Thought I had about the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Something I thought about today when reflecting on how much ass the Freedom From Religion Foundation kicks (and this really applies to many atheist organizations) was how they’re winning most of their battles with less resources.  If you think they have as much money, or even close to as much money, as groups like the [Read More...]

Atheism and American Politics: Gaining Traction?

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Atheist community here. So the atheist channel is doing a summer of questions that many of our bloggers are going to answer (will update the bottom of the page with other Patheos writer’s [Read More...]

BREAKING: Secular celebrants allowed to perform weddings in Indiana.

A federal court has just struck down an Indiana law saying celebrants must be religious in order to be legally recognized. A federal court has ruled that humanist couples in Indiana can be married by their own “secular celebrants,” something that until now was illegal under state law. In a unanimous ruling, the Chicago-based 7th U.S. [Read More...]

Guest post by Helen Stringer on atheist community building.

Helen Stringer is an up-and-comer who you will hear more of in the next few years, mark my words.  She is the founder and leader of Kansas City Oasis, a group for which I have spoken and attended again this last weekend.  Because she is so quickly becoming a go-to voice for atheist community building, [Read More...]

Yes, I Can Hold Public Office as An Atheist

For years, the atheist movement has been making the claim that atheists in America can’t hold public office in seven states. We have almost all seen the graphics and posts people have made decrying this as discriminatory and unjust. The most recognizable might be this one to the right: Many news outlets keep repeating this [Read More...]

City of Rowlett denying atheists chance to give invocation.

After the SCOTUS ruled in Town of Greece v. Galloway that invocations before government meetings were constitutional provided they don’t discriminate, the Freedom From Religion Foundation announced an award for which atheist signed up and gave the best one.  The Metroplex Atheists in Texas signed up to give a secular invocation in the city of [Read More...]

Reproductive Justice Fight!

Steven here… So with everyone’s mind on the birth control ruling from SCOTUS, it is only fitting that we think of as many ways to combat the fallout from such a ruling as we can. Luckily, the Secular Shethinkers are already on this one. Are you so mad at the recent SCOTUS rulings that you [Read More...]

Activism About the Hobby Lobby Decision

FFRF, as usual, is on the ball. They’ve put out a call to action for us to contact Congress about the Hobby Lobby decision. I lifted liberally from their sample letter. Here’s mine:   Dear Senator/Representative: I am writing as your constituent to urge you to take action in the wake of the Supreme Court’s [Read More...]

Good News Club Gets Bad News

Check out this article on AlterNet! It seems that certain people in Portland, Oregon are aware that the teachings of the Good News Club, that insidious evangelical organization that uses children to proselytize in public schools, isn’t all sweetness and light. [a] coalition called Protect Portland Children is stepping up outreach to local media, parents, [Read More...]

Guest post by David Silverman: Preach. Proselytize. Convert.

Preach. Proselytize. Convert. These words all have associations with the religious world, eliciting visions of people in ties knocking on doors at 8am Sunday Morning, or adults preaching to other people’s children in the schools, or street pastors scaring passers by about such concepts as Hell (or in some cases, personal grooming). It’s a good [Read More...]