Category Archives: secularism

The “In God We Trust” police-car poll is now secular!

Yesterday I wrote about a sheriff in Virginia who had spent nearly $1500 of his personal money to outfit his unit’s police cars with “In God We Trust” decals. Sheriff J. D. “Danny” Diggs said this, among other things: “I’ve been thinking about this for a long time.” Diggs said.  “It honors God.  God has […]

OMG, more atheism in the New York Times: Susan Jacoby on “God Bless America!”

Can it be that the New York Times is finally recognizing that, yes, godlessness is an acceptable view in America? Perhaps, for they’ve published some atheist pieces lately, and the latest is Susan Jacoby’s “Sick and Tired of ‘God Bless America’” which is in this week’s Sunday Review section. Her pro-atheist-and-secularist piece is headed by the strange photo […]

Iceland: happy, atheistic, and science-loving

In The 2013 World Happiness Report, which I’ll mention shortly, Iceland ranks as the 9th happiest country in the world out of 156 countries polled; “happiness” incorporates several measures of well being (go to the report for the way they quantified happiness). Here are the ten happiest countries in the world: As I’ll show in about an […]

Church attendance in England dropping gradually but inexorably

According to the British Humanists, who give the sources for their statistics on their new post, weekly attendance at the 16,000 Church of England’s parishes has dropped to less than 1,000,000 for the first time in at least sixty years. First, here’s a graph from the Church’s own document showing the heartening decline of attendance over the last 54 years, […]

New Pew poll: Respect for religion drops sharply among Millennials

A brief report at Pew Research shows at least one statistic of interest to nonbelievers: American Millennials (people born after 1980) have shown a big drop in only the last five years in how favorably they view religion and its effects. As they report (see graph below): Younger generations tend to have more-positive views than […]

Michael Nugent sums up last year in atheism, and gives us 5 goals for the coming year

Michael Nugent, writer and atheist/secular activist, is a man to admire. Head of Atheist Ireland, he’s far more than a “keyboard activist,” spending much of his time lobbying the Irish government and the European Union for more rights for atheists and secularists, campaigning for the removal of religion from government, and fighting Ireland’s anti-abortion and anti-blasphemy laws. […]

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 […]

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