September 4, 2014

What would Jesus do? He would have blessed those who lower taxes on the rich, of course! Well, perhaps those religious Tea Partiers haven’t really thought that through. If they might at least look back to the first Boston Tea Party, those proudly Christian supporters of the Tea Party agenda might be shocked. A key figure behind that bold revolt was a freethinker who had abandoned Christianity for a blasphemous philosophy. Maybe nobody should care about this history, least of… Read more

July 15, 2014

Politicians will stay away from open alliances with ‘Atheism’ mostly because no clear civic or political agenda is securely attached to atheism. Atheism displays all sorts of public faces, and it is viewed as pursuing discordant agendas. Any atheist can make it all sound so simple. “Too much discrimination against us,” the pessimists say. But politicians have aligned with other groups suffering worse discrimination. “So many reasonable people among us,” the optimists say. Yet politicians have more respect for passion… Read more

June 30, 2014

Democracy doesn’t allow two kinds of citizenship and two versions of the law. If you want to live in a country where some citizens have bigger rights, more freedoms, and more powers over the rest, then you don’t want to live in a democracy. You might want to live in America, after Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. Why would anyone be surprised that the erosion of democracy in America would again be accomplished through corporations? Theocrats admire proxy powers while they… Read more

June 16, 2014

An atheist and a secularist walk into a coffee shop. The barista behind the counter quietly says, “Maybe the joke will be how there’s only one customer here.” After ordering a latte, the atheist looks around, and watches the secularist peer at coffeecakes and muffins. Gazing upwards, the atheist mutters, “I’m a secularist, so what’s going on?” Overhearing that remark, the secularist looks up. She glances at the barista, who could only return a bemused look. “We aren’t the same,”… Read more

May 8, 2014

According to recent research conducted by Pew, there is no reason to suppose that Latinos in America aren’t part of upward trends in nonaffiliation and nonreligion. If anyone is surprised, they haven’t been paying attention in recent years. The signs were all there to see. The new report is here: PEW: “The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States” This article explains, “Most Hispanics in the United States continue to belong to the Roman Catholic Church. But… Read more

April 16, 2014

Affordable access to thoughtful and dynamic leaders across the nonreligious spectrum has been my priority for many years. Online education is gaining momentum, but high quality and practicality are essential. A new secular educational project is taking the next step in these important directions. Partners for Secular Activism is a new nonprofit educational organization based in the Washington D.C. area. I have accepted the position of PSA President, and I’m eager to hear input from anyone similarly interested in the possibilities… Read more

March 31, 2014

More and more Americans are leaving churches, never to return. People who are still regularly attending aren’t the majority any longer. A closer look at survey results shows how many people stop feeling religious and even stop believing in God, after they leave their churches. Ariela Keysar, a lead researcher with the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture at Trinity College in Connecticut has just published a new study of available data, titled “Shifts Along the… Read more

March 16, 2014

Religious prejudice against non-hetero citizens has been gradually subsiding, still potent yet destined for marginality. Regrettably, religious tolerance today still hasn’t risen to the level that nonreligious attitudes had attained over a decade ago. Following nonreligious trends is still the right direction for the country. The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released a new survey of Americans in February, asking about people’s religious status and their attitudes concerning LGBT issues. 53% of Americans favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally… Read more

March 4, 2014

Recently This Secular Life talked about ways that society silences nonbelievers. Attention to experiences of the college-age generation was heightened by reporting on Blacksburg, Virginia. Dan Linford, a student and an atheist living in Blacksburg, recounts what he has seen there, and reflects on what it like to be nonreligious. The London Telegraph article about Blacksburg, published in February 2014, was titled: “Is America losing faith? Atheism on the rise but still in the shadows” and the article byline includes this… Read more

February 21, 2014

Nonbelievers go unnoticed and uncounted where social conformity rules. Their freedom to have quietly secular lives shouldn’t be infringed, but many can’t enjoy their freedom of conscience. Their conscience is telling them that religion can’t be right, while their communities are delivering the message to stay silent. Demographers and sociologists know the situation all too well. Try to count all the people in churches, and you will be counting some nonbelievers along with the faithful. Obtain “Yes” answers from people… Read more

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