Just as many Americans—liberal, moderate, and conservative—carry around outdated stereotypes about atheists, too often their views on politics, the economy, the role of government, education, the environment, and foreign policy are also rooted in paradigms that should have faded long ago.
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On the surface the controversy was fairly unremarkable, just another minor skirmish in the culture wars. We at the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center had sent an email to a school district in Indiana objecting to coaches participating in prayer circles at sporting events. The issue was brought to our attention by a […]
In a move that is sure to displease fundamentalists and social conservatives, U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) has introduced a Darwin Day Resolution in anticipation of Charles Darwin’s 207th birthday on February 12, 2016. Rep. Himes stated, “Charles Darwin’s ground-breaking and world-changing work has left an indelible mark on the way human beings view the […]
In this new piece for Salon, I discuss the religious right and its relationship to anti-abortion violence. In the wake of last week’s murders at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, it’s time to examine the roots of America’s obsession with the abortion issue and the propensity of some to react to it with violence. […]
Patheos, a religion-oriented web site that provides a forum for all religious views (including the nonreligious/humanist viewpoint) asked me to write a piece about the humanist position on wealth disparity and materialism. I was glad to do it, as these are important issues that often get overlooked nowadays, and it provides an opportunity to explain […]
In hindsight, I suppose it’s no surprise that the maker of Viagra would have an urge to merge. But when American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced merger plans this week with a smaller company headquartered in Ireland, the arousal Pfizer initiated had nothing to do with flaccid appendages. Widespread criticism of the deal erupted from various corners, […]
An article in Christian Today gives us an interesting glimpse at the persecution mentality that often dominates the Christian Right. According to the publication, demanding church-state separation is “anti-Christian.”
As the world mourns last week’s tragedy in Paris, the importance of religious criticism and satire has become more apparent. Here’s my latest piece in Psychology Today, discussing the surprising relevance of Pastafarianism, the religion of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
A Massachusetts woman won the right to wear a colander in her driver’s license photograph after enlisting the assistance of our attorneys at the AHA’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center.
Most sensible Americans can chuckle at the idea of a red coffee cup as a symbol of Christian oppression. As Donald Trump calls for a boycott of Starbucks, the implied message is that cups lacking holiday symbols are evidence of Christians persecution. I understand how some would laugh at such lowbrow politics, but I can’t. Here’s why.
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David Niose is author of the bestselling books Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason and Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of...