religion

From Christian to Atheist, How One Man Questioned His Faith

For 30 years, Seth Andrews was a faithful Christian adherent with a loving family. Then he started asking questions and now he’s behind one of the Internet’s largest Atheist communities.

Andrews wrote a new book published in December called “Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason.”

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Andrews to discuss what made him start asking questions about his faithful past.

From Pastors to Atheists, How Three Members of the Clergy Left the Church Behind

When one leaves a city, a profession or group of friends behind, there are often times feelings of resentment. The clergy is no different.

The Clergy Project is an online community that helps members of the clergy to leave their vocation when they decide that they are no longer religious and that they no longer hold any belief in the supernatural.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Dr. Annalise Fonza, Teresa MacBain and Jeff Satterwhite about their experiences in and outside of the clergy.

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Nativity Scenes Return, Renewing Church and State Debates

As Christmas nears, nativity scenes are popping up in areas across the country and even on courthouse steps and other properties of cities, further enraging people who believe the nativity scenes on public property show a political endorsement of a specific religion.

Almost annually, the issue stirs tempers, renewing fights about separation of church and state.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Ed Brayton, owner of the Freethought Blog Network, to discuss the issue of nativity scenes and separation of church and state.

Petraeus Falls Victim to Religious Hypocrisy

As the scandal surrounding the now former CIA Director David Petraeus unfolds, many are continuing to discuss the shock and regrets that have come from his extramarital affair and his subsequent resignation.

But one thing that people haven’t discussed was the general’s history of privileging conservative Christianity in the U.S. military—a history that now reveals his own religious hypocrisy.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Military Religious Freedom Foundation senior researcher Chris Rodda to talk about the role Petraeus played in flouting standards of religious neutrality from the top down.

Study: More Secular People, But Few Support Language Critical of Religion

The Center for Inquiry examined this month blasphemy and incitement laws around the globe in a new survey called “Dissident Denied.”

Despite the fact that more people around the world admit to being secular, many people from places around the globe don’t necessarily support language that’s critical of religious belief or feeling.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Michael De Dora, author of the survey, about the findings and what they mean for religious tolerance, blasphemy laws and more.

New Book Attacks the Threat of Theocracy

A new book called “Attack of the Theocrats! How the Religious Right Harms Us All—and What We Can Do About It” by Sean Faircloth is examining the many ways federal and state legal codes are now privileging religion in law.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Faircloth about his new book, the current state of religion in U.S. politics and Election Day.

New Atheist Billboard Campaign Targets Religious Beliefs of Presidential Candidates

WASHINGTON — The American Atheists organization has launched a new billboard campaign going after the religious beliefs of the presidential candidates and hopes to create some revealing interfaith dialogue.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with David Silverman, president of the American Atheists, Inc., to discuss the billboard campaign and what kind of reaction Silverman hopes to get from the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

Child Abuse and Adult Obesity

Another factor that may in part explain a link between behavior and obesity in African-American women is the subject of this conversation.

Pediatrician with the Boston Medical Center, Dr. Renee Boynton-Jarrett shares the data the paper she authored, “Child and Adolescent Abuse in Relation to Obesity in Adulthood: The Black Women’s Health Study.”

More than 33,000 women were studied, and there is growing evidence that mild, moderate or severe sexual or physical abuse can cause a girl to become an obese adult.