Building Better Secularists?

Congregate

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...]

The Archdiocese of St. Louis Wishes You a Merry Christmas!

Police in front of the Cathebral

This Christmas Eve I went to church. What brought me was the shooting of another black teenager by a white police officer: Antonio Martin, 18, who was fatally shot on Tuesday night near Ferguson. Today I got the call that a candlelit vigil would be held for Antonio and other victims of police violence outside the [Read More...]

Atheism’s Lack of Values is a Bug, Not a Feature

Exploring Ethics

Recently the Friendly Atheist blog kindly hosted an article of mine arguing that Humanists should proudly reclaim the tradition of social justice which has historically animated their work. Focusing on recent events in Ferguson and St. Louis, the article sought to recognize important  critiques of organized Humanism – that it focuses on too narrow a slice [Read More...]

No I Am Not OK

Inside MoKaBe's Coffeehouse

In some ways I’m not a stereotypical Englishman. I don’t have that legendary English reserve, or much of a discomfort with feelings. I try to live my life like an open book, and when I’m happy, grateful, excited, or in love I want to share that. I try to be a joyous influence in others’ [Read More...]

How Can We Talk About Ferguson?

Congregate

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...]

This Atheist is Thankful for the Clergy

Clergy Pray During Protest in Ferguson

The word “clergy” makes me uncomfortable. I’ve always thought of myself as a nonreligious person, and the idea of a class of people separated from the rest of us, granted special privileges due to their position as representatives of a religious tradition, worries me. Too often, it seems to me, these privileges are held by those who [Read More...]

How Should Protesters Relate to the Police?

Act Out

This week I sat in on a press conference held by the Don’t Shoot Coalition, a broad alliance of national and St. Louis-based groups dedicated to securing structural change after the shooting of Michael Brown. As part of the press conference the Coalition proposed a set of “rules of engagement” meant to guide protesters and the police ahead of [Read More...]


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