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Atheists Want an Apology from Oprah Over Her On-Air ‘Revelation’ About Non-Believers

Posted October 21, 2013 at 2:32pm

Former AHA President David Niose's response: "...she doesn’t even realize its invidiousness."

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Is it Unethical to Hide Your Nonbelief?

Posted October 16, 2013 at 9:29am

Nonbelievers in America, whether they identify themselves as atheists, agnostics, humanists, or just freethinkers, are people who live their lives without expecting gods to ever intervene in any way. It's obvious that their numbers are quickly growing. In fact, nonbelievers now make up nearly 20 percent of the American public, and since young people tend to find themselves in this demographic more than their parents, it's extremely likely that this growth will continue by leaps and bounds in the near future.

Unfortunately, many nonbelievers just aren't open about their nonbelief, and there are even those that actively seek to pass as part of the believing majority.

This hesitance to be open to their religious friends, families, and employers is certainly understandable, as atheists aren't exactly the most popular people in America, and many face ill treatment and discrimination because they don't share the dominant faiths. For those who are still very young, or who live in a place where it could be dangerous to publicly identify as an atheist, remaining secretive about one's strongly held convictions seems the only prudent choice.

But remaining silent won't make the problem of prejudice go away. In fact, this silence causes a number of problems for the community to which nonbelievers find themselves members. By having significant numbers in the closet, it makes the demographic look smaller in numbers than it actually is, which makes it harder for the community to fight for equal representation.

To read the rest of this Huffington Post article, click here.

Shutdown, humanist style

Posted October 08, 2013 at 10:35am

AHA Exec. Dir. Roy Speckhardt talks with Jamila Bey about the government shutdown. 

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How to Break Through the Impasse

Posted October 07, 2013 at 12:16pm

AHA Executive Dir. Roy Speckhardt on how to end the gov't shutdown.

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“Brilliantly Written” Novel, The Outcast Oracle, Now Available From Humanist Press

Posted October 01, 2013 at 9:31am

14-Year-Old Girl Is Forced To Deal With Con Artist Grandfather; Put Forward As Miracle Worker 

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Sunday Assembly: A Godless Service Coming to a 'Church' Near You

Posted September 30, 2013 at 2:55pm

AHA Exec. Dir. Roy Speckhardt offers his thoughts to ABC News on The Sunday Assembly.

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The Rise of the Nontheist Voting Bloc

Posted September 30, 2013 at 10:35am

Media coverage of nonbeliever PAC shows new voting bloc has potential.

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The Top 5 Issues Congress Isn't Dealing With Because of the Budget

Posted September 27, 2013 at 9:23am

AHA Exec. Dir. Roy Speckhardt outlines priorities that aren't getting addressed.

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Praised Poet Stephen Perry Tackles the Divine in "Questions About God"

Posted September 27, 2013 at 7:36am

New Humanist Press book "an excitingly different read" with "unique and insightful flair."

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Tell Your Representative NO to Government Funding of Discrimination

Posted September 26, 2013 at 11:41am

Stand up against government funding of discrimination by contacting your Representative today.

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