Gay Marriage, Abortion, and Open Mindedness

Abortion and gay marriage

A Republican senator reversed himself on same-sex marriage and now supports it. What causes a change in so fundamental an issue? And how does this apply to abortion? [Read more...]

A Debt to Christianity?

Does Christianity give us much? Do atheists or secularists owe it a debt?

A popular article argues that all of us—atheists, too—owe a great debt to Christianity. It grounds the stable Western society that we take for granted. (Or does it?) [Read more...]

What Would a Religious Constitution Look Like?

The US Constitution is not in the least religious

The U.S. Constitution is secular, which provides protection to both atheists and believers, but this trait is under attack by Christian revisionists. They pretend that it’s actually religious. Let’s consider what a religious constitution would actually look like. [Read more...]

The U.S. Constitution is 100 Percent Secular—or Is It?

Is the Constitution secular? Yep.

Christians are eager to imagine the founding fathers building the nation’s foundation on a Christian footing. Is the Law of the Land secular? Or do these Christians have a point? [Read more...]

Religion and Sports: Just Cultural Traits?

How similar are religion and sports?

Religion and sports both have important dates throughout the calendar. They both have sacred designs and special clothes. They both have revered spaces. Superstition in sports is like supernatural belief in religion. They both create an “us” and a “them.” How far can we take this comparison? [Read more...]

Thoughtless Thinking About Homosexuality

Don't kiss a girl if you're a girl?

An online Christian ministry has a flabby argument against homosexuality and same-sex marriage that needs dismantling. [Read more...]

It’s a Pro-Slavery Free-For-All!

American slave auction, 1619

That God allows slavery in the Old Testament is one of the stickier issues Christian apologists deal with, but instead of dealing with it honestly, some want to ignore the difficult parts. Take a look at what they don’t want you to know. [Read more...]

Pushback on Abortion

More on the abortion question

My post in honor of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade has gotten a response. It’s more supportive than many Christian responses. Let’s take a look. [Read more...]

A Defense of Abortion Rights: The Spectrum Argument

Responding to the Christian view that abortion is forbidden

“Abortion means the death of a baby!” That’s true only if you say that a newborn baby is no different than the single cell that it came from. But this denies a spectrum of personhood that we all acknowledge. [Read more...]

Top Religion Story of 2012

Are Christians more generous than atheists?

The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue enjoys getting agitated about this or that perceived insult against his religion, but he’s delighted with a new study showing the religious to be more generous. A little research uncovers a different story, however. [Read more...]


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