Reading Time: 5 minutes OnlySky · The two main reasons I left my faith | Neil Carter For us ex-evangelicals, the Christian message was framed as an invitation to a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe. It wasn’t until after we accepted the invitation that they turned around and shamed us for wanting such a thing. It […]
Saudi state executes apostates. Is U.S. immune to such religious brutality?
Reading Time: 6 minutes I can confirm firsthand from past decades I spent living and working in Saudi Arabia that the desert kingdom’s citizens are—as most Americans are—generally warm, generous, and kindly folks. Extraordinarily so, in fact. But the Saudi government and presumably most citizens also vigorously support the death penalty. Saudis are the Semitic Muslim, political equivalent of […]
All About That So-Called “Christian Love”
Reading Time: 7 minutes Today, let me show you how ‘Christian love’ works and why so many Christians reach for it — and the messages they convey when they do so.
First global study of apostates’ experiences reveals hidden abuse victims
Reading Time: 3 minutes This is from Humanists UK: The first study into the worldwide experiences of apostates – individuals who leave coercive or high-control religious groups or cults – within religious households has revealed a widespread culture of abuse hidden within the home, including intra-familial violence, domestic abuse, and honour-based shunning. The study was published last year and more recently […]
Episode 30: Screen Doors and Porch Swings
Reading Time: 7 minutes When I first came out as an atheist online, it was one of the most terrifying moments of my life. I still remember how my heart pounded, how I kept the post in my drafts folder for days, trying to decide if I should publish or not. How I asked my then-husband repeatedly if he was […]
Craig on Terminating Would-Be Apostates
Reading Time: 5 minutes Here is a recent question to William Lane Craig on his Reasonable Faith website: Hi Dr Craig, I’ve been studying the Perseverance of the Saints and I found your paper on the subject very thought-provoking. I have been wrestling with this subject as of late and there appear to be certain difficulties with the traditional understanding of […]
Trump’s Religious Freedom Remarks Draw Response from Humanist in Attendance
Reading Time: 2 minutes From the American Humanist Association: At the United Nations Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom event today, President Donald Trump announced the formation of a coalition of U.S. business leaders meant to “encourage the private sector to protect people of all faiths in the workplace.” The American Humanist Association’s executive director, Roy Speckhardt, attended at […]
Lost Coercion: The Center of Christianity’s Current Decline
Reading Time: 10 minutes That cultural change was and is a loss of Christians’ onetime powers of coercion. Today, I’ll show you why it spells the absolute end of their domination everywhere it spreads.
Op-ed: Ex-Muslims – a community in protest
Reading Time: 7 minutes When the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) started 11 years ago in June 2007, we were hard pressed to find 25 people who would come out publicly to break the apostasy taboo, writes Maryam Namazie. Today, we are witness to an international ex-Muslim “community” – a tsunami of atheism. For me, though, this has […]
Episode 5: What I Gained When I Lost My Religion
Reading Time: 7 minutes People often ask me if my life is better now that I’ve left my religion. My honest answer is that it’s a mixed bag. [ iTunes | spreaker | youtube | pdf ] On the negative side, I have to say that the reactions of people who liked me better when I still had faith have been […]