Cleaning the Overton Window, Part 2: Is the Theory Accurate, Descriptively? What Does it Not Describe?

In the first post in this series I introduced the Overton Window theory of political change, and explained precisely what the theory maintains as it was first intended. In this post I will ask whether the theory is an accurate description of political change, and stress what political phenomena does the theory not describe. [Read more…]

Cleaning the Overton Window, Part 1: The Basic Theory

The Overton Window is one of the most frequently cited theories of political change in the freethought movement. It is also one of the least well understood. A clearer, more accurate understanding of the Overton Window will help the freethought movement progress: the Window must be cleaned so we can see through it clearly. This first post introduces the basic concept of the theory. [Read more…]

Gifts from GALA – A Sense of Solidarity

It’s easy to talk about being part of a “movement”. It’s a lot harder to get people to feel like they are part of a movement, to feel responsibility for each other, to feel like they share a common cause, to feel love for each other. But last week I felt it. I felt, deep in my core, what it means to be part of the LGBTQ Chorus movement, I felt the cause is righteous, and I knew that we can use the power of music to change lives. It was an experience I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and I’m certain that the youth on that stage will remember it always, too. [Read more…]

Magic Mike: Complete (lack of) Bollocks

Apparently, gay men are “flocking” (is that truly the preferred collective noun for gay men? A “flock”?) to see Magic Mike, Channing Tatum’s naked ass beckoning us to the theatre. I’ll warrant many will be disappointed by what they find there. Magic Mike is a deeply unsexy movie: one that does more to reveal America’s weird relationship with gender, sex and sexuality than it does to reveal the bodies of the strippers. [Read more…]

We Have Failed Leah Libresco

The conversion of Leah Libresco, a formally atheist blogger at Patheos who recently turned to Catholicism, has sparked all sorts of thoughts within me. I have a number of posts coming exploring various aspects of her decision, but here I just want to express sadness, frustration, and a sense that we, the Humanist community, have failed her. [Read more…]

AHA! – Amping-up the American Humanist Association Annual Conference

Ten (plus one) ways to improve the American Humanist Association Annual Conference. [Read more…]

Humanism in a New Key

A (long) response to Crommunist regarding the supposed dangers of group singing. [Read more…]