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The Declaration On Freedom of Thought and Expression

The following items are the core items from the Declaration On Freedom of Thought and Expression approved by the World Humanist Congress at the beginning of this week.

Are these values universal? Should they be?

“The right to freedom of thought and belief is one and the same right for all. The human right articulated [...]

What American Values Are Also Universal Values?

In an interview with The Atlantic published this week, Hillary Rodham Clinton advocated the promotion of “American values that also happen to be universal values.”

What values is she talking about? What American values also are universal values?

In order for any such values to genuinely both American and universal, they must be:

1. Core [...]

What Are The American Values That The Campaign For American Values Supports?

The Campaign for American Values is a Super PAC, and as such, it likes to keep a lot of secrets. There are a few things that the Campaign for American Values is up front about, however, and those include its agenda, which is to… uh… support American values.

What are American values, anyway?

The United [...]

Edge Of Tomorrow Disappoints With Unoriginal Thinking

Edge Of Tomorrow thus manages to fail, simultaneously, to be imaginative and to be plausible. I think I might have had a better time watching the movie with the talking raccoon. [...]

Replication of the finding that Atheists are Rejected Most as Marriage Partners

Last week, Rowan created a visualization of Pew Research polling data regarding the rejection of atheists as marriage partners in the United States. The lesson was pretty clear: if you’re an atheist in the United States and you want to be accepted by your in-law’s family, you’re either going to need to be [...]

Matilda Joslyn Gage On The Freethought Trail

Matilda Joslyn Gage was an abolitionist, an advocate for Native American rights, a Women’s Rights Movement leader, and a prominent freethinker. [...]

Marriage, Religion, And An Alternative To Christian Family Values

Results from a recent survey by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press show that Christian churches are not teaching their members to be accepting of other people. They’re merely teaching them to be accepting of other Christians. [...]

American Teenagers Riding A Hookah To Hell!

My attention was caught this morning by a headline from USA Today that read: “Some teens gravitate toward hookah use”.

Whenever teenagers gravitate toward anything, you know it’s not good.

A quick survey of teen gravitation leads me to the information that teenagers are gravitating toward:

– Instagram… and a life of unpaid social media [...]

Contraception and Insurance and Race and Military Recruiters and Campuses and Lunch Counters

As you’re probably aware, the Supreme Court has ruled that some American corporations are free to deny insurance coverage of contraceptive costs to their employees on religious grounds. Think about your opinion regarding this issue.

As you might also be aware, the Supreme Court has also ruled that American colleges and universities must accept military [...]

Marco Rubio Calls For A Return To Thinking Stuff Is Important

“We must reinvigorate the role of values in our country,” Senator Marco Rubio said in a speech at a conference of the Faith and Freedom Coalition yesterday. He accused Democrats of failing to support values, saying that “they completely ignore the importance of families with values in our society.”

Values? Having values means having the [...]

Very Bad Music

Waltz in a minor (posthumous)? Sick and wrong!

This is EXACTLY what Tipper Gore was talking about when she stood up to criticize explicit modern music. I mean, just look at the music excerpted above; what’s being proposed has got to be a felony in at least two senses. To make the scene even [...]