Why Protest a History Museum?


Tonight I attended a protest outside the Missouri History Museum, and since some have asked me why, I thought I’d write a quick post about the issues as I see them. The protest stemmed from the museum’s decision to cancel an event which would have explored the concept of solidarity through the experience of activists from the [Read More...]

Humanism at Yale Week!


The Yale Humanist Community – an exceptional group of Humanists led by Humanist interfaith activist Chris Stedman – is hosting a fantastic panoply of events in the second week of April – Humanism at Yale Week. From discussion panels to service projects, the week promises a wide-ranging exploration of what it means to be a Humanist [Read More...]

Utah Non-Discrimination Law: Compromise or Capitulation?


An unlikely alliance of LGBTQ organizations and the Mormon Church this week announced joint support for a proposed law in the Utah Senate seeking to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace while respecting “religious freedom”. Hailed by some as a significant political achievement and a model of mature governance, others suggest that LGBTQ [Read More...]

Bartlet vs. Underwood


Who’d you vote for for President: Jed Bartlet of The West Wing, or Frank Underwood of House of Cards? I’ve been watching House of Cards, catching up on Season 2 before binging on the newly-released Season 3. It’s taut, tense drama with some incredible performances. There are delicious moments of skulduggery and intrigue. Each time Kevin Spacey looks [Read More...]

Yes, Atheists Can Be Conservatives. But Why Would We Want To?


Last week atheist activist and radio host Jamila Bey became the first person ever to address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on behalf of atheist voters. Representing American Atheists Inc., Bey took the floor to ask conservatives to “embrace” atheists, pleading “let me vote for GOP candidates”. Her message was simple: there are more and more [Read More...]

We Are Spock

Mr. Spock

There is a moment in Star Trek IV - undoubtedly the finest of all Star Trek movies – when Spock, having returned to his home-world Vulcan after his resurrection in the previous film, is answering a computerized test. The questions come quickly: Spock has scarcely answered one before the computer fires another, probing his knowledge of Vulcan history, chemistry, [Read More...]

Former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain Slurs Nonreligious


What if someone told you your life was meaningless? Not just your views or your opinion – which in some cases might be meaningless, were they poorly thought-out – but your actual life? How would you feel about that? What if someone said that the lives of a whole group of people are meaningless? And what if the reason they [Read More...]