Is American Patriotism Getting Out of Hand?

Modern American patriotism is too often hostile, divisive, and uninformed.

No, God Does Not Bless America

Atheists are pushing back against schools defining patriotism with God-belief.

Pledge of Allegiance Has Become a Nightmare for Many Kids

In battles over the "under God" wording of the Pledge of Allegiance, proponents insist that the exercise is entirely voluntary and therefore not discriminatory. But new evidence shows the harsh price that many kids pay for opting out.

Opponents are Reacting to the 'Atheist Lobby'

Anti-atheist billboards in politics, anti-atheist comments from Scalia - can all of this be a sign of progress for the secular movement?

Have You Talked with Your Kids About Pledging Allegiance?

Pledging national loyalty should be seen as a serious act, not to be taken lightly. At a minimum, parents should talk with their kids about the Pledge - its history, what it means, and what it doesn't mean. Kids and others should not make assumptions about those who don't participate in the exercise. In fact, there are numerous reasons for nonparticipation.

Football and Christian Politics in the South

Modest requests for church-state separation, objections to a Christian-infused football program, get a hostile reaction in Georgia.

A Blessing in Disguise for Atheists?

The Supreme Court's ruling on legislative prayer was criticized by atheists and others who want church-state separation, but it may provide an avenue for greater atheist visibility.

Why "Religious Freedom" Has Gotten So Out of Hand

If it seems like "religious freedom" is becoming a more frequent cry in the culture wars, here's why.

Sex Is More Important than Religion

Why does society so quickly brush aside atheist claims of inequality?

Remembering a Legendary Humanist

A. Philip Randolph, a hero of the civil rights movement, is remembered on the 125th anniversary of his birth

Secular-Progressive? You're Probably a Humanist

Did Bill O'Reilly give humanists their best elevator pitch?

Atheism, Meaning, and the Absurdity of It All

Can life have meaning and joy without belief in God? One author talks to 100 atheists to find out.

Making a Mockery of Religious Freedom

The notion that corporations need religious freedom raises a myriad of issues. Can a fictional person have faith? What happens if GM converts to Catholicism?

Merry Times for Atheism

Latest polling shows that atheism continues to grow in America. What is causing this drift toward secularity?

Secularism and Social Justice

Should the secular movement address issues of social and economic justice?

Of Course 'In God We Trust' is Religious

Proponents claim "In God We Trust" signs in public schools are not efforts to promote God-belief, but atheists, agnostics, and humanists see it as yet another attempt to define America in a way that excludes them.

Why Oprah's Anti-Atheist Bias Hurts So Much

By suggesting atheists are incapable of awe, Oprah contributes to an unfair prejudice.

Violence Has Declined, But Is the World Safer?

Even though the probability of violence seems to be lower than ever, is it possible that humans could be more at risk than in any time in history?

Why Should Open Atheism Preclude Elected Office?

Conventional wisdom says that open atheism is political baggage. But why should it be?

Not All Pro Athletes Thank God for the Big Win

Prayers are frequently said in the locker room before the big game, and athletes are often quick to thank God when they win or make a big play, but some athletes aren't afraid to be openly secular.

Blackout Secular Rally: Atheism Makes Minority Inroads

Blackout Secular Rally celebrates secularity in the minority community.

For Atheists-Humanists, a Loss That's a Win

Congress rejected nontheistic chaplains, but the fight shows progress for the secular movement.

Understanding Why God-References Are a Big Deal

To understand why church-state separation is important, it helps to understand the concept of "crisis-induced devotion."

Why Interfaith Services are a Problem

The problem with interfaith services is that they are often portrayed as all-inclusive, but in fact they often exclude large segments of the population.

Atheism Shouldn't Be a Crime

Atheists are being arrested. Where is the outrage?

What Would an American Pope Mean?

Would an American pope change the landscape of America's culture wars?

Why Sometimes Religion Should Be Criticized

We don't usually like to criticize religion, but sometimes we should when religious leaders inject themselves into politics. If they are trying to shape public policy based on their theology, potentially causing harm to others, that theology should be subjected to scrutiny.

Why the Secular Movement is Here to Stay

The popularity of secularity is not just a hot trend that will be gone tomorrow.

Would You Know Atheist Discrimination If You Saw It?

In the wake of tragedy, anti-atheist rants seem to go unnoticed.

A Modest Proposal

If corporations are people and their profits are paramount, where will that logically lead society?