Save the Children

I was 14 when I first traveled to Europe. It was the summer of 1991. I had gone with my mother and brother to visit two exchange students who had stayed with my family in the U.S. in recent years. Puberty pressed within me in those days with all the urgency of a volcanic fissure.…

In God “We” Don’t Trust

Monday, news broke that a Chicago resident and self-described Satanist failed in his argument before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to convince the justices that the motto “In God We Trust,” official on U.S. paper currency just since 1957, forces atheists to involuntarily spread a religious message every time they spend money. In…

A Satanic Duty to Disavow?

A while back, Vice published a piece that brought attention to some increasingly frequent and uncomfortable cozying up between prominent members of the Atheist community (such as it is) and members of the alt-right, neo-nazi community (you’ll note I consistently refuse to grant those benighted terms the privilege of capitalization: that choice is not mere…

A Celebration of Religious Freedom

President Trump declared January 16, 2018, Religious Freedom Day. In his proclamation, the President stated that “[n]o American — whether a nun, nurse, baker, or business owner — should be forced to choose between the tenets of faith or adherence to the law.” This specific listing of test cases for religious liberty recalls directly the…

American Religious Pluralism is Real, Pt. 2

President Dwight D. Eisenhower—the president who personally presided over the changes to both the U.S. motto and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag—offered some pietistic observations on early American history and the issue of prayer at the Dedicatory Breakfast of the International Christian Leadership on February 5, 1953, an event which has been held…

The illusion of Christian unity and dominance in the U.S.: American religious pluralism is real

In a November post on her Patreon page, writer, thinker, and religious activist Megan Kennedy argued that we must face “a hard truth of modern American society: religious pluralism, in practice, is an illusion.” Kennedy finds evidence for her claim in the abusive treatment meted out by Fox News host Tucker Carlson to The Satanic…

Danica Roem, Lucien’s Law, and why the silencing of public religion kills a tough conversation we all need to have

Equality advocate Ash Beckham is an enthusiastic supporter of coming out of your closet and having the hard conversation, no matter what your personal closet or hard conversation is. I am an atheist and an ardent proponent of church/state separation, which means part of me inwardly celebrates when legal challenges to majority religious privilege in…