Richard Dawkins has been challenged on his recent comments that the idea that morality is tied to religion is "horrible" by radio talk show host and author Dennis Prager, who argued that without God, there is no real good or evil.
World-famous atheist and evolutionary biologist Dawkins answered several CNN readers' questions on Friday while promoting his new book, An Appetite for Wonder, and addressed the assertion that without religion, people would be left without a moral compass.
"The very idea that we get a moral compass from religion is horrible. Not only should we not get our moral compass from religion, as a matter of fact we don't," Dawkins began his argument, and referenced both the Bible and the Quran, suggesting that they condone stoning people to death. more >>
Comedian and TV host Bill Maher has claimed that atheism will be "the new gay marriage" in terms of social acceptance, as more and more non-believers will "come out of the closet."
"[Atheists are] out there, they're thinking it, they're just afraid to say it," Maher claimed during an interview with The Wrap. "But that's changing. It'll be the new gay marriage."
Maher claimed that the number of people in America who say they do not believe in any religion and are either atheist or agnostic is approaching 15 percent. Various surveys have produced different numbers on the question, though a 2012 Pew Research Center poll found that America's unaffiliated make up 19.6 percent of the population, though only 2.4 percent are atheist and 3.3 percent identify as agnostic. more >>
As schools resume session this fall, high school and college campuses across the country will be offering "Secular Safe Zones," or places where non-believing students can freely discuss their thoughts on religion without the threat of being bullied.
The program was started by the Secular Student Alliance, a non-profit educational group that seeks to educate high school and college students on secularism. According to the Secular Safe Zone website, the purpose of having the program at campuses across the country is to "curtail the effects of discrimination, bullying, and social isolation faced by many secular students - especially high school students - in our society."
Any campus official, including teachers, RA's, guidance counselors, or even chaplains, can participate in the program by being a mentor to a secular student. Those wishing to make their office or classroom a Secular Safe Zone merely have to hang the group's logo that features blue, pink, yellow and green coloring on their door so students may know where the zones are. more >>
Pope Francis has been in the spotlight this week after replying to an agnostic's questions, addressing whether God could forgive a non-believer.
The response was sparked by a question from a prominent Italian agnostic, and has led some media outlets to report that the pope was suggesting non-believers could be forgiven – even to the extent of salvation – without coming to faith.
The letter, written as a response to editorials from July and August by Eugenio Scalfari, an agnostic and the founder of the Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, addressed a question he posed about God forgiving people who do not believe in him or seek any type of faith. more >>
Atheist intellectual and author Richard Dawkins has stated in a recent interview that he considers himself a "Cultural Anglican" and has a "certain love" for some church traditions.
The bestselling author of the book The God Delusion recently told the Spectator that he sees himself as a "Cultural Anglican," saying he enjoys certain elements of the tradition in question.
Four atheist bloggers in Bangladesh are facing up to 14 years in prison for defaming Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, including one who was stabbed viciously by fundamentalist attackers earlier this year.
"They have been indicted with defaming Islam, Prophet Mohammed and other religions through their Internet writings. They spread malice against all religions," senior public prosecutor Shah Alam Talukdar told AFP.
The four accused are 24-year old Subrata Adhikari Shuvo, 36-year old Russel Parvez, 42-year old Mashiur Rahman Biplob, and 29-year old Asif Mohiuddin. The bloggers were arrested earlier this year after nationwide protests by Muslims targeting atheists who were critical of Islam in online posts. more >>