August 29, 2018

By James A. Haught Silly episodes of religion flare occasionally — and America’s Satanist hysteria of the 1980s and ’90s was especially ludicrous. Many fundamentalists thought the moon-and-stars logo on Procter & Gamble soap signified a secret pact with Lucifer. P&G sued born-again Amway dealers who spread the absurd tale. Some evangelicals thought the blue-faced “Smurfs” cartoon show was a ploy to lure children into Satanism. Ditto for the Dungeons & Dragons video game. Still others thought that heavy metal… Read more

August 27, 2018

I’m not expecting much to come of this, but I have to admit it brought a smile to my face. Last week in court, Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pled guilty to felony campaign-finance charges stemming from illegal hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal. With this, he joins the many other high-profile advisors and officials convicted of crimes. (Just as a side note, we all agree that Trump cheated on his wife multiple times and paid off… Read more

August 24, 2018

For a conservative, Ayn Rand was a surprising embodiment of the “coastal elitist” stereotype. Read more

August 22, 2018

Pennsylvania’s grand jury report on pedophile clergy paints a picture of stunning scope and depravity. Read more

August 20, 2018

By James A. Haught The European Southern Observatory — a fifteen-nation consortium that operates telescopes in Chile — recently released a photo of two galaxies colliding. Here’s the stunner: It happened seven billion years ago, when the universe was younger, but it took seven billion years for fast-traveling light to reach Planet Earth just now. To look at the image today is looking backward in time through incredible eons. If you follow science, you may get an eerie sense that… Read more

August 17, 2018

Rand’s protagonists can step twice in the same river. Read more

August 15, 2018

By James A. Haught Suppose a miracle is reported — say, another Virgin Mary sighting by Catholics, or the 900-foot Jesus seen by evangelist Oral Roberts. Some Americans will embrace this news joyfully as evidence of the holy, while others will be skeptical. Here’s my question: What causes some people to believe such reports and others to doubt them? What is different inside the minds of the two groups? What makes believers and doubters? I really don’t know — and… Read more

August 13, 2018

Atheism has a positive and uplifting message to offer the next generation, but religious apologists want to dismiss it without hearing it. Read more

August 11, 2018

I almost missed this new album by Florence + the Machine. It’s quieter and more confessional than her previous releases (relatively speaking – Florence Welch hasn’t lost that operatic thunder, she just holds it in reserve more often). I’ve read that the lyrics of this song came from a private poem she wrote. I can’t stop thinking about this part: At seventeen, I started to starve myself I thought that love was a kind of emptiness And at least I… Read more

August 10, 2018

Will you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean? Read more

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