Last week, students at over 2,500 schools walked out of class to protest gun violence. In Washington, D.C., the walkout ended up as a march and sit-in at the White House (which, predictably, ignored it). The kids’ TV channel Nickelodeon went off the air in solidarity. Most were high schoolers, but some students who joined the walkout were as young as 10 years old (they even made press packets). As one of them said: “Some parents have felt that we’re… Read more

It’s not a positive sign when your boss believes that literally nothing is more important than work. Read more

I’m all in favor of reevaluating all our values, because the good ones will survive the process. Read more

Children’s rights don’t cease to exist just because they’re not equipped to exercise them. Read more

It’s jarring to see a writer of Jewish ancestry using elements of propaganda rooted in the genocidal fantasies of the Third Reich. Read more

Like me, you may be feeling discouraged by the latest wave of bad news about prominent figures in the secular community. But I also believe we can’t let their misdeeds be the last word. If we want to see a better atheist movement, one that takes diversity and social justice seriously, then we have to do more than criticize foolish or bigoted statements made by the current crop of atheist “thought leaders”. (I’ve come to wonder if even rebutting the… Read more

If you won’t stand up for the things you believe when it comes to the testing point, you have only yourself to blame if people conclude that you never meant any of it. Read more

Any day when Janelle Monáe announces a new album is a good day. Any day when she promotes that album by releasing not one, but two videos – one a sultry Prince-inspired love song, one a defiant black power anthem – is even better: And yes, that first video is the one that taught me the term “bisexual lighting”. Just sayin’. Read more

You’ll need a cold shower after getting an eyeful of all that hot, wet concrete and stiff rebar. Read more

Debunking a claim that genetic evidence verifies a relationship between native Americans and ancient Israelites. Read more

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