5 Things Humanists Can Learn from “Welcome to Night Vale”

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Tuesday night, I sat in a packed auditorium while the Secret Police tried to determine the identity of a murderer through an evening of Mystery Dinner Theatre. At first, it was a total mystery, and the killer ran rampant – even killing other guests at the Dinner! But soon I developed a tentative alliance with another [Read More...]

Former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain Slurs Nonreligious

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What if someone told you your life was meaningless? Not just your views or your opinion – which in some cases might be meaningless, were they poorly thought-out – but your actual life? How would you feel about that? What if someone said that the lives of a whole group of people are meaningless? And what if the reason they [Read More...]

Building Better Secularists?

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David Brooks is writing about secularists again in the New York Times, arguing that nonreligious people, lacking the institutional and communal support offered by religion, need help if we are to avoid “loss of meaning” and “unconscious boredom”. “Secular writers are so eager to make the case for their creed,” he argues, “they are minimizing [Read More...]

How Can We Talk About Ferguson?

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Today I attended two discussions on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and its aftermath. The first was with adults, in a Forum at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, comprised of Members and friends ranging in age from 20s to over-60s, many an advanced degree and professional career among them. The second was with [Read More...]

Where Do You Belong?

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Today at the Ethical Society of St. Louis we had the pleasure of hosting Dale McGowan, editor of Parenting Beyond Belief and all-around great guy. After he spent some time speaking with parents of children in our Sunday Ethical Education for Kids program, he gave our Sunday address, and something he said stuck with me: he said [Read More...]

Marching through Ferguson

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It’s strange, perhaps, for an activist to admit they do not enjoy marches. Marches and rallies – so often the go-to response when a community wishes to demonstrate power, generate solidarity, or express outrage – make me deeply uncomfortable. The emotional energy, the collective passion, the chanting and shouting and call-and-response: all of it makes [Read More...]

Some Atheists Are “Joiners” Because All Atheists Are People

Conservative commentator S.E. Cupp recently appeared in an utterly weird segment for CNN claiming that conservative atheists are better than progressive ones. There’s lots wrong with the video, and Humanist interfaith activist Chris Stedman has written two excellent takedowns here and here challenging some of her ridiculous claims (“conservatives have no problem with atheists!”, “atheists aren’t politically marginalized!”). They’re [Read More...]


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