After Boston Bombs, Atheists Denied Healing

Healing Our City

After bombs which recently struck Boston (my adopted city, where I’ve lived for almost six years now), the community seeks to heal. Bombs like that cause more than physical wounds: they tear at the psychological fabric of society. I grew up in London during the tail-end of the IRA’s campaign, and remember how my commute to school [Read More...]

American Atheists Lose 9/11 Cross Lawsuit

Reason

I am not at all surprised to report that American Atheists have lost their lawsuit against the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Associated Press reports: U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts rejected the arguments of American Atheists…Batts wrote that the cross and its accompanying panels of text “helps demonstrate how those at ground zero coped [Read More...]

Three Things Holding Humanism Back

Humanism - Reason, Compassion, Hope

Clay Farris Naff, writing for the Huffington Post, argues that “Humanism’s Moment of Opportunity [is] Going to Waste”: The evidence is in, and it is clear: New Atheists have been a media success and a societal failure. They know how to sell books, how to debate, how to sneer, skewer, and satirize — in short, [Read More...]

USPS Discriminates Against Atheist-Branded Packages?

USPS Discrimination?

io9 is reporting on a fascinating little “study” conducted by an Atheist shoe company from Berlin (thanks to Alex Gabriel for the tip). As they describe: ATHEIST SHOES is a German based-company that, as its name suggests, makes comfy kicks “for people who don’t believe in god(s).” The company regularly ships shoes, like the ones pictured [Read More...]

“Militant Atheism” and Religion – a Response to Frans de Waal

Dialogue

Frans de Waal – primatoligist, ethologist,  Professor at Emory University, and sometime commentator on religion, has a new piece on Salon asking whether/arguing that “militant atheism has become a religion” (the title seems to have undergone a swift change, with no one, at the time of writing, noticing that when you rephrase a statement as a question [Read More...]

Reflections on Returning from Kentucky

Spring Break Trip Participants

Sorry for the blogging-break – I’ve been busy! I’ve just returned from the Humanist Graduate Community at Harvard’s 4th annual Secular Spring Break Service Trip. This year, we headed to Harlan, KY, for a week of service-learning focused on the environmentally-damaging practice of mountaintop removal mining. The trip was extremely challenging: physically, of course (my [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...]


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