Atheism

We Have More To Worry About Than Not Getting Cake, Ayaan Hirsi Ali

We Have More To Worry About Than Not Getting Cake, Ayaan Hirsi Ali

[CN: HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA, VIOLENCE] Last week at the 2015 American Atheists convention, Ayaan Hirsi Ali gave a keynote address about the dangers of radical Islam. I haven’t seen the entire video, but from all accounts it was a powerful speech about the threat Islamic extremists pose on the world. Except when she came to this part: If you are gay, today in the United States of America, th... »

Are Atheists The Most Hated Group In America? Well . . .

Are Atheists The Most Hated Group In America? Well . . .

[CN: TRANSPHOBIA, HOMOPHOBIA, VIOLENCE] On Tuesday night, CNN did a special on atheism in America. I didn’t watch it because I had a feeling CNN wasn’t going to get it right. Whenever the mainstream media talks about atheism, it usually portrays us as little Richard Dawkins clones running around telling religious people how stupid they are (although most stereotypes contain a hint of t... »

Like a Horse and Carriage

Like a Horse and Carriage

Last week, American Atheists’ Jamila Bey spoke at the yearly meeting of CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Committee. To give you some idea of CPAC’s tenor, this year’s highlights include: Phil Robertson, patriarch of Duck Dynasty, said that “I believe Jesus came down from Heaven in flesh 2000 and 15-years ago. I believe he paid for all of my rotten sins, and I have a lot. But I’m not the onl... »

How Atheists Can Be Better Trans Allies

How Atheists Can Be Better Trans Allies

TW: TRANSPHOBIA We Humanists have a saying: “We’re good without God.” While that is certainly true, people can be assholes without God as well. Living in a problematic society such as ours–with systematic racism, sexism, ableism, and queerphobia embedded into our culture and politics–everyone has unconscious biases. Even so-called allies can say and do problematic thi... »

We Aren’t Ready for Inclusive Atheism Yet

We Aren’t Ready for Inclusive Atheism Yet

Let me just say first that I agree with what you’re about to shout into your computer, that supportive and accepting inclusivity should always be a top priority for any community group or movement, especially one comprised of intersectionally-marginalized people (not only are we all marginalized as nonbelievers, many of us are also women, people of color, disabled, LGBTQ, etc.). But we aren’t ther... »

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Some of Us ARE Joiners

Some of Us ARE Joiners

Every time someone starts talking about creating or attending an organized congregation for non-believers, like Sunday Assembly, I hear the objection “Atheists are non-joiners, so it won’t work.” When I attended Sunday Assembly in Chicago for the first time this past weekend I wondered if there would really be anyone there. Was it true that this feeling of wanting to belong to a ... »

James Croft

Just Make It Go Away

[TW: Homophobia, transphobia, general religious right bullshit] A couple of days ago, Sigfried Gold wrote a piece in the Washington Post’s On Faith blog asserting, among other things, that James Croft was insufficiently kind to conservative Christians. Croft, being the astoundingly kind and compassionate person that he is, responded with his characteristically intellectual and metered style.... »

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