The Top 10 Most-Read Articles of 2014

Since launching in February 2014, has published many truly fantastic articles examining news, politics, science, and culture from a humanist perspective.

As 2014 winds to a close, check out our ten most-read articles below. Spoiler alert: it appears our readers really enjoy satire!

10. The Year of the Sheep – Bad Luck for Superstitious Parents?

By Meghan Hamilton, 20 May 2014 (14,377 views)

Parents in China are rushing to ensure that their baby is not born after February 19, 2015, when the Year of the Sheep begins. Meghan Hamilton points out the ridiculousness of zodiac belief.

9. Arizona School Board Encourages Teachers to Tear out Pages in Biology Books about Sex

By Jason Heap, 14 November 2014 (16,128 views)

A school district in Arizona recently chose to “edit” an honors biology textbook because they disagreed with certain content. Jason Heap examines this disturbing development.

8. Losing My Religion and Going Public on Facebook

By Jason Eden, 13 May 2014 (17,163 views)

Eden, a former Southern Baptist preacher, describes process of losing his faith and undergoing his coming process – on Facebook.

7. Why Are the Poor More Religious?

By Merrill Miller, 27 August 2014 (17,296 views)

AHA Communications Associate Merrill Miller analyzes a New York Times article which identified the “worst’ areas of the United States to live-and found an interesting correlation.

6. TIME Magazine is Wrong. Rape Culture Does Exist.

By Ashley Jordan, 3 April 2014 (17,703 views)

In a powerful piece by Feminist Caucus leader Ashley Jordan, she criticizes a TIME article regarding the so-called hysteria of rape culture.

5. The Ethical Dilemma: How Do I Respond to “Have a Blessed Day”?

By Joan Reisman-Brill, 18 July 2014 (20,161 views)

Joan advice to someone who is tired of being on the receiving end of religiously-tinged salutations.

4. Censoring American History

By Benjamin Dancer, 13 October 2014 (27,697 views)

Benjamin Dancer’s high school history students and others made international headlines when they walked out of their classrooms to protest their school board’s plan to push patriotism and avoid negative aspects of U.S. history. Learn how he turned this act of civil disobedience into a teachable moment about our historical legacies.

3. Guess Who Got into a Facebook Face-off over Atheism?

By Neal Jones, 6 May 2014 (28,192 views)

A Facebook-spat between South Carolina state officials reveals the disturbing prejudice that exists against nontheists.

2. Next U.S. President to Be Sworn In on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

By Matthew Bulger, 1 April, 2014 (30,590 views)

As part of our satire-filled April Fools’ Day set of posts, Matthew Bulger imagined his dream scenario involving Douglas Adams’ 1979 science-fiction classic.

1. Kirk Cameron Back to Atheism Thanks to Bruised Banana

By Rachael Berman, 1 April 2014 (70,300 views)

The #1 most-read article on in 2014 packed a double-whammy: April Fools’ Day and Kirk Cameron.