A Record 60% of Americans Say They Could Vote for an Atheist President
May 10, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Every few years, Gallup asks Americans a version of this question: “If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be _____, would you vote for that person?” Just about every time they’ve asked that question, “atheist” has been at the bottom of the list. (Atheists are unelectable! the …

It’s time for us to have an unapologetic atheist in the Oval Office
May 9, 2019

By Max Boot Among the 21 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination, virtually every ethnic, religious and sexual identity is represented. There’s a gay man, six women, three African Americans, a Chinese American, multiple Catholics and Protestants, even a Hindu. (Hindus are 0.7 percent of the population.) But there is one conspicuous absence: Not a single candidate publicly identifies as an atheist. That’s …

Here are 8 simple ways right-wing evangelicals are driving Americans to atheism
May 7, 2019

By Valerie Tarico If the Catholic Bishops, their Evangelical Protestant allies, and other Right-wing fundamentalists had the sole objective of decimating religious belief, they couldn’t be doing a better job of it. Testimonials at sites like ExChristian.net show that people leave religion for a number of reasons, many of which religious leaders have very little …

Pete Buttigieg, please don’t equate religion with morality
May 2, 2019

By Kate Cohen “I’m not necessarily going to vote for him,” I told my husband a week ago when he found me furtively watching yet another interview with presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg. “I just like listening to him.” It was like any YouTube obsession: One video naturally led to the next. I kept clicking, and …

Organized religion is losing its followers
Apr 23, 2019 · 2 

By Jennifer Rubin CNN reports, “For the first time ‘No Religion’ has topped a survey of Americans’ religious identity, according to a new analysis by a political scientist. The non-religious edged out Catholics and evangelicals in the long-running General Social Survey.” Ryan Burge, a political scientist at Eastern Illinois University and a Baptist pastor, found …

Appeals court rules House chaplain can reject secular prayers
Apr 22, 2019 · 3 

By Tal Alexrod A federal appeals court handed a legal victory to House Rev. Patrick J. Conroy on Good Friday when it ruled he cannot be forced to let an atheist offer a secular prayer on the chamber floor. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed a claim brought by Dan Barker, co-president …

Bangladesh starlet apologises after ‘atheist’ comments
Apr 17, 2019

By the AFP A Bangladeshi actress has been forced to apologise after remarks construed as admitting atheism in a country where people have been murdered for renouncing religion. Safa Kabir, an actress and model who has appeared in top Bangladeshi television dramas, told a private radio station this week she did not believe in the …

In Los Angeles, a house for all heretics
Apr 10, 2019

By Heather Adams With dozens of hymnals in her home, Bobbie Kirkhart can often be heard singing sacred songs to herself. But listen closely and you’ll likely notice she’s changed a word or two. Kirkhart, 75, sees no reason she should abandon the music she grew up with, even if she has left her faith …

Iraq’s atheists go underground as Sunni, Shiite hard-liners dominate
Apr 8, 2019 · 2 

By F. Brinley Bruton Fadi does not believe in God, and he is terrified. In a Baghdad cafe, the medical student sits far from other customers, and glances over his shoulder to make sure nobody is watching and listening. “I am afraid of being discovered — then I would be killed,” he says in a …

Humanist Delivers Invocation in AZ Senate: “Be the Curators of Inspiration”
Apr 2, 2019 · 22 

By Hemant Mehta Yesterday morning, Robert Peoples of the Affinis Humanity Coalition delivered a secular invocation before the Arizona State Senate as a guest of State Senator Andrea Dalessandro and the Secular Coalition for Arizona. If you want to see how someone can be inspirational without talking about God, you have to check this out. Thank you for the introduction and welcoming …

In Nebraska, Atheists Now Have Their Own Caucus in the Democratic Party
Apr 1, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Over the past few years, the Democratic Party has approved the formation of a “Secular Caucus” in a handful of states. Texas, Utah, and Arizona have all said yes to taking into account atheists’ ideas when drafting platform measures and advising candidates. (The Libertarian Party has also done the same thanks to a former New Hampshire representative.) It’s …

Cory Booker: “I Would Rather Hang Out With a Nice Atheist Than a Mean Christian”
Mar 28, 2019

By Hemant Mehta During a CNN Town Hall tonight, Democratic presidential candidate (and New Jersey senator) Cory Booker was asked how faith would influence him if he were in the White House. That’s always a dangerous question, certainly among progressives. I don’t want faith influencing his policies, but obviously religious beliefs are going to influence their outlook. When similar …