Galen Broaddus

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Galen Broaddus is a web developer, certified Secular Celebrant with the Center for Inquiry (CFI).[1] Secular celebrants perform ceremonies such as marriages and funerals for atheists/agnostics/skeptics and are part of the secular humanism school of secular thought (see also: Atheism, rites and rituals).

In addition, he is an atheist blogger.[2]

Galen Broaddus' federal lawsuit about the inability of secular celebrants to solemnize marriages in Illinois

See also: Atheism and marriage and Atheist marriages and Irreligion and domestic violence

He lives in central Illinois.[3] Illinois is a state with a marriage statute which does not allow secular celebrants to solemnize marriages.[4][5] Broaddus and the Center for Inquiry filed a complaint against Macon County, Illinois, challenging the constitutionality of Illinois’ marriage statute.[6] In January 2017, the case was decided in favor of Broaddus and CFI, allowing secular celebrants to solemnize marriages in the state.[7]

Research suggests that irreligiousity is a causal factor for domestic violence.[8] See also: Irreligion and domestic violence

Christian apologist Michael Caputo wrote:

Recently the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has published its mammoth study on Religion in America based on 35,000 interviews... According to the Pew Forum a whopping 37% of atheists never marry as opposed to 19% of the American population, 17% of Protestants and 17% of Catholics.[9]

Theodore Beale declared that according to the 2001 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) "more than half of all atheists and agnostics don’t get married."[10]

The social researcher and author Shaunti Feldhahn found that those who attend church regularly have a significantly lower divorce rate than those who don’t.[11][12]

Social science data also indicates the irreligious have higher rates of domestic violence (see: Irreligion and domestic violence and Secular Europe and domestic violence).

Galen Broaddus on leaving the atheist/secular movement

See also: Atheist movement and Atheist pessimism about the atheist movement and American atheism and Atheism and leadership

Galen Broaddus wrote:

But after a few years of seeing how the secular movement has been functioning on a large scale, I no longer feel like I can in good conscience be an enthusiastic supporter of it...

At the end of last year, I stepped away from the group I’d been a part of for nearly four years and led for almost two of those. I won’t go into the details out of respect for those who are still involved with it (and, to be perfectly honest, a desire not to publicly discuss it), but it was a deeply frustrating experience for me.

When the page turned to 2016, my connection to local community was gone. The group I’d led wasn’t actually that local to me, and while I considered the possibility of looking for people in the city where I live, I decided that I wasn’t up to it, not at that time.

Now I feel like community isn’t something I need at all...

If I need community, I can find a less toxic one.[13]

Broaddus has described himself as an "occasional secular activist".[14]

Galen Broaddus on groupthink within the atheist movement

See also: Atheism and groupthink and Atheist indoctrination

Broaddus wrote about atheists and groupthink:

...I am practically beside myself with rage at how many atheists in the movement have conducted themselves in particular over the past few weeks. These are largely people who openly castigate religious people for their credulity, for their lack of compassion, for their groupthink and wagon-circling — only to perfectly and completely obliviously act out those same behaviors.[15]

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