Biden Blunts Romney-Ryan Momentum with Emotional Performance

The vice-presidential debate tonight was a masterful, if uneven, performance by Joe Biden, showing the President a thing or two about how to emotionally connect with voters. Biden altered his tone throughout the debate to demonstrate his passion and excitement, while hammering Ryan repeatedly for his lack of specifics and outright distortions of the facts. His laughing [Read More…]

Getting Acquainted

‘We are laying the foundations of the grand temple of the future–not the temple of all the gods, but of all the people–wherein, with appropriate rites, will be celebrated the religion of Humanity. We are doing what little we can to hasten the coming of the day when society shall cease producing millionaires and mendicants [Read More…]

Standing On Principle

I’m just now getting back to my ongoing discussion with Stephanie Zvan of Almost Diamonds. You can see previous posts in the series here: Temple Talk Definitely Diamonds The Value of Defiance Because We Need Power A Coalition is Not a Community The Difference Between Goals and Values In her most recent post Stephanie also [Read More…]

‘Bigot’: if the Shoe Fits…

Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the UK’s Liberal Democrat Party, has recently received much criticism when his office mistakenly published the text of a speech he was to deliver which touched on the issue of marriage rights for gay and lesbian people (in the UK gay people can enter into a civil [Read More…]

Not Every Creed is a Dogma

PZ Myers has just posted an interesting piece regarding some of the pushback Atheism+ is getting from some quarters of the freethought community. Apparently, some think A+ is divisive, exclusive, a fruit of the egos of the perceived leaders, an attempt to tell people what to think, a hive mind, a religion of atheism, and [Read More…]

Am I Anti-Religious? Are You?

In my discussions on Atheism+ and its relationship to Humanism it has frequently been suggested that A+ is more “anti-religious” than Humanism. What does it mean to be “anti-religious”? I’m not sure that I have much idea. Certainly, if there are things that religious people are doing or believing which cause harm then I am [Read More…]

Atheism+, Humanism, and Religion

In the ongoing discussions around Atheism+ and its relationship with Humanism one issue crops up again and again: the perception that Humanists – at least some Humanists – have an attitude toward religion which the atheists who are excited by Atheism+ do not share. But is this really true? [Read more…]

What Humanism Is – and Isn’t

A short introduction to Humanism, tackling some common misconceptions. [Read more…]

Atheism+ is Humanism Rebranded – And That’s OK!

Jen McCreight has proposed a “new wave” of atheism, “Atheism+”. Here’s her description of what this new wave would look like: We are… Atheists plus we care about social justice, Atheists plus we support women’s rights, Atheists plus we protest racism, Atheists plus we fight homophobia and transphobia, Atheists plus we use critical thinking and [Read More…]

Interviewed by Dan Linford

I had a great time being interviewed by Dan Linford of the Libere blog. We discussed my religious background, Humanism, Humanist communities, religion, social change and a wide variety of other topics. [Read more…]


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