(RNS) Muslims who abandon their faith often face challenges not faced by those who leave other religions. Divorce and disowning are common, as is the threat of physical violence.
(RNS) A young woman stood outside a Greyhound bus with a ticket in her hand and a backpack over her shoulder. She was guilty of two offenses: rejecting her father's choice of husband and renouncing her family's Islamic faith. Deciding whether to boarding that bus, she said later, would be the hardest thing she had done in her 18 years.
(RNS) A conference at Georgetown University this week focused on cleaning up what many Americans consider a dirty word: secularism. The goal of the "Secularism on the Edge" conference was, in part, to define what secularism is and what it is not.
(RNS) Selections from the American Humanist Association's new version of the "Jefferson Bible." By Kimberly Winston.
(RNS) "A Jefferson Bible For the 21st Century'' takes Thomas Jefferson’s slice-and-dice Bible one step further. By Kimberly Winston.
(RNS) In addition to Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, secular humanists have added a new celebration to the crowded calendar. HumanLight, observed on Dec. 23, is a secular celebration of human potential that is growing in acceptance. By Kimberly Winston.
(RNS) A billboard bearing a positive message about atheism has been vandalized -- again. A billboard posted in Chico, Calif., that originally read “Don’t believe in God? Join the club” ...
(RNS) The estranged son of a pastor famous for protesting the funerals of soldiers and AIDS victims has condemned his family’s plans to picket funerals of shooting victims in Newtown, Conn., but says local leaders should "let them show up'' instead of trying to ban them. By Kimberly Winston.
SAN FRANCISCO (RNS) It’s just another night of stand-up comedy at the Punch Line as Jesus takes the microphone. It's "Holiday Heathens,'' a December comedy show featuring humor poking fun at religion, written by atheists for atheists. By Kimberly Winston.
(RNS) A federal court in Indiana has rejected atheists' requests to preside at wedding ceremonies, saying only clergy or public officials are licensed to solemnize marriages. By Kimberly Winston.
(RNS) An atheist student group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has scored nearly $70,000 in funding, a national record for a campus atheist group. By Kimberly Winston.
(RNS) Self-described "faitheist" Chris Stedman calls for atheists and the religious to come together in interfaith work. It is a position that has earned him both strident - even violent - condemnation and high praise. In an interview with RNS, Stedman talks about how and why the religious and atheists should work together. By Kimberly Winston.
(RNS) The release of the new Steven Spielberg movie "Lincoln" has resurrected more than the physical presence of America's 16th president. It has also brought to the fore again questions about his faith. Was he a Christian? Was he an atheist? By Kimberly Winston.
(RNS) A First Amendment watchdog group is suing the Internal Revenue Service for not challenging the tax-exempt status of churches whose pastors engage in partisan politicking from the pulpit. By Kimberly Winston.
(RNS) In some circles, being an atheist is a strike against you. But at OkCupid, the free online dating site, it might just help you get a date. Designers found that including the word ``atheist'' in a first message to another user was more likely to garner a reply than any other religious descriptor except Christian. By Kimberly Winston.