Where are humanists when it hurts?

Writing for the New York Times, Samuel G. Freedman is asking how humanists can and should respond to tragedies like the recent school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The funerals and burials over the past two weeks have taken place in Catholic, Congregational, Mormon and United Methodist houses of worship, among others. They have been held in Protestant megachurches and in a Jewish cemetery. A black Christian youth group traveled from Alabama to perform “Amazing Grace” at several of the ser … [Read more...]

Movieguide: Rejecting God Leads to Murder by “Soulless Meat Machines”

In light of something as horrible as the Sandy Hook shooting, it's not surprising that people want to know the reasons why something like this happened -- presumably so they can prevent it from happening again. Shortly after the shooting, Mike Huckabee made some comments about a cause that received no small amount of attention and criticism, including some from CAPC's very own Alan Noble.And now, Ted Baehr and Tom Snyder -- the folks behind Movieguide, a popular movie review site that has r … [Read more...]

What am I cheering for when Anonymous takes on Westboro Baptist Church?

Westboro Baptist Church -- the infamous "Christian" group known for their virulently anti-gay agenda and for protesting soldiers' funerals -- further cemented their status as one of America's most hated groups when they announced that they would protest a vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting to "sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment." The reactions came swiftly: Counter-protests were called for and a White House petition to have W … [Read more...]

Is Sandy Hook a Sign that We need a Christian Culture? Or a Savior?

When tragedies like Sandy Hook happen, everyone looks at the event to find evidence to support their vision of the Good Life. For some, it was a sign that we need tighter gun control, while for others, a sign that we need looser gun control, or better mental health, or better school security. According to Rachel Held Evans, it's a sign to Mike Huckabee that God abandons school children when prayer is taken out of school -- and she dramatically dismisses Huckabee's words as "bullshit". Only, … [Read more...]

How do you Choose Public Policy? Sandy Hook, Gun Control, and Pragmatism

What drives your convictions on public policy? Is it your commitment to certain ideologies? Or to certain goals?Last month, our nation reminded us how incredibly divided we are, and that division continues to manifest in the fiscal cliff debates and now, after the Sandy Hook tragedy, with regards to gun control. Disagreement and dialogue is healthy for our country, but it's not healthy if no one ever changes their position. If all our debates do is fire up supporters, then we've exchanged … [Read more...]