Journalist. Author. Speaker

Dan Arel is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author of Parenting Without God. He has also written for CounterPunch, CommonDreams, AlterNet, Time Magazine, On Faith, Salon, and many others. He maintains a full-time blog on the Patheos Network called Danthropology and writes a column of the same name for American Atheist magazine.

To contact Dan about writing or speaking, email him here.

Dan's Books

The Secular Activist

Are you interested in preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation? Do you think a secular system is the only way to ensure freedom of religion and conscience for all? Do you want creationism out of classrooms, religious dogma out of health care, and sectarian prayers out of government meetings? If so, as secular writer and activist Dan Arel demonstrates in word and deed, think again. Drawing on his experience fighting to keep $18 million in taxpayer money out of the construction of the Noah’s Ark theme park in Kentucky, Arel makes clear that the only way to stop the Religious Right’s assault on the wall separating church and state is for each of us to be active and vocal. He offers pragmatic lessons and guidance for protecting secularism, whether by raising awareness on social media, protesting in the public square, or knocking on doors in government corridors. For those who are waiting for others to stand up against antisecular forces, he reminds that each of us can make an individual difference—and that ultimately we must be the wall separating church and state.

Parenting Without God

Parenting Without God is for parents who lack belief in a god and who are seeking guidance on raising freethinkers in a Christian-dominated nation. It will help parents give their children the tools to stand up to attempts at religious proselytization, whether by teachers, coaches, friends, or even other family members. It also offers advice on teaching children to question what others tell them and to reach their own conclusions based on evidence and reason. Above all, the book argues that parents should lead by example—both by speaking candidly about the importance of secularism and by living an openly secular life.

Selected Writings

CounterPunch

The Socialist Revolution Beyond Sanders

CounterPunch

It’s Time for the Left to Abandon Liberalism

Time Magazine

It’s Time for the U.S. to Ban Spanking

Huffington Post

Democratic Socialism Isn’t What You Think

Salon

The Autism Blame Game

AlterNet

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Creationist Backlash

Dan's Blog

Dan maintains a full-time blog on the Patheos network called Danthropology