Charlie Hebdo Responds to Muhammad-Inspired Firebombing with More Blasphemy

Last week, the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo ran with this cover: That’s “guest editor” Muhammad saying “100 lashes if you don’t die laughing!” For that, Hebdo‘s offices were firebombed, their website was hacked (with messages like “No God but Allah”), and protests erupted across Europe. Very likely the courtesy of extremist representatives from the [Read More…]

We Are the Risk-Taking Monkeys

Read this cartoon (click to enlarge) based off of an old experiment with monkeys and then ask yourself what the parallels are with religion: David Stockin summarizes it well and asks the obvious questions: The group knowledge, or paradigm, that climbing the ladder to reach the banana would result in group punishment, stayed with the [Read More…]

Who Needs ‘In God We Trust’?

In case you missed it on Friday, Michael Shermer had an op-ed piece in the LA Times, arguing against “In God We Trust” as our national motto: It’s time to drop the God talk and face reality with a steely-eyed visage of the modern understanding of the origin of freedom on which the United States [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Helping My Teen Son With His Profound Questions

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. My fourteen-year-old son admitted he is going through his existential crisis (my words, not his). What is an effective way to guide and support him through this time in his life while enabling him to find his own meaning? David Dear David, First, with a [Read More…]

Why Can’t This Army Captain Be a Humanist Lay Leader?

Capt. Ryan Jean isn’t trying to become a Humanist “chaplain” in the Army. He’s trying to become a “humanist lay leader — on a par with the lay Christians, Jews and Muslims who help military chaplains minister to the troops.” It almost seems like a stepping stone to the chaplaincy, a title would would carry [Read More…]