Tagged: Secularism

Does America have a religion? For the answer, look to Walt Whitman – LA Times

Does America have a religion? It seems a strange question to ask. Some Americans have one religion, others another; many have none at all. If there is one conviction about religion that nearly all Americans share, it is that religion is a private matter that each of us is free to arrange as he or she thinks best.

Source: Does America have a religion? For the answer, look to Walt Whitman – LA Times

Merry Christmas: Obama Signs Law That Gives Protection To Atheists

 It’s a strengthening of a 1998 religions freedom law, which established the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, dedicated to protecting religious liberty around the world.

Source: Merry Christmas: Obama Signs Law That Gives Protection To Atheists

Satanic Temple slams new Texas fetus burial rule opposed by Pro-Choice groups — RT America

Abortion rights activists may have found an unlikely ally in the Satanic Temple, which has vowed to oppose a new Texas state rule requiring fetal tissue be given a burial or cremation.

Source: Satanic Temple slams new Texas fetus burial rule opposed by Pro-Choice groups — RT America

The “Jedi Religion” Is Causing Problems in Australia | Nerdist

In the 2001 Australian census, over 70,000 citizens indicated that their religion was Jedi. That number fell to around 58,000 in 2006, then rose back up to over 64,000 for the 2011 census. Of course, Jedi, based on the ancient spiritual organization from Star Wars, isn’t a real theistic religion, just a fun way to either stick it to the government or showcase your Star Wars fandom.

Source: The “Jedi Religion” Is Causing Problems in Australia | Nerdist

Sikh Soldier Allowed to Keep Beard in Rare Army Exception – The New York Times

For the first time in decades, the military has granted a religious accommodation to allow an active-duty combat soldier to keep his beard, at least for now.

Source: Sikh Soldier Allowed to Keep Beard in Rare Army Exception – The New York Times

‘Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World,’ by Tim Whitmarsh

Whitmarsh argues that atheism isn’t a product of the modern age but reaches back to early Western intellectual tradition in the ancient Greek world.

Source: ‘Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World,’ by Tim Whitmarsh