Unitarian Universalist Association Betrays Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics

Last week the Unitarian Universalist Association – the national organization which represents all Unitarian Universalist churches in the USA, some of which are Humanist congregations, and many of which include significant numbers of Humanists – renewed ties with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), praising the recent changes they have made to policies regarding gay boy scouts [Read More…]

Free Speech 2: What Is Free Speech and Why is it Good?

This is the second post in a series exploring the concept of free speech and its relationship to political protest, particularly relevant to recent discussions regarding the disruption by protesters of Donald Trump rallies. First post here. What Does the Right to Free Speech Entail? The right to freedom of speech is an idea about [Read More…]

Free Speech 1: What Are Rights?

This is the first post in a series exploring the concept of free speech and its relationship to political protest, particularly relevant to recent discussions regarding the disruption by protesters of Donald Trump rallies. Is a protest which disrupts a political rally an infringement of free speech, or an expression of it? Or is it [Read More…]

Bernie Has Already Won His Revolution

With the votes all counted from the “Ides of March,” it’s clear that Bernie Sanders’ hopes for the Democratic Presidential nomination are all but dashed. Few commentators now believe he has more than a slim chance of victory, and the Democratic nominee for President is now overwhelmingly likely to be Hillary Clinton. Most Sanders supporters I know [Read More…]

Trump IS Evangelical Christianity

A Peter Wehner Opinion Piece in the New York Times today laments the ascension of Donald Trump as the anointed candidate of American Evangelicals, expressing amazement that Trump “won a plurality of evangelical votes in each of the last three Republican contests” and has gained the endorsement of prominent evangelical leaders. “If this embrace strikes you [Read More…]

Don’t Put an Atheist on the Supreme Court

Physicist Lawrence Krauss argues in his latest for The New Yorker that Antonin Scalia’s replacement should be a “declared atheist”. He offers in support of this suggestion three main points: that an increasingly large proportion of Americans are nonreligious, and that an atheist Justice would represent this minority in government; that an atheist justice would “from a [Read More…]

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…]


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