Ask Richard: Staying in the Closet for Your Parents’ Sake

I receive hundreds of letters, far more than I could ever answer even privately, and that is a constant frustration for me. So sometimes I try to answer those letters which come close to representing an issue common to many, hoping that the people whose letters I could not answer might gain something from my [Read More…]

Edwina Rogers’ Speech at the Women in Secularism Conference

At the Center for Inquiry’s 2012 Women in Secularism Conference, the Secular Coalition for America‘s new Executive Director Edwina Rogers spoke about the group’s mission, key issues, and how “Religiously Motivated Legislation Particularly Harms Women”: Because of prior obligations (and as a last-second addition to the conference), Rogers was unable to do a Q&A during [Read More…]

Seth MacFarlane’s Harvard Humanist of the Year Award Mentioned in New Yorker Profile

This isn’t breaking news or even close to it, but the latest New Yorker has a long profile of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. In it, writer Claire Hoffman mentions one of his honors that, with other celebrities, may have gone unacknowledged: [MacFarlane] has a more visible public persona than he did in the early [Read More…]

Boston Family Loses Court Challenge to Remove ‘Under God’ from Pledge of Allegiance

A couple of months ago, I posted about a family from Boston that was suing to get “Under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance. When Michael Newdow made headlines for taking his case to the Supreme Court a decade ago, his argument was that the Pledge violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment [Read More…]

U.S. House Member Introduces Resolution to Allow Prayer During School Board Meetings

Rep. Timothy Walberg (R-MI) has introduced a resolution in the U.S. House that would allow prayer at school board meetings across the country. Right now, he has 38 co-sponsors, all of whom are Republicans. House Resolution 662 states (emphases mine): Expressing support for prayer at school board meetings. Whereas the freedom to practice religion and [Read More…]