A Muslim inmate is fighting all the way up to the Supreme Court to force U.S. prisons to give the thumbs up to religious beards:The new case was brought by an Arkansas inmate, Gregory H. Holt, who is serving a life sentence for burglary and domestic battery. Show More Summary
At a recent pro-life (or anti-abortion or whatever you want to call it) rally in California, Monica Snyder of the group Secular Pro-Life urged the audience not to forget about the non-religious demographic when making their argument...
In the New Republic, Graeme Wood explains what the Islamic State's ostensible caliphate means to Muslims the world over:The word khalifa means “successor” (to Muhammad), and as such, a rightful caliph can demand the allegiance of all Muslims. Show More Summary
The Christian sculpture at Whitewater Memorial State Park in Liberty, Indiana that caused so much controversy can stay right where it is, says Indiana Department of Natural Resources director Cameron Clark. And Governor Mike Pence is backing him up:
A little roundup:God's face appeared in a cloud over a soon-to-be-demolished drive-in movie theater that was showing (this gives me chills, people!) God's Not Dead. He's perched over the girl's left shoulder, looking like the product of a supernatural tryst between a drunk Dionysus and Charles Darwin.
The Civil Rights Act is an abiding dilemma for members of the right-wing Church of Not Gay. As marriage equality continues to progress, their latest cause celebre is arguing that believers should have the right to refuse service to gay couples – whether they be photographers, bakers, owners of wedding venues, even county clerks – [Read More...]
Kevin Sorbo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Why do so many atheists seem to care so much about religion? If we don't believe in gods or share religious beliefs, why do we spend so much of our time thinking about them, talking about them, writing...Show More Summary
The folks at the Humanist Community at Rutgers have started a project involving all six of the current Humanist chaplaincies (including those at Yale, American, Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford) -- it's a multi-university journal/blog called Applied Sentience:
I just posted earlier today about a Christian sculpture at Whitewater Memorial State Park in Liberty, Indiana: Part of the negative reaction, in addition to the presence of a Christian cross, was the amateur look of the kneeling farmboy/soldier.
Steven Sotloff‘s family is in mourning after footage emerged that appears to show the 31-year-old journalist’s beheading at the hands of ISIS terrorists. “I’m back, Obama, because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State,...Show More Summary
This comic by Redditor jerfoo does an excellent job of explaining the difference between science and religion (only the first panel is below):
Malachi Wilson, a five-year-old citizen of the Navajo Nation, was turned away from his first day at a Texas public school because his hair was too long. School officials ordered him to cut his hair short before returning to the classroom to avoid running afoul of the school’s dress code. Show More Summary
Helen Ukpabio is an evangelical Christian from Nigeria who holds some despicable beliefs:
Earlier this year, LifeWay Research (an evangelical Christian polling group) asked Americans whether or not they prefer to keep "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and, to no one's surprise, they overwhelmingly said yes: The American...Show More Summary
Last month, we learned that Whitewater Memorial State Park in Liberty, Indiana was going to receive a large veterans memorial statue featuring a kneeling soldier next to a cross, all underneath a giant eagle: That sculpture was designed by Dayle Lewis, who didn't hide his faith on his website:
On a recent episode of Star Talk Radio, guest hosted by comedian Eugene Mirman, Bill Nye was asked if he'd ever consider running for higher office.To which he responded: "Neil deGrasse Tyson and I are working on our cabinet."
Zack Weiner offers a terrific response to the tired old line about "Adam & Steve":
In a brief press release issued late this afternoon, the James Randi Educational Foundation announced that its Los Angeles offices would be closing to save some money... oh, and by the way, D.J. Grothe is no longer the JREF Presiden...
Our latest podcast guests are Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein, directors of An Honest Liar (the documentary about James Randi):
In 2013, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, spoke at a conference called Awaken Now.In a clip that just came to my attention, Rodriguez explained how he was invited to pray at a large secular event in Washington, D.C. Show More Summary