Category Archives: freedom from religion

A British judge rules that mother can’t indoctrinate son with religion

Perhaps the statement from a New Atheist that most angers believers (or faitheists) is Richard Dawkins’s characterization of religious indoctrination of children as “child abuse.”  Yes, them’s strong words, but there’s something to be said for their truth. Of course it depends on the religion, but nearly all forms of parental teaching about religion abuse the […]

My Slate article on the dangers of faith healing

I’ve been meaning to write this piece for Slate for a while, but couldn’t get to it because of The Albatross. As it turns out, the piece, about the unconscionable exemptions from prosecution given to religious people when they injure their children by using faith “healing” instead of western medicine, deals with themes in the last […]

Brother Tayler’s Sunday Sermon: The National Day of Prayer

For the next couple of weeks I’ll be busy doing Important Cat Stuff, mostly related to the book, so posting may be a bit thin. However, like Maru, I do my best. Jeffrey Tayler, mirabile dictu, continues his series of antitheist articles in the Sunday Salon, and, if anything, his language has gotten more “strident,” […]

Two readers testify that evolution helped them give up religion

Since Tuesday I’ve gotten two heartening letters from readers, both erstwhile religionists who abandoned their faith at least partly after learning about evolution. One was a Mormon, the other a Jehovah’s Witness. And both gave me permission to publish their emails and their identities. I have to admit that I’m pleased that I was given credit […]

Canadian reader files lawsuit against prayers at city council meeting

Here’s an activist reader: Veronica Abbass of Ontario filed suit against the Peterborough City Council for opening its meetings with prayers. This was back in 2012, but, as I reported recently, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled last week that, in Quebec, the Saguenay City Council couldn’t say prayers at its meetings, for that violated the Quebec Charter […]

Canada bans prayers at all city council meetings

Several readers, most of them proud Canadians, sent me links to articles about the new ruling of Canada’s Supreme Court: there will be no prayers uttered in city council meetings—anywhere in that big and diverse country. Although I’m sure that practice is nowhere near as pervasive there as it is in the U.S., it’s still […]

Tennessee legislature tries to make the Bible the Official State Book

There is no end to the LOLs provided by Southern legislatures who try, in obvious defiance of the Constitution’s First Amendment, to institutionalize Christianity as a state-approved faith. This time it’s Tennessee, in which a fast-tracked bill seems on its way to passage.  According to The Tennesseean: Senate and House committees overwhelmingly approved measures Tuesday […]

The sanest city in the U.S.

Fill in the blank: In what is believed to be a first in the United States, the Common Council of _________ has voted to amend the city’s equal opportunities ordinance “to add nonreligion as a protected class.” The legislation adds atheists to the categories of people who could potentially face discrimination. It was co-sponsored by 14 […]

The first U.S. penny touts science, not God

Reader Will called my attention to a new piece in CNN News describing the auction of the first U.S. one cent coin for a cool 1.2 million dollars. Now that’s a pretty penny! It’s the famous “Birch Cent,” made in 1792, and apparently only ten of them are in existence. But what’s nice about it is what Will imparted in […]

Myanmar sentences 3 people to two years in prison for depicting Buddha with headphones

If anybody thinks that Buddhists are a lot less concerned about criticism of their faith than are members of other religions, think twice. Myanmar, for instance, is hard on its Muslim minority population: even one of my heroes, Ang San Suu Kyi, has been criticized for being indifferent to the welfare of those Muslims. And now […]

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