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

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

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

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

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”

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…]

bmorethical

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!

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…]


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