A Humanist Perspective on the Death Penalty

John Shook of the Center for Inquiry offers a Humanist take on the death penalty: Humanism cannot support the death penalty. … Humanism stands for valuing the lives of all, individual human rights, justice for everyone, and governments that defend all of their people. These grounds alone are sufficient for abolishing the death penalty. Humanism [Read More…]

Vanderbilt University Christians: Why Can’t We Discriminate?

Registered college organizations have to adhere to a few rules, one of which is that they must not be discriminatory. You can’t reject homosexuals or black people or Republicans or atheists from your organization because you don’t agree with their views. Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee audited the constitutions of around 300 campus groups and [Read More…]

Why Did This Canadian Public School Recite the Lord’s Prayer Every Morning?

One thing we’ve all learned from the Jessica Ahlquist case is that many public schools have religious symbols in the buildings — and they justify their placement by saying it’s “tradition.” It’s always been there, so it should always be there. Tradition is overrated, though, and in these cases, it doesn’t make it right. You [Read More…]

Are Fewer Weddings Being Presided Over By Church Leaders?

The Washington Post reported on a trend last week that might be linked to a decline in religious influence as well as the growth in secular values: It looks like more couples are having their friends preside at their weddings instead of members of the clergy. Their decision to forgo the more traditional route is [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Update from European Ex-Muslim Feeling Trapped by Family Ties

Note to readers: “Faithful Reader,” who wrote last week’s letter wants to respond to your comments, which were wonderfully caring, encouraging, and full of helpful practical suggestions. Here she offers an update on her situation, and answers a question about the way I had used the term “Muslima.” She also asks another question about protecting [Read More…]