Brandon Withrow

Freelance Journalist and Author

I’m a freelance journalist and the author of nine books. Below are samples of my writing.


The Daily Beast

Go Out and Visit a National Park While You Still Can

Not every day-hike has a pay-off like that of the popular Avalanche Trail in Glacier National Park. It begins with a leisurely boardwalk through red cedars and hemlocks,...

The Daily Beast

It Wouldn't Be an American Road Trip Without Roadside Chapels

"Cover the earth before it covers you," said philosopher Dagobert D. Runes. American travelers apparently agree, as there has been a record number of visitors to the national...

The Daily Beast

Forget the Car, Biking Is the Best Way to See Your State

PEDAL POWER Cruiser bikes-those retro-looking bikes, which usually only have one gear-are not uncommon on a paved bike trail. The woman I'm passing has a basket on hers, whose...

The Daily Beast

A Non-Believer's Road Trip Through God's Country

Approximately, 150 miles South on I-75 from my Ohio home is the former site of what we call " Touchdown Jesus "-a massive 62-foot statue of Jesus from the waist up with his arms...

The Daily Beast

How Religious Fear is Shaping the Culture War

On Monday, the Supreme Court allowed President Trump's travel ban to take effect. That he doesn't hide his anti-Muslim sentiments well is not a secret-a firestorm erupted over...

The Daily Beast

The New Religions Obsessed with A.I.

What has improved American lives most in the last 50 years? According to a Pew Research study reported this month, it's not civil rights (10 percent) or politics (2 percent):...

Washington Post

Why repealing blasphemy laws might help promote religious freedom (ANALYSIS)

"God is a lie." In some countries, uttering, scribbling or texting that statement will get you thrown in jail, beaten with a rod or possibly killed. The "crime" is blasphemy and...

The Daily Beast

Will Islam Inherit the Earth?

Controversial right-wing Congressman Steve King made headlines in March when he tweeted his support for anti-Muslin Dutch politician Geert Wilders saying, "Wilders understands...

The Daily Beast

What It's Like to Be Black and Atheist

On Nov. 15-and just in time for awkward Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners-nonbelievers everywhere celebrated Openly Secular Day. But being out about one's secularity is often...

the Guardian

When we give up a faith, we grieve for the community we leave behind | Brandon G Withrow

You've likely heard the numbers by now. Approximately 23% of Americans are religiously unaffiliated (atheist, agnostic and "nothing in particular"). This demographic is expected...