Remembering the soldiers that get sneered at by the “respect the troops” crowd.

In Lake Hypatia, Alabama the FFRF has erected a monument to the freethinking soldiers.  You know, the ones who are reviled and whose existence is questioned by the people who scream “respect the troops” the loudest. Here’s to you atheist soldiers: Tim, Jeremiah, Sarah, and many others.  We love you, just as you are – [Read More...]

Annie’s Mailbox has some good advice for a religious grandparent.

This made my entire family smile.  Click the image to make it bigger: Annie’s Mailbox is a nationally syndicated column written by Marcy Sugar and Kathy Mitchell. [Read more...]

Introducing an online community for atheist gamers.

I’ve decided to put some effort into making an online space for atheist gamers. It seems there are tons of atheist gamers of all stripes – pc gamers, console gamers, table toppers, LARPers – but nowhere they can all really hang out. I want to fix that. I’ve got a great team of admins, including [Read More...]

Rather than lose a lawsuit a County in Minnesota now allows secular celebrants to perform civil marriages.

Washington County in Minnesota previously would not allow secular celebrants to perform civil (read: not religious) marriages.  They sued for the right and a federal judge just threw out their case: Minnesota atheists scored a victory for equal treatment even though a federal judge tossed out their lawsuit against Washington County on Wednesday. U.S. District [Read More...]

PEW: There are now more religiously unaffiliated in the United States than Catholics.

It’s clear that we’re winning.  Christians will counter “But you haven’t won!”  No, we haven’t.  Christians overall are still the majority, but when “atheist, agnostic, or nothing in particular” has become more popular than “Catholic,” it’s a good sign, and the trend doesn’t show any signs of slowing down: The Christian share of the U.S. [Read More...]

Pew: Christians leaving the faith in droves, atheists gaining about as fast as they’re losing.

I saw this story in Yahoo finance a few days ago and realize now I never blogged it, but it’s good stuff.  Just reinforcing the idea that Christians are losing ground (gaining new converts at a slower rate than the population expands) and atheists are gaining it…fast: An extensive study done by the Pew Research [Read More...]

Interview with @MrOzAtheist.

I follow a guy on twitter, as do well over 30,000 other atheists, who goes by the handle @MrOzAtheist.  However, nobody seems to know much about this twitter celebrity from Australia, so I asked him for an interview.  Lucky for me he accepted.  :) [Read more...]

Barna: atheism has shifted to be something the “cool kids are doing.”

Just saw the Barna research on the churchless in America (which doesn’t necessarily mean atheist) from 1993-2013 and this  paragraph caught my attention: Many of these ideas are initiated, promoted and reinforced by celebrity personalities and media exposure. There has arisen a new stratum of anti-religion celebrity apologists that includes Bill Maher, Sam Harris, Richard [Read More...]

GODLESSNESS: Siouxland Freethinkers reading their hate mail.

You want to talk about a group that gets things done in a pretty religious part of an already pretty religious country?  Look no further than the Siouxland Freethinkers: Siouxland Freethinkers was formed in June 2011. Since then SLFT has grown from 11 people in a coffee shop to nearly 700 Facebook members. Along the [Read More...]

GODLESSNESS: Study finds atheists more driven by compassion than theists when it comes to charity.

A new study has found that atheists, when being charitable, are more driven by simple compassion than their religious counterparts: Atheists and agnostics are more driven by compassion to help others than are highly religious people, a new study finds. That doesn’t mean highly religious people don’t give, according to the research to be published in the [Read More...]