In the military, each soldier is allowed to specify a religious identification on their dog tags and in official records, but their choices are limited to a list of approved designations. For a long time, one could only identify as “no religious preference” if they were an atheist or humanist, but that is finally changing.
Category Archive: Humanism
Apr 24 2014
Apr 24 2014
One of the things I’m most excited about for the upcoming Humanism at Work conference is talking to the Pathfinders who have been traveling the world helping people for the past year. I want to hear their stories and learn from their experiences, some of which Wendy Webber has recounted in the latest issue of …
Apr 24 2014
Dan Fincke has a great essay on the importance of organized humanist charity, with a special shout out to the Foundation Beyond Belief and the Humanism at Work conference I’m organizing for July in Chicago. As usual, he expresses my position with far more depth and eloquence than I could ever do.
Apr 22 2014
Chris Stedman’s latest column expresses a position I have come to hold more and more strongly over the last year or so, which is that atheists and humanists need to build communities and engage in service projects that help better the human condition locally, nationally and globally. He makes the argument that Dale McGowan has …
Apr 22 2014
This is a guest post by John Shook, who has started a fascinating new project called Partners for Secular Activism (PSA). It’s an online platform for classes that teach about skepticism, atheism and related topics. In this post, he explains exactly what the plans are and who is involved.
Apr 18 2014
Sasha Sagan, daughter of the late, great Carl Sagan, has an article in New York magazine about how her father taught her about the nature of life and death with the humanity and sense of wonder that made him such a treasure to so many of us over the decades.
Apr 05 2014
The Foundation Beyond Belief, for whom I am the media relations coordinator, has chosen the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty as the recipient of its 2nd quarter 2014 Challenge the Gap grant. A humanist foundation supporting a Baptist group? Yep. And for good reason.
Apr 04 2014
The thing I like the most about the Pathfinders Project is the approach taken by the young people involved, led by Conor Robinson. They didn’t go into their year of volunteerism in other countries thinking they were the white saviors coming to help but as people coming to learn from local residents and to find …
Apr 03 2014
Jacob Slomka, the 10-year old prodigy that famously asked Neil deGrasse Tyson about ways to deflect asteroids when he was here to speak late last year, continues to get attention. Now he’s featured in an article from Ellen DeGeneres’ website as one of their “good news” items.
Mar 21 2014
I didn’t think I could respect and admire Nate Phelps more than I already did, but I was wrong. On Thursday he released this eloquent, compassionate and moving statement about the death of his father, Fred Phelps, founder of the hateful cult the Westboro Baptist Church.
Mar 12 2014
I really love this essay by Amy Roth (aka Surly Amy) wherein she issues a challenge to the atheist and skeptical community to do something positive, even something very small, to help other people. Her thoughts are very much in line with where I’ve been heading with my activism over the last year or so.
Mar 11 2014
Here’s a story that is both sad and thrilling at the same time. It’s sad that there are kids who can’t afford to eat lunch while at school, but I love the example showed by this young kid here in Michigan to raise money to make sure they can. Whether he knows it or not, …
Mar 10 2014
As the reboot of the famous Cosmos TV show is set to begin, with Neil deGrasse Tyson at the helm, original host Carl Sagan is the subject of a great deal of discussion. Kimberly Winston at the Washington Post looks at Sagan’s enormous influence in the atheist, skeptic and humanist community and quotes a lot …
Mar 06 2014
Some of the things the Pathfinders have done around the world in the first few months of their journey has been difficult to quantify. They’ve worked with kids in humanist schools and helped people at refugee camps. But here’s a very clear example we can point to of something they did: Opened a water purification …
Feb 28 2014
Like many of you, I have friends who have benefited greatly from Alcoholics Anonymous and similar programs. But I also think it’s very important to have secular alternatives to those programs and, unfortunately, Secular Organizations for Sobriety/Save Our Selves is in dire financial need to continue operating. Ophelia put up a guest post that explains …