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...]

Secular Service in the Appalachians

Compassion

The Humanist Graduate Community at Harvard is fundraising for our fourth annual Spring Break Service Trip. We are looking for help to reduce flight costs and to enable us to take a full group of students to engage in environmental work. If you are able to help out, please donate here! At the Humanist Graduate [Read More...]

Why I Call Myself “Non-Religious”

Ethical Culture

Today I got an interesting email from a friend asking why, even though I am training as an Ethical Culture Leader, I consider myself and term myself “non-religious”. This is a thoughtful question because Ethical Culture is legally and by self-description a “Humanistic Religious Movement”, and many (I think most) of the current Leaders consider themselves religious [Read More...]

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Ethical Culture

The weekend I had the pleasure of addressing the members of the Baltimore Ethical Society, one of a network of godless congregations around the country dedicated to individual and social ethical improvement (collectively called the American Ethical Union). I’ve been visiting Ethical Societies rather frequently recently as part of my training to become an Ethical Culture Leader [Read More...]

I’m On the The Pink Atheist Podcast!

Evangelizing

Check out my recent appearance on the Pink Atheist Podcast with Rachel Johnson, Phil Ferguson, and fellow guest Todd Stiefel! We talk atheism, Humanism, the Humanist Community Project, and coming out of closets! Listen Now! [Read more...]

Exorcism: Regret

Compassion

In this occasional series of posts I seek to exercise compassion toward myself, drilling deep into my own psyche to try to identify – and exorcise – harmful parts of my emotional makeup. Love, I don’t like to see so much pain. So much wasted, and this moment keeps slipping away. - Peter Gabriel, In Your Eyes [Read More...]

In Defense of Atheist “Churches”

Dialogue

Godless congregations. Atheist “churches”. Humanist communities. Few topics seem so divisive among atheists. For instance, Siana Bangura of The Heresy Club describes experiments like the London Assembly as “the first step in the wrong direction”, “tasteless at best and ridiculous, if not dangerous at worst”. “This”, she confers, “sounds like a cult”. I encounter similar [Read More...]


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