What the Hell, Orlando Sentinel?

I sent out a press release for the Week of Action, which is taking place right now, and was happy to see that the Orlando Sentinel picked up on it and published an article about it. But very oddly, they decided to put a video on top of the story about American Atheists suing over the World Trade Center cross. What on earth does that have to do with the Week of Action or the Foundation Beyond Belief? It’s like they’re intentionally trying to discredit us with a totally unrelated video that they know will be unpopular.

What Nietzsche Has to Teach Us About Atheism and Humanism

On Thursday evening I sat in on one of Dan Fincke’s online courses on Nietzche, during which time we read part of Thus Spake Zarathustra. It was a very interesting couple hours and I learned much. I had never read Nietzsche before and only really knew of him from reading H.L. Mencken and I was struck by how similar their views were on a great many subjects. Dan is a terrific teacher, offering insights into the text that had missed me completely several times. And this passage from the book really spoke to me. He’s describing these three transformations, from camel to lion to child.
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Military Personnel Can Officially be Humanist

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.
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Stedman on ‘Atheism Without Works’

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 been making for years:
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The Right Way to Volunteer Abroad

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 ways to help them help themselves. Conor writes about the importance of the “volunteering to learn” approach:
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