My friend Aubrey Adrianson, the faculty adviser for the SSA club at Ferris State University, is working on a new book called A Secular Parent’s Guide to Teach Religion. She’s got a Kickstarter project set up for it, through which you can get a free copy of the book when it’s finished. And you can …
Category Archive: Unbelief
May 20 2013
May 13 2013
American Atheists is looking to hire a Public Policy Director, to work out of a satellite office in Washington, DC. No, I will not be applying for the job. But I thought there might be someone else out there who might be interested. Details on the job and how to apply below the fold.
May 10 2013
This is actually a few weeks old, but I just saw it. At the end of March, Frans de Waal wrote an essay at Salon.com that was quite inane and my friend James Croft wrote a typically thoughtful piece in response to it. He begins by quoting this section:
May 09 2013
Greta Christina has a post about the argument, which I frankly find utterly bizarre, that atheist individuals and organizations should not focus on social justice issues because this would constitute “mission drift.” I think this nails it quite well:
May 09 2013
Emily Dietle has a guest post on her blog from Steph Le Gardener about being disowned by her Jehovah’s Witness family. I know many such stories, some of which are being written up in a book by Bridget Gaudette. Steph’s story is quite heartbreaking:
May 08 2013
The passive distribution of atheist and secular pamphlets at a number of schools in Orange County, Florida took place last week but there was some apparent tampering. The table included an invitation to an event, as the Bibles that were distributed earlier, but those invitations were apparently taken out. The local Fox station had a …
May 06 2013
As soon as I saw that Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx had issued a declaration of Thursday as a Day of Reason, I was counting the minutes until the first wingnut tried to tie him to Adolf Hitler. Penny Nance, come on down. You’re the next contestant on You’re Always Wrong.
May 04 2013
One of the things I’m doing for the Foundation Beyond Belief these days is writing blog posts about some of the organizations that have been the beneficiary of FBB grants. The most recent that I’ve written about is Bernie’s Book Bank, which is doing some really great work in the Chicago area. I’ll put the …
May 03 2013
Here’s a bit of good news. A collection of atheist, agnostic and humanist books will be made available to students at schools in Orange County, Florida on May 2. This resulted from a consent decree in a court case over the distribution of Bibles in those same schools.
May 02 2013
Today is the official National Day of Prayer, declared so by congressional decree. As an alternative, the American Humanist Association has also declared it to be the National Day of Reason. And one of the supporters of this idea is Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina and the nominee to be the next …
Apr 30 2013
This week is SSA Week, when the Secular Student Alliance does their annual fundraising push. Since I consider the SSA to be quite possibly the most important organization in the entire movement, I strongly urge everyone to support them in any way they can.
Apr 22 2013
The Barna Group has an interesting report on just how “post-Christian” America has become and is becoming. They try to go beyond mere labels and look at what people actually believe, using 15 different specific attributes. Here’s how they defined it:
Apr 19 2013
Andrew Sullivan recently quoted Susan Jacoby on the subject of leaving religion for atheism. Susan said, in essence, that people do not deconvert on the basis of a single powerful argument expressed to them but by the accretion of doubts in their own mind. It included this statement:
Apr 16 2013
I spent the weekend traveling to Reason on the Bayou as one of many excellent speakers and had an absolute blast even in my sleep-deprived state. Chad Thibodeaux and the LSU Secular Student Alliance did a terrific job of putting on the event and the audience was welcoming and enthusiastic. So here are a few …
Apr 16 2013
For any thinking person, there are bound to be a handful of books that had such a powerful impact on them that they have returned to them again and again throughout their lives. I thought it would be interesting to hear what books my readers would identify for them, so I’ll start by reposting something …