Justice Without God

“Tzedek, tzedek tirdof” – “Justice, justice you will pursue.” This phrase, which I learnt from my Jewish clergy colleagues while protesting together in Ferguson, lies at the heart of faith for many. Almost all religious traditions, somewhere in their scriptures or practices, make a call to justice. From the Muslim call from god “O you [Read More…]

Atheists Are Oppressed in America

A friend recently posted a question on Facebook which sparked much discussion: are atheists oppressed in the USA? I was not surprised by the troll responses from Christians ranting about how they are the most oppressed group in the States, but I was a little surprised that a number of atheists themselves seemed quite invested [Read More…]

So Your Family Voted For…

How do you survive the inevitable tensions of a post-election Thanksgiving, particularly after the most divisive and disturbing election in recent years? How do you navigate the tension between anger at your family and loved ones for their political decisions, and the desire to maintain good relationships with people who are important to you (or, [Read More…]

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…]

What Would You Live For? A Reflection on Martyrdom for Easter

This is an extract from one of my Platform Addresses (think sermons) at the Ethical Society of St. Louis. You can listen to the full Address here. A few years ago I attended a conference at Harvard, and at that conference was a panel of activists who had been making their names fighting for various different [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…]