Echoes of New England

Cape Cod from the Provincetown Monument

Inside the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, echoes. Echoes of footsteps from people climbing up, 252 feet of stair and slope and stone. Echoes of voices from people speaking with each other, planing their weekend or recounting their adventures. Echoes of laughter from children running, trying to reach the top before their parents. And echoes from [Read More...]

Beyond Secularism

Secularism is an important value: a secular government – a government which does not embody or promote any particular religious or nonreligious worldview, and which bases its policies on what is likely to improve the welfare of its citizens rather than on any particular religious ideology – is an essential component of a flourishing society. [Read More...]

Let Humanism Ring: American Humanist Association 2014 Annual Conference Report

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The American Humanist Association met in Philadelphia this weekend for its 73rd Annual Conference (“Let Humanism Ring!”), a celebration of the Humanist worldview and an opportunity for the AHA (the foremost organization for the promotion of Humanism in the USA) to update its members on the activities of the year. The conference began, as in previous [Read More...]

No Such Thing as Islamophobia?

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There is an unfortunate trope in the Freethought movement which suggests there is no such thing as “Islamophobia”. Rather, those who take this view aver, Islamophobia is merely a term used to shut down criticism of inhumane aspects of Islamic belief and practice, a useful weapon in the hands of the liberal thought police. Such [Read More...]

Daniel Dennett’s Strange Idea – and a More Radical One

Daniel Dennett - philosopher and atheist “horseman” – has been deeply involved with the Clergy Project, an effort to provide religious professionals who are experiencing doubts about their faith a safe space to discuss their changing views and a way to transition away from religious life. It’s a great project: for many it is an extraordinary psychological [Read More...]

We Must Criticize Islam – Responsibly

Humanism - Reason, Compassion, Hope

On Monday I helped coach a group of leaders from all around the world in the opening session of the Harvard Kennedy School’s “Global Change Agents Executive Education Program“. It was an inspiring day: participants from all continents and numerous nations shared their stories, explaining  what called them to change the world. One story particularly [Read More...]

Leave the Satanists Alone!

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A visit to the website of The Satanic Temple threatens, at first glance, to reaffirm one’s worst prejudices. A rich red background is stamped with a livid symbol of a horned goat superimposed upon a pentagram. Scanning the page reveals an illustration of Paradise Lost by Gustav Dore, showing Lucifer’s expulsion from heaven: the angels, feathered wings unfurled, are [Read More...]


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