Freedom of the Press Foundation

Nonbelievers have a strong interest in free speech and a free press, particularly where freedom to publicly criticize religion in concerned.This is particularly clear in Islamic contexts, where religion is socially very powerful. Since censorship is usually deployed by the powerful in protection of their interests, it's understandable that Muslim countries are often in the lead in attempts to suppress mockery and criticism of religion.In the United States, religion is not quite so powerful … [Read more...]

Randal Rauser Nails It: Church-State Separation Not to Blame for Today’s Massacre

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It’s because of no school prayer, of course

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One Reason Why Strong Pro-Gay Marriage Supporters Should Be Worried

Whether the United States and the States should authorize same-sex marriage, in my opinion, should remain a matter of federal legislative public policy, and of state constitutional law and/or legislative public policy. Therefore, I strongly oppose the thesis that the United States and/or the states as a matter of federal constitutional law are obliged to authorize same-sex marriages or their functional equivalents. I also oppose the repeal of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) by Congress, or its … [Read more...]

Atheist Persecution

"According to its survey of some 60 countries, the seven where expression of atheist views or defection from the official religion can bring capital punishment are Afghanistan, Iran, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Sudan."LINK … [Read more...]

A Question about Palestinian Statehood

(This is only indirectly related to metaphysical naturalism and theism, so please forgive me if this seems too off-topic for you.) In light of the recent decision about the UN's decision to recognize Palestine as a Non-Member Observer State and the opposition to that status by the U.S., Israel, and others, I have a simple question.If North Korea gets to be recognized as a full member of the UN, then what objective basis is there for excluding Palestine? Most of the international community … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Make the Boy Scouts Truly Private

If the Boy Scouts of America want to invoke their right as a private organization to discriminate against homosexuals and nontheists, then they should not receive any form of government assistance.LINK … [Read more...]

Marriage Equality in the state of Washington

I'm proud to be a citizen of one of the first states to pass a Marriage Equality act (Referendum Measure No. 74 in Washington).70% of the ballots in the state have now been tallied, and Referendum 74 is currently ahead by about 6 percentage points (53% to 47%). There are a little over 370,000 more ballots to count, but 133,000 of those are from the largest and most liberal county in the state: King county (where I live), and King county is approving 74 by a large margin (about 66% to 34%), … [Read more...]


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