A Christian academic institute based in South Carolina is hosting an apologetics conference that will feature Christian writers Eric Metaxas, Lee Strobel and Josh McDowell.
The annual Truth for a New Generation, presented by Alex McFarland and North Greenville University, is a two-day apologetics conference being held at Northside Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C.
Exhibitors for the conference checked in on Thursday and sessions at the conference began Friday and will continue through Saturday evening. more >>
A Missouri-based group devoted to helping victims of clerical sexual abuse is critical of former Pope Benedict XVI's recent claim that he did not hide sexual abuse incidents.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) of St. Louis took issue with Benedict XVI's recently published letter denying involvement in a cover-up.
David Clohessy, executive director of SNAP, told The Christian Post that the Pope Emeritus' recent words were "hurtful and deceitful." more >>
Comedian and TV host Bill Maher has claimed that atheism will be "the new gay marriage" in terms of social acceptance, as more and more non-believers will "come out of the closet."
"[Atheists are] out there, they're thinking it, they're just afraid to say it," Maher claimed during an interview with The Wrap. "But that's changing. It'll be the new gay marriage."
Maher claimed that the number of people in America who say they do not believe in any religion and are either atheist or agnostic is approaching 15 percent. Various surveys have produced different numbers on the question, though a 2012 Pew Research Center poll found that America's unaffiliated make up 19.6 percent of the population, though only 2.4 percent are atheist and 3.3 percent identify as agnostic. more >>
As schools resume session this fall, high school and college campuses across the country will be offering "Secular Safe Zones," or places where non-believing students can freely discuss their thoughts on religion without the threat of being bullied.
The program was started by the Secular Student Alliance, a non-profit educational group that seeks to educate high school and college students on secularism. According to the Secular Safe Zone website, the purpose of having the program at campuses across the country is to "curtail the effects of discrimination, bullying, and social isolation faced by many secular students - especially high school students - in our society."
Any campus official, including teachers, RA's, guidance counselors, or even chaplains, can participate in the program by being a mentor to a secular student. Those wishing to make their office or classroom a Secular Safe Zone merely have to hang the group's logo that features blue, pink, yellow and green coloring on their door so students may know where the zones are. more >>
The United States Department of Education has invited representatives from the atheist community to be part of its upcoming interfaith meeting in Washington, D.C.
Members of the Secular Student Alliance will be part of the Education Department's "President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge National Gathering," to be held at Georgetown University.
Jesse Galef, spokesperson for the Secular Student Alliance, said in a statement released Wednesday that they were "honored" by the invitation. more >>
A new Political Action Committee has been formed to advocate for the rights of nonbelievers. The Freethought Equality Fund PAC was announced Wednesday by the Center of Humanist Activism.
The FEFPAC will represent the interests of humanists, atheists, agnostics and those who support the "separation of church and state" and the "civil liberties of secular Americans." The PAC's contributions will go to candidates who "support the constitutional principal of church-state separation and defend the civil liberties of secular Americans," according to a press release.
Bishop McNeill, who will be coordinator for the new PAC, argued that secular Americans need better representation in government because they are "under attack." more >>