People Are Explaining Why They Left Church Using the Hashtag #ILeftBecause
Nov 18, 2020

By Hemant Mehta On Monday, conservative Rod Dreher wrote about why Millennials were abandoning evangelical Christianity. Someone whose kids walked away from the faith, Dreher said, blamed Donald Trump and the MAGA-ness of so many churches, but Dreher didn’t believe that was the full extent of it. He posted a letter from a different reader that offered even more suggestions: …

Atheist and Freethinker Candidates Make Electoral Gains
Nov 11, 2020

By Ron Millar Humanists across the nation and around the world are joining in the celebration of Donald Trump’s defeat. We can now embrace hope for progress in a way that wasn’t possible these last four years. While we don’t wish to sink to his level of strident demonization, we do need to recognize that …

How Should an Atheist Think About Death?
Oct 22, 2020 · 6 

By George Yancy In five previous interviews in this series we’ve explored the Buddhist, Jain, Taoist, Jewish and Christian views on death and the afterlife. But what about those without any religious faith or belief in God? Why not, some readers have asked, interview an atheist? So we did. Today’s conversation is with Todd May, the author …

I am Mohamed and I am an Egyptian atheist
Oct 20, 2020 · 1 

By Mohamed Hisham I am Mohamed, an Egyptian human rights activist. When I was a small child, my parents had a keen interest in my religious education. I attended a school to learn the Koran by heart and I prayed several times a day in a mosque.  Islam took over much of my childhood and …

Nonedecision 2020: Secular Voters Disagree on More than Candidates
Oct 19, 2020

By Juhem Navarro-Rivera Most secular Americans are expected to vote for the Democratic Party candidate in November, as secular voters have done for nearly four decades. While nearly seven in ten secular voters plan on voting for Joe Biden, a substantial minority will support President Donald Trump’s reelection bid. The 2020 Secular Voices Survey, a poll of 2,000 …

Black skeptics uplift their community through social justice
Oct 16, 2020

By Alejandra Molina Darrin Johnson would like nothing better than to rid the Black community of organized religion. The way Johnson sees it, Black people “don’t need outside beliefs or higher powers.” “We have power,” Johnson said. “We are powerful entities. We just need to use that power.” As an organizer with his local Black …

The 2020 election’s most crucial faith group is one you’ve never heard of
Oct 16, 2020 · 9 

By Ryan Burge There’s been a lot of discussion about the role of religion in the current presidential election, with pundits prognosticating whether President Donald Trump can still count on 80% of white evangelicals to vote for him as they did in 2016, or whether Joe Biden, an old-school Northeastern white Catholic, can erode his …

Pay Attention, Democrats: Research Shows Secular Americans Are a Voting Bloc
Oct 9, 2020

By Dr. Juhem Navarro-Rivera For more than a decade, I have been chronicling the growth of the secular population, focusing my research particularly on their political behavior. We know that most secular voters in the U.S. vote for Democratic Party presidential candidates. We also know that secular people’s policy preferences and ideological views are to the left of the …

Why is it so hard for atheists to get voted in to Congress?
Oct 8, 2020

By Phil Zuckerman Every election cycle has its “firsts.” This year, the selection of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate presented the U.S. with its first politician of Indian heritage – and the first Black woman – to be on a major party ticket. It followed Hillary Clinton’s becoming the first woman to win the popular vote for president in …

Satanic Temple sues company that rejected group’s billboards in Arkansas
Oct 2, 2020

By the Associated Press A lawsuit filed by the Satanic Temple alleges that an advertising company unfairly refused to display some billboards promoting a ritual offered by the group to help people bypass abortion rules in some states. The group, based in Salem, Massachusetts, announced Wednesday that it has sued Lamar Advertising in Arkansas state …

Freedom From Religion group sues Alabama over ‘So help me God’ voter oath
Oct 2, 2020

By Greg Garrison The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Alabama’s mandatory religious oath for voter registration. Alabama is the only state in the country that requires voters to register on a form mandating they swear “so help me God,” without allowing any option of a secular affirmation, the Madison, Wisconsin-based …

What Secularists Can Learn From the Religious Right About Accessing Power
Oct 1, 2020

By Jeffrey Guhin It’s easy to be cynical about the religious right, and, by extension, the direction of our country. Despite representing fewer and fewer American each year, they continue to exploit advantages baked into the Constitution via the Senate, the Electoral College, and the Supreme Court. They are now about to flip to the court a 6–3 conservative majority that …