Boy Scouts of America: Still Bigoted


I was a Boy Scout for about two seconds. I liked the toggle and felt there was something swishy about the pseudo-military uniforms, which oscillate wildly between butch and high camp depending on the wearer and the situation. I also liked our school Scout Leader, who was a charming man who always dressed impeccably and [Read More...]

A Humanist’s Guide to Working with Clergy

Act Out

Since moving to work at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, I’ve had lots of opportunities to work with clergy in my local area. As an atheist this is often fascinating, sometimes uncomfortable, and on occasion troubling. Yet, as Humanists seek to spread our perspective more widely in the world, we will find ourselves working [Read More...]

Why Protest a History Museum?


Tonight I attended a protest outside the Missouri History Museum, and since some have asked me why, I thought I’d write a quick post about the issues as I see them. The protest stemmed from the museum’s decision to cancel an event which would have explored the concept of solidarity through the experience of activists from the [Read More...]

Utah Non-Discrimination Law: Compromise or Capitulation?


An unlikely alliance of LGBTQ organizations and the Mormon Church this week announced joint support for a proposed law in the Utah Senate seeking to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace while respecting “religious freedom”. Hailed by some as a significant political achievement and a model of mature governance, others suggest that LGBTQ [Read More...]

Yes, Atheists Can Be Conservatives. But Why Would We Want To?


Last week atheist activist and radio host Jamila Bey became the first person ever to address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on behalf of atheist voters. Representing American Atheists Inc., Bey took the floor to ask conservatives to “embrace” atheists, pleading “let me vote for GOP candidates”. Her message was simple: there are more and more [Read More...]

American Family Association’s “Bigotry Map” Backfires

AFA Bigotry Map

Anti-gay hate group the American Family Association has recently released a perverse mockery of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s national map of hate groups which they call a “Bigotry Map“. Promising to “expose anti-Christian bigotry in America”, the map includes locations of groups which are “anti-Christian”, “atheist”, “Humanist”, and which “promote the homosexual agenda”: The [Read More...]

The Archdiocese of St. Louis Wishes You a Merry Christmas!

Police in front of the Cathebral

This Christmas Eve I went to church. What brought me was the shooting of another black teenager by a white police officer: Antonio Martin, 18, who was fatally shot on Tuesday night near Ferguson. Today I got the call that a candlelit vigil would be held for Antonio and other victims of police violence outside the [Read More...]