I’m an atheist. I don’t believe in the reality of gods, literally or metaphorically. Nonetheless, I find religions interesting in the way that they play with ideas, and am interested exploring the ideas that the gods proposed by religious groups represent.
My starting point in these explorations is the understanding that not all gods are […]
Down in Dallas, Texas, an organization called American Decency is planning to hold a political demonstration outside a sports stadium there, in protest of the decision by the Dallas Cowboys to hire Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL. “We cannot just stand idly by as Christian values and morals are trampled. […]
My teenage son and I have become enthusiastic fans of Doctor Who. We enjoy the imaginative settings and characters, the show’s sense of curiosity, and the unusual perspective allowed by a story with time travel at its center.
For a long time, I’ve appreciated the way that Doctor Who helps young people become comfortable […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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. […]
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 was an abolitionist, an advocate for Native American rights, a Women’s Rights Movement leader, and a prominent freethinker. […]
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. […]