Who Gets a Platform on the College Campus?

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When I was an undergraduate, the Cambridge Union invited Jean-Marie Le Pen – then Leader of the National Front Party of France – to debate immigration. Le Pen is a highly polarizing figure: a darling of the French right wing, and a demon to the left. Seen (rightly, I think) as a race-baiting, foreigner-hating, anti-semitic, [Read More...]

Sort of Like “Camp Quest” for Grownups – Adventures in Humanist Community!

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Edit: I’ve been asked to make clear that the reference to “Camp Quest” in the title of this post was metaphorical – this retreat is sponsored by the American Humanist Association and the American Ethical Union, not Camp Quest. Ever wanted to spend a week in a mountain lodge, ziplining and hiking in-between rousing discussions of freethought, Humanism, [Read More...]

Freedom of Speech and Public Schools

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A recent fight over freedom of speech in schools has prompted me to air out my thoughts on this complex and important topic. The Boston Spirit reports on the controversy (03.02.2013): The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) successfully fought to allow a high school student in Connecticut to wear a shirt that included anti-gay imagery. Wolcott [Read More...]

Religion and Education: Raising Humanist Kids

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The American Humanist Association’s recent Kids Without God campaign (my thoughts here) has provoked a response from no less a sage than William Lane Craig, who charges that the site, while promoting critical thinking and questioning, “never encourages kids to think critically about the tough questions concerning the justification of humanism itself.” Humanists, he argues, [Read More...]

Religion and Education: Towards Religious Literacy

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Education is my thing. I have undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of education, and was a high school teacher back in London before I defected to the USA. I care deeply that young people receive an excellent education which prepares them to be master of their own minds and encourages them to have an open, [Read More...]


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