A once outspoken Christian athlete now says he finds himself happier without his faith.
Former British Track and Field athlete Jonathan Edwards, who famously drew attention to his religious convictions when he refused to compete in a World Championship qualifying event in 1991 because it was on a Sunday, told the Daily Mirror last week that life without God was fine.
"I am happy," Edwards said. "And actually it's fine. I don't miss my faith. In many ways I feel more settled and happier in myself without it. I don't know if that is related to losing my faith or would have been the case anyway, but it's a non-issue as far as I am concerned." more >>
After fighting to have her secular club recognized at her North Carolina high school with the help of national atheist organizations, teenager Kalei Wilson has pulled out of founding the school club, citing "numerous threats" and "verbal attacks" as the reason for her decision.
Kalei Wilson, a 15-year-old student at Pisgah High School in Canton, N.C., had previously contacted several national atheist organizations after allegedly being refused by school administrators to start a chapter of the Secular Student Alliance on campus. After she was reportedly told by the school's administration that her club was "not a good fit," she contacted the Secular Student Alliance, Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union, who in turn wrote letters to the school's district, encouraging them to allow Wilson to start her club.
Although the school eventually allowed Wilson to start her club, her family released a statement saying that their daughter would not be starting the SSA chapter, as she had been bullied on campus for her efforts. Kalei's father, Cash Wilson, had previously told the Freedom From Religion Foundation that the Pisgah High School principal had said he would look into bullying threats. more >>
Oral arguments in a lawsuit by an atheist organization against the placement of the "World Trade Center cross" at a museum on government property will take place later this week.
American Atheists will present their case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, arguing that the WTC cross does not belong in a museum on government leased property.
Two days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, construction workers found a cross beam among the wreckage of the Twin Towers. more >>
Days after being disinvited from next week's Conservative Political Action Conference, American Atheists called on the conservative movement to sever its "close ties to dogmatic religious beliefs."
"We want to raise the question about the close ties between conservatism and religion," says the organization that was founded in 1963 by non-theist Madalyn Murray O'Hair on its website, explaining why it wants to participate in CPAC 2014, scheduled to take place March 6-8 near Washington, D.C.
"We want to bring the message to CPAC that there are millions of conservatives out there who are turned off and alienated by the conservative movement's close ties to dogmatic religious beliefs," the atheist group says. more >>
The Conservative Political Action Conference will not feature a booth for an atheist organization as the event's organizers have changed course on an initial approval, according to the atheist group.
American Atheists, an organization founded in 1963 by famous non-theist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, announced Tuesday that they were disinvited from the annual Washington, D.C. conference.
"American Atheists President David Silverman received a phone call from American Conservative Union Executive Director Dan Schneider informing him that the ACU board is breaking its agreement to permit American Atheists to host an information booth," stated American Atheists in a press release. more >>
An atheist group has filed a lawsuit against a Maryland government agency over the placement of a 40-foot cross on government property.
The American Humanist Association filed suit Tuesday in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland against the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which oversees the property in Bladensburg, where the cross is located.
In addition to the AHA, named plaintiffs include two AHA members who live in the area and a third resident from nearby Beltsville. more >>