FTB’s own Sikivu Hutchinson is interviewed in Psychology Today about secularism and social justice and what she has to say, as always, is fascinating and important. The first question was about a statement she had made about how women of color are drawn to religion despite its constant attempts to oppress them.
Category Archive: Unbelief
Dec 03 2013
Dec 03 2013
Many years ago the Internet Infidels compiled a document called Life in Our Anti-Christian America that made fun of the constant cries of persecution from Christians, many of whom really do see themselves as the victims of terrible mistreatment in the country they almost unilaterally control. Here are a few of the items in that …
Dec 02 2013
My dear friend Jennifer Beahan wrote something explaining what atheists might think about Thanksgiving several years ago and it somehow managed to end up in the Washington Post on Thursday. I think it’s really well done, so here it is in its entirety:
Dec 02 2013
Chris Mooney has an interesting article at Mother Jones listing seven reasons why it’s easier to believe in God and reject evolution. I think most of this is right on the money and it speaks to the question of whether religious belief is, in at least some sense, innate in human beings. A few of …
Nov 30 2013
The Freedom From Religion Foundation won a very important lawsuit this week against the parsonage tax exemption for churches, with their argument being that because it applies only to Christian churches, it is a special benefit for churches and thus unconstitutional. American Atheists has a similar suit going on another case of disparate treatment, the …
Nov 29 2013
Catherine Dunphy, executive director of the Clergy Project, tells an all-too-familiar story at Hemant’s blog. The story is about being shunned by her deeply religious mother over her atheism and it’s pretty heartbreaking to read, especially for those who have endured similar situations (I have not, for the record).
Nov 28 2013
The delightful Shelley Segal, who is tremendously talented and one of the nicest people you could ever meet, delivers a Thanksgiving message about gratitude toward, of all things, stromatolites. But she’s right, we likely wouldn’t be here without them.
Nov 24 2013
Jennifer LeClaire is a terminally clueless columnist for Charisma magazine and she is very upset that some atheists actually try to convince Christians that they’re wrong. She does everything but compare atheists to zombies from the Walking Dead in this column.
Nov 24 2013
The makers of a documentary called A Scarlet Letter have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise the funds to finish the project. They have a website and a trailer, which I’ll put below the fold. The movie “examines how non-belief is stigmatized, why it matters, and the importance of visibility.”
Nov 22 2013
One of the really exciting things going on in atheism are the growing number of Muslims deconverting and becoming atheists. That can be dangerous enough in America — I have ex-Muslim friends who have to hide their disbelief even here — but in Egypt, where atheists are imprisoned, it takes enormous courage even to be …
Nov 20 2013
There’s a happy ending in the controversy over the Kansas City Atheist Coalition being banned from helping out a gospel mission to deliver meals on Thanksgiving. Another Christian group in the city says they would love to have their help for what I think is a very cool event.
Nov 17 2013
On Wednesday, CFI Michigan sponsored a talk by Neil deGrasse Tyson at Grand Valley State University. His talk was hilarious and he was incredibly charming and engaging. It was a blast. I only have one complaint other than the uncomfortable metal chairs we had to sit and and that was Tyson’s answer when asked what …
Nov 15 2013
The media is abuzz with stories about atheist churches, whether it’s the Sunday Assembly gatherings around the country, Jerry DeWitt’s new group in Louisiana, the Houston Oasis or other such entities. My friend Jim Underdown, head of CFI Los Angeles, went to a Sunday Assembly and says pretty much exactly what I would say about …
Nov 14 2013
Here’s an intriguing Indiegogo project seeking funding, a new social network specifically for atheists and humanists in Muslim-dominated Arab nations. The goal would be to prevent their groups from being shut down by Facebook and other current social networks.
Nov 12 2013
A soup kitchen in Spartanburg, South Carolina got a lot of attention a few weeks ago when they refused to allow a local atheist group to volunteer to feed the homeless. Now the Kansas City Atheist Coalition is facing identical treatment. After spending the last few Thanksgivings helping deliver meals to the needy, the mission …