ex nihilo, big bang, fallacies, science, philosophy

Since antiquity, philosophers realized the concept of ‘Nothing’ was inherently nonsensical. How can we approach the Big Bang without factoring in a deity?

by Christopher Hansen

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Something cannot come from Nothing,” before? I would be shocked if you hadn’t, because it is a favorite in today’s culture (predominant among those who contest scientific realities like the Big Bang Theory, i.e. Young Earth Creationists).

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currency, motto, In God We Trust, bias, satanist, Supreme Court, Kenneth Mayle

Kenneth Mayle, a self-declared Satanist, argued that the motto on US currency–’In God We Trust’–espouses a religious view in opposition to his own. The federal court determined, however, that the motto is not in violation of the Constitution, setting a worrying precedent.

By Luke W.

Recently, there was a ruling regarding the removal of the motto from United States currency. Kenneth Mayle, a self-declared Satanist, argued that the motto ‘In God We Trust’ espouses a religious view in opposition to his own. The federal court determined, however, that the motto does not amount to an endorsement of any religion and, thus, is not in violation of the Constitution.

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james bloodworth, hired, income inequality, poverty, tribalism, partisanship

James Bloodworth’s book ‘Hired’ inspires the profound reflections of a young writer on the roles of the individual, the atheist community, and the government in reducing income inequality and bridging the gap between political parties.

By Ross Paton

When issues of inequality are politicised, the solution becomes mired in partisan debates. To what can we attribute income inequality? Is it simply the fair conclusion of meritocracy, or a product of privilege, passed down generationally?

Bloodworth’s book Hired gives us an account of his time as a low-income worker to settle this debate. His experience spanned six months, during which he lived on the money he earned from low-wage, soulless jobs, and talked to those who, unlike him, had no reprieve from this drab and anxiety-riddled existence. How could we more accurately reach the truth than through talking to and living the lives of those who find themselves at the bottom?

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iran, atheism, islam

By Dariush Afshar (Mohammad Hekmat Afshar)

In Iran, according to the Islamic regime’s birth registry statistics, 98% of the Iranian population is Muslim. This means that even the writer of this article and millions like him, are per force considered to be adherents to the religion, which is absolutely false, unilateral, and obscure.

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faith-based programs, separation of church and state, taxpayers, sex ed, charities

Tax dollars are going to faith-based programs that discriminate against, mislead, and manipulate our most vulnerable. Are there benefits to favoring community organizations over faith-based ones?

by Rachelle Groves

“Faith is more powerful than government, and nothing is more powerful than God.” This was the proclamation made by Trump when he signed his new faith-based executive order. Faith-based programs are nothing new, and every president since Clinton has signed them.

There are obvious problems with putting social services into the hands of religious organizations. First and foremost is the separation of church and state that prohibits federal money from funding the agenda of religious groups. Second, is the fact that they can engage in discriminatory hiring practices that are illegal by federal standards.

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