Hemant has been trying like hell to donate $3000 contributed by his readers to the town of Morton Grove, Illinois and they keep insisting on not taking it. Originally it was to make up for the loss of a donation from the American Legion to a public park there, but the park board said no. …
Category Archive: Unbelief
Dec 17 2013
I have long found it odd that, alone among the world’s religions, Judaism maintains that your identity as a Jew continues even if you reject everything about the religion. David Silverman used to believe that, but in writing his new book he came to the opposite conclusion.
Dec 13 2013
Jennifer Michael Hecht has an article at Politico urging atheist politicians to come out of the closet and be open about it rather than hiding that reality in order to retain their political viability. Speaking of Barney Frank coming out as an atheist after he left office, she writes:
Dec 13 2013
The International Humanist and Ethical Union has released the Freedom of Thought Report 2013, which documents rampant discrimination against and persecution of the non-religious in countries around the globe. You can download the full report here.
Dec 11 2013
Greg Stier, who fancies himself something of an expert on proselytizing, has a column in Charisma News explaining to his fellow Christians how to witness to atheists. He uses a conversation he had with an atheist on a plane and gets some things rather annoying wrong. Like this:
Dec 09 2013
The Springfield Area Freethinkers are showing secular groups around the country how you do a holiday display on public property where there are religious displays. This display does not insult or offend, it offers a positive, inspirational statement.
Dec 05 2013
Hey, you guys remember when I humiliated JT Eberhard, crushing his spirit and ripping his soul from his body and making him wear a t-shirt that says “Ed Brayton is a poker god”? Well I’m gonna do it again — and you get to watch. And it’s all to raise money for the Leukemia and …
Dec 05 2013
A few weeks ago the American Legion in Morton Grove, Illinois decided to withhold it’s annual $2600 donation to that city’s park district because one member of the park board does not recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Hemant Mehta, as he often does, stepped up to the plate, had a fundraiser and sent them a …
Dec 03 2013
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.
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.