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 · 1 

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 …

Atheist Group Demands Chicago Stop Funding Church Renovations with Taxpayer Cash
Nov 21, 2018

By Hemant Mehta The Supreme Court’s 2017 Trinity Lutheran decision allowed for churches to apply for taxpayer-funded grants as long as it was for a secular reason. But a church in Chicago is under fire after receiving more than $220,000 to advance its religious agenda. According to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the First Church of Deliverance got the money …

Lawsuit targets Texas law allowing only judges, clergy to do weddings
Nov 20, 2018

By Chuck Lindell A federal lawsuit filed by two Texans, including an Austin resident, seeks to overturn a state law that requires weddings to be performed by a member of the clergy or by a judge. Joined by the Center for Inquiry — a national nonprofit that seeks to foster a secular society based on …

Non-Religious Voters Are Turning Into a Powerful Voting Bloc for Democrats
Nov 20, 2018

By Hemant Mehta We know evangelical Christians are predominantly conservative and support Republicans. The reason Donald Trump maintains his power is because the Christian Right refuses to waver in its support of him, no matter how obvious his incompetence is to everybody else. We also know roughly 81% of white evangelicals voted for Trump in 2016, helping …

Wentzville (MO) Settles Case With Atheist Who Criticized “In God We Trust” Sign
Nov 16, 2018

By Hemant Mehta Back in February, atheist activist Sally Hunt attended a meeting of the Board of Aldermen in Wentzville, Missouri to criticize the “In God We Trust” sign they had in giant letters in their meeting room. You can hear her speech in that video. It’s direct, but it’s calm. Hunt explained the history of the …