An Atheist Election Guide for 2016?

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The United States was founded as a secular nation. Its design included a clear separation of church and state, protecting the freedom of religion without using religion to dictate government. Article VI of the Constitution even states that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."

Yes. Seriously. Though that may be hard to believe if you watch any modern day election coverage.

Home for the Holidays: Celebrating a Cultural Christmas

Each December--or even earlier--there are some people who like to get up in arms over the War on Christmas. They want to "keep the Christ in Christmas" and they see "Happy Holidays" as an attack on their faith. They may not agree that the "reason for the season" may include a variety of winter holidays, such as Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and, yes, Christmas.

Happy holidays aside, is Christmas itself a religious holiday? Yes and no. Christians do celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, with special masses and other religious traditions, and that is a lovely part of their faith that no one is taking away from them. Yet "Christmas" has become more than that.

How Religious Thinking Disregards Consent

Bloomingdale's recent ad debacle got me thinking about consent—both in the sexual sense and in the wider realm—and about the ways religious thinking may actually encourage a disregard for consent.

If you missed it, the ad in question (pictured right) came from Bloomingdale's holiday catalog. It shows a stylishly dressed man and woman with the caption: Spike your best friend's eggnog when they're not looking.

'Tis the season for holiday parties and drunken date rape?

The backlash was swift on social media and Bloomingdale's has since issued an apology for the ad, saying that they now realize it was "inappropriate and in poor taste."

Skeptic Gal and Logic Lad

Superheroes who answer the call of irrational debates and emotional spats everywhere. Correcting faulty logic and bad arguments in an effort to make the world a better, more rational place to live, love and disagree--respectfully.

Following the Evidence of Man-Made Religion

When people ask why I'm an atheist, I often say it's because there is no evidence for the existence of a supernatural god or gods. But that really only tells half the story. The other important piece of my reasoning is that the evidence we do have about religion shows that it is man-made.

Early religions filled a void

From our earliest ancestors, evidence shows that human beings have used religion as a way to make sense of the world around them. Creation myths tell the story of how the world (life, universe, etc.) began, while other stories explain various natural "mysteries" such as the movement of tides, solar eclipses, foodborne diseases, droughts, illnesses, and successful or failed crop production. Things that we can now easily explain through science.