Secular Blog

October 12, 2012 - 4:34 pm

On Tuesday, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life published its newest findings on the religiously unaffiliated or "nones".

October 12, 2012 - 4:05 pm

While the public focus is on the changing religious identity of the average American, the takeaway for elected officials should be this: the religious unaffiliated are a growing segment of the electorate. Here are five reasons why politicians can no longer afford to ignore us.

October 12, 2012 - 3:53 pm

This immense voting bloc is not being actively courted by the Democratic Party and is met with outright hostility from some members of the Republican Party.

October 12, 2012 - 3:39 pm

How do we successfully organize around nonbelief?Finding a way to wield the power of growing numbers is the difference between being a part of a socially liberal coalition and being a leading political movement. What’s key in changing our potential into action is to convince nontheists to identify as nontheists, rather than social liberals who happen to be non-believers.

October 3, 2012 - 9:57 am

It can be difficult to find victories in the Secular Movement. From Florida’s proposed Amendment 8 to the Missouri legislature’s override of a gubernatorial veto of a bill that would prohibit women’s access to contraception on religious grounds, it can seem like losing is the name of the game.

October 2, 2012 - 10:16 am

Private schools have long had a place in educating America’s youth. Indeed, for many years there were only private schools. However, looking at the makeup of today’s “private schools”, Secular Americans have every right to be concerned about the final destination of taxpayers’ dollars.

September 5, 2012 - 4:18 pm

The Democratic National Convention has begun in Charlotte, NC and already religion has become a flashpoint in the coverage. Or rather, the lack of religion in the Democratic Party platform has.

August 29, 2012 - 3:19 pm

Two weeks ago a gunman opened fire at the offices of the Family Research Council, a right wing group that lobbies against marriage equality, supports the unscientific definition of life as beginning at conception, and pushes a false definition of "religious liberty."

August 22, 2012 - 10:38 am

As a humanist I don’t like saying this, but it’s true: By any objective standard, the religious right has been an enormous success. Since Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority first came on the scene in 1979, politically engaged conservative Christians have steadily become more influential, and this has shifted the landscape of American public policy.

August 21, 2012 - 10:13 am

The past causes the present and the present causes the future. 

That in a nutshell explains the importance of history to our lives. Studying history helps us understand how we came to be where we are. It helps us map our future by comparing our paths to the successes and failures of past civilizations.