Repost: Museum or Memorial, and Why It Matters: Thoughts on Religious Symbolism and the 9/11 Cross

This article was originally written for State of Formation, an interfaith community blog. I repost it here to ensure all my posts on the 9/11 Cross are hosted in the same place, as discussion of the issue still continues. Here are my other posts on the matter: Cross With American Atheists The Humanist Hour and [Read More…]

Bruce Gorton’s Bollocks: More Straw Stedman

Some important points to note before reading this post: I am an atheist. I have been one all my life. I am an atheist activist, and I give up a whole lot of my time, for nothing, to promote greater visibility and respect for atheists around the USA. I do this because I believe that [Read More…]

The Tell-Tale Heart

For your delectation, and due to a tie-breaking vote from my roommate Brooks, I present to you Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart! Happy Halloween! The Tell-Tale Heart (Audio Only) [Read more…]

Houston Oasis: A Trend, Not a Blip

Hemant Mehta recently reported the formation of Houston Oasis, “a community that meets weekly to provide support and fellowship in a diverse environment.” Founded by former pastor and graduate of the Clergy Project (“a confidential online community for active and former clergy who do not hold supernatural beliefs”) Mike Aus, Houston Oasis seeks to provide [Read More…]

“We Are Atheism” Needs Your Help!

We Are Atheism is a great campaign which seeks “to provide a platform for atheists around the globe to see that they are not alone”. Participants share a short video about themselves and their atheism and, in the process, dismantle dangerous stereotypes about us and show the world that atheists are everywhere, in every community. Here’s my [Read More…]

The Foundation for Religious Diplomacy

Recently I’ve been contacted regarding the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, an organization which “aims to decrease disrespect and ill will between people who adhere to different religious or ideological beliefs and practices”. So far, so interfaith. What’s interesting and different about this group, however, is that they require participants to hold central their disagreements with each other, [Read More…]

Alex Gabriel on InterView and InterFaith

Alex Gabriel of The Heresy Club has a great post up exploring a different way of doing interfaith (or “interview”) discussion – discussion characterized not so much by the search for common ground but by critical examination of each other’s’ beliefs. Sounds great! His criticism of much interfaith discussion is spot-on, and worth sharing: I think [Read More…]

Sometimes We Cannot Be Civil. But I Can.

Thanks to commenter Giliell, whose comment on this post inspired me, to Dan Fincke for much writing on this topic, and to Ethan, for discussing these issues with me last night. I am for civil discussion. I oppose the use of demeaning language and rhetoric in every situation, against every foe. I believe that we [Read More…]

Why Humanist Communities? A Short Talk for Cork

I just recorded a short talk to celebrate the first anniversary of the Cork Humanist Community, which addresses three questions: Why are Humanist communities important? What makes a strong community? What are some things a Humanist community can do to develop and grow? [Read more…]

“Many Faiths – One Family”, Or “How I Became a Spiritual Leader”

The moment I have worked for for for years has occurred: apparently I am a “Spiritual Leader”. It says so right on the program, and the envelope I’m given to thank me for coming says “Spiritual Leader James Croft” on it: I’m speaking at the 29th annual Forum on Tolerance, an event held at North [Read More…]