an atheist. I have been one all my life. I am an atheist activist, and I give up a whole lot of my time, for nothing, to promote greater visibility and respect for atheists around the USA. I do this because I believe that [Read More…]

The Tell-Tale Heart

For your delectation, and due to a tie-breaking vote from my roommate Brooks, I present to you Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart! Happy Halloween! The Tell-Tale Heart (Audio Only) [Read more…]

Houston Oasis: A Trend, Not a Blip

Hemant Mehta recently reported the formation of Houston Oasis, “a community that meets weekly to provide support and fellowship in a diverse environment.” Founded by former pastor and graduate of the Clergy Project (“a confidential online community for active and former clergy who do not hold supernatural beliefs”) Mike Aus, Houston Oasis seeks to provide [Read More…]

“We Are Atheism” Needs Your Help!

We Are Atheism is a great campaign which seeks “to provide a platform for atheists around the globe to see that they are not alone”. Participants share a short video about themselves and their atheism and, in the process, dismantle dangerous stereotypes about us and show the world that atheists are everywhere, in every community. Here’s my [Read More…]

The Foundation for Religious Diplomacy

Recently I’ve been contacted regarding the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, an organization which “aims to decrease disrespect and ill will between people who adhere to different religious or ideological beliefs and practices”. So far, so interfaith. What’s interesting and different about this group, however, is that they require participants to hold central their disagreements with each other, [Read More…]