Secular Blog

July 2, 2012 - 10:09 am

The good news for nonbelievers is that, for the first time ever, more than half the American population would vote for a qualified, open atheist for president.  A recent Gallup poll shows that 54 percent of Americans would not consider a candidate’s atheism to be a disqualification for holding the nation's highest office.

June 29, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Political parties exist to help provide a framework for policy advocacy and subsequent development of legislation. Many Americans, whether Libertarian, Republican, Democrat, Green or any other party affiliation likely believe that their respective party’s platform represents their views and they, in turn, can approach friends, relatives, and legislators to advocate for those views.

June 28, 2012 - 9:28 am

This week, in “News That Sounds Like an Onion Article,” The Scotsman reports that a publicly funded Christian school in Louisiana uses a biology textbook that states that the Loch Ness monster is a real-life evolution-debunking plesiosau

June 25, 2012 - 8:56 am

Now more than ever, the United States needs to change its laws surrounding religious subsidies. Last year, the state of Florida cut over $1.3 billion from the budget meant for public schools as well as $1.1 billion for police and firefighter pensions.

June 14, 2012 - 11:30 am

In March 2009, 17-year-old Zachery Swezey complained to his parents that he didn’t feel well. His parents believed he had the flu. Zachery suffered fevers and vomiting for days as his condition worsened. Finally, when he could no longer walk to the bathroom, Greg and JaLea Swezey called church elders to come over and anoint their son with olive oil.

June 13, 2012 - 4:53 pm
It was a welcome victory for secularism on Tuesday, as voters in North Dakota soundly rejected a proposal that would hand broad privileges to the deeply religious.
June 6, 2012 - 1:45 pm

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant knows that prayer in public school is illegal—but he wants it anyway.

May 31, 2012 - 3:38 pm

“South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum,” observed Congressman James L. Petigru, shortly after South Carolina seceded from the Union in 1860 and declared itself a republic. I’ve lived in South Carolina since 1976, and stories about our politicians no longer surprise me.

May 30, 2012 - 12:17 pm

In disputes over church-state separation, "ceremonial deism" has become a legal doctrine heavily relied upon by those who wish to defend governmental religiosity.

May 24, 2012 - 10:21 am

Federal support for prayer at school board meetings has been introduced through resolutions in both the House and the Senate.(1 & 2) The resolutions make no attempt to hide that there is no secular purpose for school board mee