Atheist Wins Re-Election to New Jersey General Assembly (Again)
Nov 6, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Andrew Zwicker is exactly the kind of person you wish were in elected office but almost never is. He’s not only a physicist, he’s the Head of Science Education at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Unlike the Republicans who treat science as a four-letter word, Zwicker, a Democrat, is a proud advocate of the STEM fields. In …

Pete Buttigieg Was Asked to Hire a Secular Outreach Director. (He Didn’t Bite.)
Nov 4, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Atheist activist Justin Scott, the Iowa State Director for American Atheists, wasn’t picked to ask Pete Buttigieg a question during a town hall in Iowa. But while waiting to shake hands with the Democratic presidential candidate, Justin asked if he’d consider hiring a Secular Outreach Director now that he’s already hired a person to connect with people of …

Joe Biden Told an Atheist He Doesn’t Have a Faith Outreach Director. (He Does.)
Oct 31, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Atheist activist Justin Scott, the Iowa State Director for American Atheists, has done it again. Yesterday, at a town hall in Maquoketa, Iowa, he had the chance to ask Joe Biden the same question he asked Elizabeth Warren: Would he consider hiring a Secular Outreach Director? (Someone in that position would stress to non-religious voters that the candidate …

Former pastor Ryan Bell on why he abandoned his Christian faith: I gave it my best shot
Oct 30, 2019

By Leonardo Blair Ryan J. Bell, former pastor of the Hollywood Adventist Church in California, launched an experiment to live without God on New Year’s Eve in 2013 after preaching for 20 years. A year later, he concluded that God did not exist. Five years into that decision, he admits that for a while he missed Christianity, …

I lost my faith in a Chick-fil-A
Oct 28, 2019

By Luke Douglas If I believe in God and He exists, I’ve gained everything. If I believe in God and He doesn’t exist, I’ve lost nothing. If I disbelieve, and He does exist, I’ve lost everything. Therefore, a rational person who has any doubt should take the leap of faith just in case. I don’t …

Presidential Candidate Julián Castro: “I Don’t Consider Atheism a Dirty Word”
Oct 25, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Just days after he got Sen. Elizabeth Warren to say she’d consider hiring a Secular Outreach Director for her presidential campaign, Justin Scott, the Iowa State Director for American Atheists, had a chance to speak to former Obama Cabinet member and current presidential candidate Julián Castro during a meeting at the University of Northern Iowa. He asked Castro what …

Elizabeth Warren Says She’ll Consider Hiring a “Secular Outreach Director”
Oct 23, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Sen. Elizabeth Warren said during a town hall meeting in Cedar Falls, Iowa last night that she would think about hiring a staffer whose sole job would be to connect with Americans who aren’t religious. Among the Democratic presidential candidates who have hired “faith outreach directors” to communicate specifically with religious voters …

An Atheist Asked Tom Steyer How He’d Handle Anti-Science Christians as President
Oct 22, 2019

By Megan Hamilton During a town hall meeting at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Justin Scott, the Iowa State Director for American Atheists, asked 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer a very pointed question that, at its core, highlights perhaps the biggest difference between atheists and white evangelical Christians. Specifically, Scott wanted to know how …

In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
Oct 18, 2019

By the Pew Research Center The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated …

‘Ron Reagan’ trends after atheist group runs ad during Democratic primary debate
Oct 16, 2019 · 1 

By Yaron Steinbuch Ron Reagan crashed the Democratic presidential primary debate Tuesday night with a plug for an atheist group that turned his name into the top trending search on Google – as he declared that he was “not afraid of burning in hell.” “Hi, I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist,” the 61-year-old son of …

Barr slams attacks on religious values, says ‘moral upheaval’ leading to societal ills
Oct 14, 2019 · 2 

By David Shortell Attorney General Bill Barr decried attacks on religious values in a speech Friday, tying a movement of “militant secularism” to societal maladies including the opioid epidemic and “an increase in senseless violence.” Speaking to an audience at the University of Notre Dame Law School, Barr outlined a grim vision of cultural trends, saying a …

After Simple Request, Indiana Official Tells Atheists to Stop “Causing Trouble”
Oct 10, 2019

By Hemant Mehta During a meeting of the Porter County Board of Commissioners in Indiana yesterday, there was a heated discussion over who could use the local courthouse lawn on December 6, where religious displays had previously been allowed. For years now, a local non-profit group called Valparaiso Events has booked the space for a …