Humanism

For Nonbelievers, Reassurance on Wheels

October 22, 2008

Author: Kevin Sullivan

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/21/AR2008102102433.html?hpid=sec-religion

British atheists announced Tuesday a high-profile advertising campaign to put posters on London buses that say: "There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

By Tuesday night, as many as 3,400 donors had given about $...

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For Atheists, Politics Proves to Be a Lonely Endeavor

October 18, 2008

Author: Samuel G. Freedman

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/18/us/18religion.html?ref=politics

From the time last spring that Jeanette Norman first heard of Amendment 48 in Colorado, she simmered with the desire to do something about it.

Conservative Christians and their allies had collected more than 100,000 signatures to put the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot. If enacted, it would define human life as...

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Atheist Soldier to Leave Army, Drops Religion Suit

October 11, 2008

Author: John Milburn

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/religion/story/C34D09D49EFEB1A7862574DF00243176?OpenDocument

An atheist soldier who accused U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the Defense Department of violating his religious freedom dropped the lawsuit Friday, citing his plans to leave the Army next spring.

But the Military...

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Atheist Soldier Sues Gates for Religious Discrimination

September 26, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: USA Today

Wire Service: AP

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-09-26-military-atheist_N.htm

An atheist soldier says in a federal lawsuit that his superiors required him to be present for Christian prayers, and that the military allows fundamentalist Christians to proselytize.

Spc. Dustin Chalker, a combat medic with an engineering battalion, alleges he...

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"Don't Exclude Humanists, Atheists from the Melting Pot," a Commentary by Greg Epstein

August 28, 2008

Author: Greg M. Epstein

Source: The Washington Post/Newsweek

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/greg_m_epstein/2008/08/dems_interfaith_inclusionexclu.html

This past Sunday the Democrats unveiled their 2008 convention with an "Interfaith Gathering of Clergy." I am a Humanist: a proud, active member of the community of millions of Americans who believe in being good without God. So you might...

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Modesto-Area Atheists Speak Up, Seek Tolerance

August 16, 2008

Author: Sue Nowicki

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/1618/story/394942.html

It's difficult at times being a person of faith, but it can be even harder to be an atheist, someone who believes there is no God.

Some local atheists who replied to an invitation in The Bee were afraid of adverse reactions at their places of work. Others worried about being flooded "with unwanted attention from zealots," and two were protective of neighbors...

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Groups Wants Atheists Included in DNC Interfaith Service

August 15, 2008

Author: Mark Barna

Source: The Gazette

http://www.gazette.com/articles/convention_39362___article.html/service_interfaith.html

The interfaith service scheduled to take place at the Democratic National Convention's Aug. 24 in Denver is supposed to be about unity.

But to a Washington, D.C., coalition that supports nontheistic views, it's about division.

The Secular Coalition Group, a lobbying...

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Council Ban on Atheist Websites

July 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/7530519.stm

A city council has blocked its staff from looking at websites about atheism.

Lawyers at the National Secular Society said the move by Birmingham City Council was "discriminatory" and they would consider legal action.

The rules also ban sites that promote witchcraft, the paranormal, sexual deviancy and...

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Couples Opt for Humanist Weddings as Appeal of the Church Wanes

July 21, 2008

Author: Shan Ross

Source: Scotsman.com

http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Couples-opt-for-humanist-weddings.4306790.jp

More and more couples are choosing humanist weddings over religious ceremonies because they have little connection with a church, a celebrant said last night.

Figures released yesterday show humanist weddings are on the increase while overall marriage figures are in decline.

The General...

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Atheists' Suit Against Dakota Boys Ranch Dismissed

July 17, 2008

Author: Blake Nicholson

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/17/AR2008071702692.html

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by atheists and agnostics that challenged the state's sending of children and money to the church-affiliated Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch.

U.S. District Judge Dan Hovland did not address the plaintiffs' contention that public money...

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Group Asks for Diversity in Council Prayers

May 30, 2008

Author: Emily Anderson

Source: Grand Junction Free Press

http://gjfreepress.com/article/20080530/COMMUNITY_NEWS/817730522

A local atheist group wants more religious diversity in the prayers said before Grand Junction City Council meetings.

Members of the Western Colorado Atheists and Free Thinkers group met with Grand Junction City Manager Laurie Kadrich and City Attorney John Shaver Wednesday. Anne Landman, a WCAFT member who...

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