Kate Cohen: “We of Little Faith: Why I Stopped Pretending to Believe (and Maybe You Should Too)”

Join us for a conversation with Kate Cohen, Washington Post contributing columnist and author of the upcoming We of Little Faith: Why I Stopped Pretending to Believe (and Maybe You Should Too). 

Watch the presentation on our YouTube channel.

Of the upcoming We of Little Faith, our friend Andrew Seidel says: “We of Little Faith is a must-read for every American, whether atheist or Zoroastrian or somewhere in between. Cohen’s witty, compassionate take on America’s religious culture is atheism as it should be, as it truly is: fulfilled, happy, and true to one’s self. This is the quotidian atheism your friends and family may be too timid to discuss, but which Cohen illuminates with absorbing eloquence. If you think about religion, you owe it to yourself to read this book.”

Phil Zuckerman says: “An engaging, enjoyable, and very timely book. As more and more Americans shed their religion, it is essential that the voices and values of atheists are well articulated and better understood. Cohen’s work is a warm, wonderful addition on this front.”

Kate is from Albany, N.Y. and has a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Dartmouth. Her essays distill observations of family, politics and culture into moments of clarity and insight. She also writes nonfiction documentary scripts, including the Emmy Award-winning “Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero” and the Gold Panda award-winning “How China Works.” She is the author of two other books, “A Walk Down the Aisle: Notes on a Modern Wedding” and “The Neppi Modona Diaries: Reading Jewish Survival Through My Italian Family.”

Kate wrote her first book, The Neppi Modona Diaries: Reading Jewish Survival through My Italian Family, which  tells the stories of a family of Jews who suffered under Fascist racial laws in Italy and went into hiding to survive the Nazis. It also explores Kate’s own perspective as a post-Holocaust, non-believing Jew at the end of the twentieth century.  In A Walk Down the Aisle: Notes on a Modern Wedding, she chronicles her wedding and examines the American wedding ritual.

 

Fetal Heartbeat Laws Defy Science, Religion, and Law

The laws against abortion that include a “fetal heartbeat” provision defy science, religion, and the law. There is no fetal tissue, no heart, and no heartbeat at the early stages of pregnancy to which these laws apply. Women are being forced to carry pregnancies based on a scientific lie.

No religious or societal consensus exists on when life begins or whether abortion is an allowable health choice. Women are forced to carry pregnancies based on the beliefs of one religion. Basing a law solely on the beliefs of one religion violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, because it cements into law the belief of that one religion that is contrary to the beliefs of many other religions and nonreligious people. It also violates the Free Exercise clause of the Constitution because people of any other religion or none are prohibited from practicing their religion as they see fit.

Click here to read the rest of this article on Secular AZ’s Substack. 

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Dr. Phil Zuckerman: How Secular Values Will Save the USA

Dr. Phil Zuckerman, author of Living the Secular Life, What it Means to be Moral: Why Religion is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life, and the upcoming Beyond Doubt The Secularization of Societyprofessor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College, regular affiliated professor at Claremont Graduate University, and guest professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark joins us to discuss how secular values will save the U.S.

 

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