Long the domain of church and state officials, in Indiana the solemnization of marriages now can be overseen by people who profess to have no religion at all.
Indiana has opted to not try to delay a decision from a three-judge panel of the Chicago-based United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals allowing for non-theists to officiate weddings. more >>
An atheist gave a secular invocation for the beginning of a council meeting in a South Dakota city and quoted from a book from the Harry Potter series.
Amanda Novotny, president of the Siouxland Freethinkers, spoke the invocation Tuesday evening at the Sioux Falls City Council meeting.
"Often at this time, you are asked to bow your heads. Instead, I ask you to lift your head up and look around," said Novotny. more >>
An atheist is scheduled to give a secular invocation for the beginning of a council meeting in a South Dakota city.
Amanda Novotny, president of the Siouxland Freethinkers, will give the invocation Tuesday evening at the Sioux Falls City Council meeting.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Novotny explained that the inspiration for doing the invocation came courtesy of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Town of Greece v. Galloway. more >>
Ken Ham, founding president and CEO of Answers in Genesis, responded to the premiere of the world's first ever all-atheist TV channel last week by blasting the efforts at "not just targeting adults with a hopeless message of godlessness, but … also trying to indoctrinate children into an atheistic worldview."
"I've always found it fascinating how they think their purpose is to impose their message that there is no purpose onto people!" Ham wrote in a blog post in response to the launch of Atheist TV, an initiative of American Atheists.
"Well, this new TV channel highlights the growing intolerance toward Christianity in particular — and other religions, with the exception of their own," Ham wrote. more >>
Touting a new study, some reporters and bloggers claimed that children raised in religious homes have difficulty telling the difference between fact and fiction. The study, however, does not justify these claims.
The online version of "Judgments About Fact and Fiction by Children From Religious and Nonreligious Backgrounds," authored by researchers Kathleen Corriveau, Boston University; Eva Chen, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; and Paul Harris, Harvard, was published July 3 in Cognitive Science.
Here are a few of the headlines reporting on the study: more >>
The world's first ever all-atheist TV channel officially launched Tuesday, with American Atheist president David Silverman declaring it is geared toward all atheists, everywhere. Silverman also criticized TV channels that present religion as truthful, using as an example the History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries in 2013.
"Atheist TV is geared toward every atheist in the broadest possible sense. Whether they call themselves atheists or skeptics or humanists or any of the other labels that people use to identify themselves, Atheist TV is for them," Silverman announced in a speech at the launch party.
He noted that the number of non-believers in the United States is on the rise, making up as much as one-fifth of the population. Silverman then criticized TV channels that, despite those statistics, continue "kowtowing" to religious preferences. more >>