Translators aim to bring Richard Dawkins’s books on atheism and evolution to a Muslim audience
Mar 14, 2019

By Julie Zauzmer In the introduction to his 2006 book “The God Delusion,” author Richard Dawkins boldly declares his goal: “If this book works as I intend, religious readers who open it will be atheists when they put it down.” It is a goal that has meant Dawkins’s books have courted controversy ever since. Now, a group …

Religious unaffiliation is growing in the U.S. Why isn’t it in Congress?
Mar 12, 2019

By Bart Worden (RNS) — This fall, voters in the Midwest elected two Muslim women to the U.S. House of Representatives, the first female members of their faith to enter Congress. The same day, Arizona elected Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who, while not the first of her kind, is even rarer: Sinema is the only person …

Humanist Weddings Are Less Likely to End in Divorce
Mar 12, 2019

By Hemant Mehta People who had Humanist wedding ceremonies have a lower rate of divorce compared to those who were married in a church. Humanists UK obtained the information from the Scottish government via a Freedom of Information request. The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service said that Humanist weddings, which have been legal in Scotland since 2005 and began overtaking …

Atheist summits aim to find community, and power, in networking nonbelievers
Mar 11, 2019

By Heather Adams TEMECULA, CALIF. (RNS) — In early March, more than 30 atheist, humanist and secular leaders gathered at a residence overlooking Southern Californian vineyards to discuss politics, social issues and how to draw in more people at a first-ever SoCal Secular Leadership Summit. The event was the first of three summits planned by Secular …

After Dutch Pastors Sign Anti-LGBT Document, Atheists Launch Popular Alternative
Jan 8, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Just days after 250 Dutch pastors signed a translated version of the anti-LGBTQ “Nashville Statement,” a local Humanist group has earned far more signatures with their version of the document that promotes love instead of faith-based bigotry. The document from Humanistisch Verbond stresses the freedom to love “according to your own wishes.” Here’s a roughly translated version of …

There’s (Officially) Not a Single Open Atheist in the New Congress
Jan 3, 2019

By Hemant Mehta When the new members of Congress take their oaths today, we will once again see a House and Senate completely devoid of open atheists… at least officially. But wait! Isn’t Rep. Jared Huffman openly non-theistic? Doesn’t he call himself a “humanist”? Didn’t we make a big deal about that in 2017? Yes. Yes. Yes. However, according …

If Science and Religion are at War, Science is Winning
Dec 26, 2018 · 51 

By David G. McAfee The conflicts between religion and science have existed and been well studied for generations, yet many people deny they exist at all. As someone who studied religion in college, I’ve seen both sides of this. On one hand, it’s true that many people apply religion and science in different ways, meaning they …

Atheists Take Heart (and Office): New Poll Shows Major Support for Nonreligious Candidates
Dec 12, 2018

By Jennifer Bardi In a nation that consistently ranks atheists near the bottom of the “feeling thermometer,” identifying as a nonreligious or humanist candidate has traditionally been seen as a “bad” political move. But a new poll shows there’s virtually no political cost for elected officials to identify as a member of the humanist community. The poll, …

Canada repeals blasphemy law
Dec 12, 2018

By the BC Humanist Association Humanists are cheering the passage of a bill repealing Canada’s prohibition on “blasphemous libel” in the Senate today. Canada’s 19th century blasphemy law will be no more once the bill receives Royal Assent. Ian Bushfield, Executive Director, BC Humanist Association The passage of this Bill is a clear recognition by …

The Mental Health of Atheists and the ‘Nones’
Dec 11, 2018

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. Christmas is approaching, and religious people across the world are preparing with the appropriate prayers, observations, and services. However, a growing proportion of the population is non-religious, and for them, Christmas can be a meaningless, empty, and lonely period. Indeed, a small but growing body of research continues to explore the relationship …

Atheists in Egypt ‘don’t exist’ but are still considered a ‘threat’
Dec 11, 2018

By Amr Ezzat Toward the end of 2009, an Egyptian blogger announced the imminent publication of his book, A Muslim Atheist. The title is reflective of a concept he believes in, based on his experiences: he isn’t Muslim currently; he used to be, but then he became an atheist. However, after a while, he found himself not …

Democrats Finally Acknowledging Secular Voters
Nov 26, 2018 · 1 

By David Niose The recent midterm elections reflect the increasing clout of secular voters, a group that has grown significantly in recent years, and at least one major party is starting to take note. According to polling data released by Pew, 17 percent of voters in 2018 were religiously unaffiliated, up from only 11 percent in 2006 …