Category Archives: secularism

High Court rules that British schools must include humanism in religious studies

Just a quick note about what appears to be a landmark decision. The British Humanist Association (BHA) reports that the High Court has ruled that non-religious “philosophical” views such as humanism must be included in the Religious Studies curriculum. As you may already know, religious education is mandatory in government secondary schools in England and Wales (see details […]

New poll shows Christianity dying off in England

A few days ago I reported on a BBC article citing a poll with a surprising result: 40% of British people didn’t believe that Jesus was a historical person. I found that surprising, and thought that it reflected simple ignorance of the populace rather than pervasive mythicism based on people’s investigations, but it turns out it’s more complicated […]

“Pray to Play”: Jesus-loving coaches and the pervasive religiosity of American college football

I’ve posted from time to time about the growing incursion of religion into American sports: especially football. And it’s often an illegal incursion, for in public universities and high schools, it’s a violation of the First Amendment—the one mandating separation of church and state—for a coach to enforce religion on his/her players, or to act […]

Why you should come out as an atheist

One reason I like to lecture in the South is that I think it helps nonbelievers in that part of the country—atheists who feel alone because they’re basically apostates—realize that there are others like them. So many times I’ve heard the story that a Southern nonbeliever thought he or she was isolated, and then found […]

Open thread: the demise of religiosity in society

By Grania I apologize for two open threads in two days, Jerry’s back on the road and I had Stuff & Things to do today. Here’s another question that Jerry posed for us to discuss. If you could change one thing in your society that would lessen religiosity or cause it to gradually disappear*, what would […]

In memoriam: Anne Nicol Gaylor

JAC note:  I never met Anne Nicol Gaylor, but knew of her through the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), for she, along with her daughter Annie Laurie Gaylor, whom I do know, were the founders of that estimable organization. Anne Nicol was a long-time critic of religion and a fighter for women’s rights—especially reproductive rights—and […]

A prominent Southern Baptist leader supports the “Openly Secular” campaign

Well cut off my legs and call me Shorty. Here’s Danny Akin, President of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, making a video for the “Openly Secular” campaign, which encourages people to publicly express their secular beliefs. I have to say, this is a remarkable display of comity by a Baptist, but all I can do […]

One of those days

Today we have a report from On the Spot by our Official Ireland Correspondent, writing about the gay marriage referendum, which just won approval in that Catholic country. by Grania Spingies Every once in a while you have a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. Sometimes it’s because of something […]

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,” […]

The tenacity of belief in belief

The recent Pew Report on “America’s changing religious landscape” showed, over the last 7 years, a sharp decline in adherents to mainline Protestantism and Catholicism in the U.S., and a corresponding increase in the numbers of religiously “unaffiliated” (the latter went from 16.1% in 2007 to 22.8% last year).  Now, not all of the “unaffiliated” are nonbelievers: […]


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