Category Archives: secularism

“Nones” rise again in the U.S.

The last time I looked, the proportion of “nones”—those people who don’t describe themselves as formally affiliated with a church and don’t usually go to church—was about 15% in the U.S. Now, a new study suggests it can be as high as—wait for it—38%! I like that, for Professor Ceiling Cat long ago predicted that America was […]

Guest post: How to make a mess of modernity

Reader Grania Spingies, one of the founders of Atheist Ireland, has kindly consented to write about the blasphemy law that is still on the books in Ireland. How to Make a Mess of Modernity by Grania Spingies Ireland should soon be having a referendum on whether to remove blasphemy as a criminal offence from the statute books. A […]

Anthony Grayling: why we need secularism

Someone asked about a statement I attributed to philosopher Anthony Grayling: a statement about how all religions would be repressive if they had complete political power.  I’ve found at least one Grayling quote to that effect, and I commend it to the attention of the citizens of Lebanon, Missouri. It’s from his essay “The secular and […]

Maryam Namazie interviews A.C. Grayling

Here’s a half-hour discussion of secularism, its highlight a conversation between Maryam Namazie and Anthony Grayling. The interview is bookended by her conversation with Fariborz Pooya, and Bahram Soroush, who I assume are her colleagues on one or another of the anti-Islamic committees in which she’s active. The interview with Grayling begins at 3:15 and lasts until 22:16. […]

Ron Reagan’s ad for the FFRF

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), our Official Website Secular Organization™, has sent its members a link to a brand-new secularist ad by Ron Reagan, son of the late President. Reagan fils is, of course, a longstanding and outspoken atheist, and has won the FFRF’s “Emperor Has No Clothes” award. I love the last line. It […]

Good news for secularism: Part II. Belief in the supernatural declines in U.S., acceptance of evolution rises

This is a post about a poll, but it’s a very interesting poll, both because it shows the high level of superstition in the U.S. and also shows that that superstition—which includes religious belief—is steadily declining.  Do read the results if you have time. According to a new Harris Poll (2250 U.S. adults surveyed this […]

Good news for secularism. I. Meatballs make baby Jesus cry in Florida

If you can’t lick ‘em, join ‘em—or rather, slurp them. reports for the first of today’s Good News for Secularism posts (there will be several): The most recently approved display in the Florida Capitol is one from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. A desk chair with a shredded cardboard representation of its deity […]

A new Polish rationalist website, now with more cat

My dear friends Andrzej Koraszewski and Malgorzata Koraszewska, who previously did all the work on the Polish website Racjonalista (and who are owned by Hili, the the most famous cat in Poland), have left that site to start their own: “Listy z naszego sadu” (“Letters from our orchard”). It’s attractively laid out and will contain […]

The burqa issue resurfaces

First, let’s review what a burqa is, as it’s often confused with other Muslim garments and even with headscarves. It’s the full-length body covering worn by some Muslim women, and usually includes a head covering with a veil over the eyes, completely obscuring the face. Here are two women wearing the garment: Three years ago, […]

Happy Fourth from the FFRF

Greg Mayer reports that the Freedom From Religion Foundation (the Official Website Secular Organization™) has a full-page ad in today’s New York Times (page A7 of the paper edition).  I couldn’t find it either online or at the FFRF site, so Greg kindly photographed it for me. It celebrates America’s secular origins: Do join the […]


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