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Fledging Titmice

Though there are many problems in the world, not everything is falling apart. For six titmice who had been growing in a hole in a maple tree outside my home, things are looking much brighter today.

Pope Francis Says Atheists Are All Right With Him

The last pope, Joseph Ratzinger, denounced secularism as a source of wickedness. Today, Pope Francis has released a statement that shows a very different attitude.

The Pope said: “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the [...]

What To Freak Out About And What To Ignore In Govt. Surveillance Of Fox News Reporter

Today, political writers across America are freaking out about the news that the Obama Administration conducted surveillance of Fox news reporter James Rosen, upon suspicion that Rosen was involved in a criminal leak of classified information. Over at Salon, Natasha Lennard breathlessly wrote that, “In the case of Fox News’ chief Washington correspondent James Rosen, [...]

Honoring The Two Row

Later this summer, a canoe flotilla will travel down the Mohawk River, and from there to New York City, to participate in commemorative events at the United Nations on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. [...]

Bernard Sanders Cites Pope Frances

The rejection of money as inherently wicked has not been a sustainable tactic for those who seek a just society. [...]

7 GOP Senators Vote To Deprive Medicare and Medicaid Services Of Leadership

For these seven Republican senators, providing health care for America’s older and impoverished citizens seems to be less important than scoring points with their most fervent anti-Obama constituents. [...]

Is The Day Of Reason Declaration Reasonable?

The Secular Coalition is bragging about its success in convincing Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee to sign this year’s Day Of Reason Declaration.

Something about the idea of a Declaration of a Day of Reason, however, strikes me as not very well-reasoned.

For one thing, the declaration states that we need more reason because, “the [...]

Do We Need A Constitutional Right To Vote?

The Constitution prohibits the government from preventing people from voting on the basis of race or gender. Poll taxes that prevent poor people from voting are also unconstitutional. A constitutional amendment has established that the age at which people may vote is 18. However, there is no place in the Constitution that states that “all [...]

Delaware And Bicycles

Marriage equality in Delaware, National Bike Month, and a pedaling protest against the Bigot Scouts of America. [...]

Robert Menendez Wants To Arm Syrian Groups Accused Of Using Chemical Weapons

There’s a huge amount of doubt about claims of chemical weapons use in Syria right now. When there’s doubt about whether people can be trusted, the default position should be to NOT send them weapons and money. Apparently, Robert Menendez doesn’t seen things that way. [...]

Martin O'Malley For President? What Do You Know About Him?

What else do you know about Martin O’Malley? What have you concluded about his worth as a potential candidate for President of the United States? Why do you think some Democrats are eager for O’Malley to run for President in 2016? [...]