Secular VIP of the Week: Roy Speckhardt
May 12, 2014

Roy Speckhardt is Executive Director of the American Humanist Association, the largest humanist group in the United States. Together with their 200 local chapters, the AHA advocates for nonbelief, supports local events, and produces articles, magazines, and a podcast. Roy spoke with Johnny Monsarrat for this interview at the AHA's headquarters in Washington DC. Roy …

Irrational apathy: do we descend into irrationality when it comes to ethics?
May 7, 2014

In science, apathy might well be the key to irrationality.   No matter the brilliance of the idea, if we do not explain it then it’s worthless. No matter the manner of the explanation, if it can’t be demonstrated then it is pointless. And no matter the desirability of the idea, if it can’t be …

Caption Contest: Noah
Apr 28, 2014

Here is the winner of our Noah’s Ark caption contest! It was no easy choice but the caption that made us laugh the most was:   1. If Jerry Coyne were Noah. – samitchell79 We were all impressed with our runners up, too. Thanks for giving everyone at RDF and its readers a good laugh. …

Secular VIP of the Week: Michael Goudeau
Apr 28, 2014

If Penn & Teller had a third name on their act, it might be Michael Goudeau, the creative partner and producer of the podcast, Penn's Sunday School, and the winner of ten Emmy nominations for producing and writing on the Penn & Teller Showtime TV series Bullshit!. He's also the most successful juggler in Las …

Secular VIP of the Week: Aron Ra
Apr 15, 2014

Aron Ra, also known as the Texan Tank, is an atheist vlogger and activist. He is also the Texas State Director of American Atheists. His videos focus mainly on evidence for evolution, a topic he's been interested in since his early years. He just couldn't believe the stories in the Bible were real, and even got …

Is it Wrong to Talk People Out of Their Faith?
Apr 13, 2014

"Why would you want to take away someone's faith if it gives them comfort?" If you've done a good job discussing faith/religion/god with a believer, then you'll probably hear something like this. To get to this point, you must have already disarmed all of their evidence and reasoning, or else they'd provide some more of …

Question of the Week: Atheist Parenting
Apr 9, 2014

What challenges do you believe atheist parents face and how would you overcome them? Let us know in the comments below. Deadline for the contest is April 15, 2014. Winners receive a copy of An Appetite for Wonder by Richard Dawkins. Written By: RDFRS

Secular VIP of the Week: Muhammed Syed
Apr 9, 2014

Muhammed Syed is one of the founders of the Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA), a recently formed independent group that supports people trying to leave Islam and those who have already.  They work to provide a welcoming community and help during the difficult transition ex-Muslims face. He recently sat down with us to discuss his …

Faith Stretches Further Than Religion.
Apr 7, 2014

Throughout my time writing on ethics, I have always made one value very clear: there are issues in politics which it is possible to be right and wrong about. It is easy, in an environment such as this, to note examples such as the presently occupied homophobic positions of many US politicians. Most rationally inclined …

Secular VIP of the Week: Guillermo Paz-y-Mino-C
Apr 1, 2014

Guillermo Paz-y-Mino-C is an Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Biology at UMass Dartmouth, the author of Evolution Stands Faith Up: Reflections on Evolution's Wars (Science, Evolution and Creationism), and a leading public speaker in the secular community. His work on the incompatibility hypothesis 'science versus supernatural causation' has been featured in The Boston Globe, The Standard …

Secular VIP of the Week: Hemant Mehta
Mar 25, 2014

Hemant Mehta must be the coolest high school math teacher around, because he's also one of the most popular atheist bloggers in the secular community, and the author of The Young Atheist's Survival Guide. When he says that he won't harm a fly, he really means it. He spoke with Johnny Monsarrat for this Richard …

How Atheism, Skepticism, and Humanism Changed My Life – and how it can Change Yours
Mar 24, 2014

I was once taught to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. I was once taught to believe that God is the one true god. I was once taught to believe that all things are possible only through him. I was once taught that non-Christians weren’t good people. I was once taught that only Christianity could …