Each week we round up the latest and best secular headlines for your convenience.
~The American Atheists have seemingly come out of nowhere as far as the religious world is concerned. Most of us freethinkers know that these folks have been around for decades. But their recent spat of billboards has been making news left and right. Whether they are God-fearing or God-jeering, people have been stirred to action.
~The “Spiritual Fitness Test,” as it’s being billed in the atheist community, was an initiative for the US Army’s Global Assessment Tool and apparently prepared by a “fundamentalist agnostic” who remains relatively confident in the validity of its finding (which concludes “soldiers who have faith in God are more resilient and less likely to kill themselves than are faithless soldiers”).
~Forget global warming; this summer it’s going to be hot as hell. Mostly because, according to this billboard, we will all be in Hell. And here we thought we had until December 2012 to get all of our ducks in a row. Well, life is short, one way or another, so one writer suggests, “Atheist or Christian — make most of this life.”
~If there’s one thing that’s lacking in the secular community, it’s our charitable giving. That’s not to say that never has an atheist been altruistic to his fellow man (at the very least, there’s one agnostic out there who’s spared some change), but statistically, we’re outdone by the religious folk. That could change, thanks to several organizations taking the initiative to make us more giving of our gains. And now a friendly bet has emerged between theists and non-theists on who can raise more. Maybe we’re outnumbered but can we be outmatched? If the vanity of an inter-faith wager is not your style, consider donating to Project Reason instead.
~You’ve probably heard about the new Governor of Alabama and his speech where he essentially disowns all non-believers. Maybe too little too late, but the man has apologized for his remarks. Some of you might snort and comment that it’s no surprise a Southern Republican Governor should make such statements in the first place, but we should remember that not all conservatives are Christian and not all Christians are from the South. Thankfully, some politicians in the North are more tolerant of secular citizens. But it’s certainly no surprise that rhetoric like that of Governor Bentley (with or without an apology) makes it harder for atheists to come out of the closet in the Bible Belt. Fortunately, our cause will ultimately win out (contrary to some suggestions) because not only do we have reason on our side but, now, apparently, we have biology on our side, too.
~In the meantime, while we’re waiting for the rest of the world to catch up with us, sit back, relax, watch a game show where contestants try to convert atheists to their particular religion (good luck), read a Mormon Mommy blog (now all the rage in the “feminist atheist” movement) and remember: letting your kids go to church with your boyfriend may make them “one of these little brainwashed zombie Jesus kids you see on Youtube” but it could give you an “opportunity to have an hour or two alone on Sunday morning.”
In Ireland, atheists are asking for honesty. There might be secular Jews in Dublin, but there’s no such thing as a secular Catholic. So, they ask their Irish neighbors to be “honest to godless” and mark their Census’ appropriately.