The Course of Reason

Americans aren’t as religious as they pretend to be

September 21, 2011 Dave Muscato

It’s well-known that a lot of church-goers don’t really believe what their pastors preach. This is probably especially true among teenagers. Twenty minutes at the Atheism sub-Reddit will convince you that there are plenty of young people being forced by their parents to attend church who don’t believe a lick of it, and I’m sure that many of our own members (myself included) continued attending church long after they stopped believing in gods. On occasion, I still attend church, to see old friends and hear the music. Not to generalize, but there is a lot of social pressure in this country to be seen at church, especially in the South and Midwest, to the point that it’s become a cliché for Southerners, women especially, to “dress up for each other” (to quote John Mellencamp) – witness “church hats” and “Sunday best.”

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Living without Religion, Living with Anxiety

September 20, 2011 Ellen Lundgren

Two weeks ago, I was invited to be a participant for Center for Inquiry–Michigan in downtown Grand Rapids on their "Living without Religion" discussion panel as coverage of our new billboard. My first thought was, "hell no!" since I've been a lifetime introvert and I have pretty extreme social anxiety, especially speaking in front of crowds. But as I thought about it, I realized that I really wanted to speak on this panel and have my story heard on what it's like to live without religion as a person happy and content with being an atheist. I finally responded with a ‘yes.'

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Music Monday: Tom Waits - “Road to Peace”

September 19, 2011 Cody Hashman

This wasn't supposed to be Tom Waits hour, but I seem to have found myself featuring him again for the 4th installment of Music Mondays

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Your Superiority Complex Annoys Me

September 18, 2011 Chris Burke

This is a story of an atheist. The atheist does not represent a single person but is rather an amalgamation of various atheists that I’m sure many in our community have dealt with. It is known as the, “Superior Atheist”.

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I’d rather be anti-religion than anti-breakfast

September 14, 2011 Dren Asselmeier

The Living Without Religion campaign is a coordinated effort created by the Center for Inquiry to promote the idea that people can live happy, full, and prolific lives without religion. To most of us, it sounds like a simple, concise message. Sometimes I even get close to thinking that maybe we don’t need to be (as an entire movement of secularists) putting so much time and money into these sorts of awareness campaigns.

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