Is faith the world’s most effective placebo?
Aug 31, 2013

My 15 minutes of fame, courtesy of an article in the Washington Post featuring me as an atheist who prays to an invented God in order to facilitate my participation in a 12-step recovery program, provoked a little tempest in the teapot of atheist blog postings and commentary. My fellow atheists have suggested, not always politely, that …

New Jersey bans ‘ATHEIST’ vanity plate, calls it ‘offensive’
Aug 29, 2013

Update: As public backlash was growing, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission reversed its decision on Wednesday, approving American Atheists President David Silverman’s application for custom license plates reading “ATHE1ST.”  American Atheists, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is a national non-profit dedicated to fighting discrimination against atheists. Read more The New Jersey Motor Vehicle …

Effectively Criticizing Religious Belief: Punching Up and Other Rules of Thumb
Aug 22, 2013

For most of my adult life, as short as that’s been, I’ve been thinking about how best to engage with religious believers. Discussions and arguments often seem as if they’re little more than intellectual shadow boxing—we lay out our practiced arguments, talk past our opponent, and take cheap shots to let our side know how …

Effectively Criticizing Religious Belief: Punching Up and Other Rules of Thumb
Aug 22, 2013

For most of my adult life, as short as that’s been, I’ve been thinking about how best to engage with religious believers. Discussions and arguments often seem as if they’re little more than intellectual shadow boxing—we lay out our practiced arguments, talk past our opponent, and take cheap shots to let our side know how …

Effectively Criticizing Religious Belief: Punching Up and Other Rules of Thumb
Aug 22, 2013

For most of my adult life, as short as that’s been, I’ve been thinking about how best to engage with religious believers. Discussions and arguments often seem as if they’re little more than intellectual shadow boxing—we lay out our practiced arguments, talk past our opponent, and take cheap shots to let our side know how …

Effectively Criticizing Religious Belief: Punching Up and Other Rules of Thumb
Aug 22, 2013 · 19 

For most of my adult life, as short as that’s been, I’ve been thinking about how best to engage with religious believers. Discussions and arguments often seem as if they’re little more than intellectual shadow boxing—we lay out our practiced arguments, talk past our opponent, and take cheap shots to let our side know how …

R. Elisabeth Cornwell – We Are Atheism
Jun 16, 2013 · 17 

This short video was shot in February 2013 for the We Are Atheism project.   The We Are Atheism project will: Provide an outlet for atheists to feel comfortable to come out of the closet. Always let visitors know there are other people out there that are non-believers just like them. Help people find other …

Announcing the RDF YouTube for Nonprofits Channel – with Spanish subtitles
Jun 12, 2013 · 17 

RDF has been accepted into the Google for Nonprofits program. The program offers a variety of tools to help with promotion and fundraising for our cause. For example, our YouTube channel will have cool new features like Connect with supporters, volunteers, and donors who can watch and share your videos on YouTube. Drive viewers to action …

Richard Dawkins and Herb Silverman in Charleston
May 2, 2013 · 19 

The event was co-sponsored by Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry, College of Charleston Secular Students, and the college's departments of philosophy, biology, and religious studies. Herb Silverman, founder of SHL and president emeritus of the Secular Coalition for America, extended the invitation for Dawkins to give a talk. College of Charleston March 9, 2013 This video records …

I’m an atheist because…
Dec 17, 2012 · 478 

A few weeks ago, still fumbling to spread my unaccustomed Twitter wings, I wondered aloud what had led certain categories of religious people to forsake their faith. This touched off a rather exhilarating free-for-all, in which ex-believers from many faiths condensed into 140 characters their own reasons for becoming ex. After the first few days, …

A very atheist Christmas
Dec 4, 2012 · 47 

When people find out I’m an atheist, the question often comes up about what I do during the Christmas holidays. There is an assumption that atheists don’t ‘do Christmas,’ so they are surprised when I say how much I love it. Most atheists grew up in religious households, and most of us grew up with …

A very atheist Christmas
Dec 4, 2012

When people find out I’m an atheist, the question often comes up about what I do during the Christmas holidays. There is an assumption that atheists don’t ‘do Christmas,’ so they are surprised when I say how much I love it. Most atheists grew up in religious households, and most of us grew up with …