Vote For Me

Tomorrow you go to the polls, America, and I’m asking you to vote for me. Not as a candidate, you understand – I’m a UK citizen and I can’t run in this election, and I don’t think I’d do very well if I did. As a Brit I’d want you to immediately cede sovereignty back [Read More…]

The Issue that Dare Not Speak Its Name

As a gay man, interfaith coalition work often requires uncomfortable compromises. [Read more…]

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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…]