(RNS) Most people assume that because Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar is an Iraqi refugee, he is Muslim. This is not the case. Al-Mutar is a secular humanist, and an outspoken one at that.
(RNS) The “Connected to Give” report also cites generosity thriving among people who claim no religious identity: 34 percent of these “nones” nonetheless give to religiously identified organizations.
(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.
(RNS) From ecumenical prayer beads to naughty Christmas sweaters, the Religion News Service Holiday Gift Guide 2013 has suggestions for everyone on your list, no matter their religion — or lack of religion.
SAN FRANCISCO (RNS) “We can go through an entire Sunday Assembly meeting without mentioning atheism, without mentioning religion,” organizer Sanderson Jones said. “We have enough values that define us without having to do that.”
(RNS) A federal judge has ruled that clergy’s exemption from paying taxes on housing is not constitutional.
(RNS) Current tax law requires all tax-exempt organizations, including American Atheists, to file a Form 990 financial report — except churches and church-related organizations.
(RNS) Baby boomers might not be that different from the Greatest Generation when it comes to religion, says aging expert Vern Bengtson.
(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.