(RNS) “It is important for us as nonbelievers to recognize that we are lucky in the grand scheme of the universe and to spend this time with our friends and family, and the tradition of doing that once a year, whether you are religious or not, is a valuable thing to do,” says Maggie Ardiente.
Author Archives: Kimberly Winston
About Kimberly Winston
Kimberly Winston is a freelance religion reporter based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, USA Today, The Washington Post, The San Jose Mercury News and Newsweek. She is also a frequent contributor to Beliefnet.com and ReligionLink.org. In 2005, she was the recipient of the American Academy of Religion’s award for best in-depth religion reporting. She is the author of three books, including Bead One, Pray Too: A Guide to Making and Using Prayer Beads (Morehouse, 2008) and blogs at kimberlywinston.wordpress.com. She is a 1994 graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
(RNS) “A Manual for Creating Atheists” sold out its first printing before its Nov. 1 release date and ran through a second printing in just two weeks. It also broke into Amazon’s top 100 overall best-seller list.
(RNS) “There was a girl in my math class who had a tattoo about Jesus and I asked if she knew Leviticus says you shouldn’t have tattoos,” said atheist Adam Wright. “She said that wasn’t true and I opened my app and showed her the verse.”
(RNS) The Air Force Academy’s Honor Oath was adopted by the academy’s first class in 1959 without the words “So help me God,” which were added in 1984 following a cheating scandal.
(RNS) “This shouldn’t have happened,” says atheist blogger Hemant Mehta. “We disagree with Christians all the time but that is not how we resolve our debate.”
AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) “I have committed a grave error in judgment that I deeply regret,” minister-turned-atheist Teresa MacBain wrote. “While I did not do anything with malice or with intention to harm others, my actions were still wrong.”
(RNS) The Humanist Society — like all organizations that represent nonbelievers — is not among the Department of Defense’s list of approximately 200 groups allowed to endorse chaplains. They want to change that.
(RNS) Some observers caution there’s a difference in asking about an increase in the nonreligious rather than a decrease in the religious.
(RNS) While two-thirds of home-schooling families are evangelical Christian, the number of secular home-schoolers is significant — 25 percent, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association.