Secularism is the Best Response to Greece v. Galloway

Yesterday a divided Supreme Court ruled that sectarian prayer – even prayer which promotes one religious faith the vast majority of the time, at the expense of people of other religions or none – can be held prior to legislative sessions of government bodies in the USA. I am not a lawyer or a legal [Read More...]

World Voice Day – Poetry and Prose

For World Voice Day 2014 – a celebration of the voice in all its facets – I’ve recorded some selections of poetry and prose requested by friends. There is some sad stuff, some happy stuff, some inspiring stuff, and some sexually explicit stuff (be warned!) – a whole range. Enjoy! World Voice Day – Poetry [Read More...]

Speaking for Earth: Carl Sagan’s Scientific Spirituality

Who Speaks for Earth

What: Speaking for Earth: Carl Sagan’s Scientific Spirituality Where: 30 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138, 4th Floor When: 10:00 am Sunday April 20th Facebook Event Page Can science and spirituality be mixed? What might the combination of the two look like? And what is “spirituality” anyway? All these questions and more will be addressed in [Read More...]

I Am Not a “None”

I went to church this week. Well, not exactly church, but to the remarkably-church-like Andover Hall at Harvard Divinity School (HDS). Throughout the school year they hold “Noon Services” there, one a week celebrating a different “religious tradition”. One week the Buddhists will have a service, the next week the Presbyterians, and so on. This week [Read More...]

How to Check Your Privilege in 5 Excruciating Steps

Dialogue

Recently, I changed my mind. Challenged over my uncritical reposting of a secular argument against abortion, I was forced to examine my assumptions, reflect on my identity, and consider how my actions might look from a different vantage point – in other words, I “checked my privilege”. The exhortation to “check your privilege” is common in [Read More...]

On the Privilege of Discussing Abortion

In April 2012 I was asked by a Secular Student Alliance affiliate to represent the pro-choice side in a debate on the morality of abortion at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. I was wary to accept. As a gay man, I reasoned I was less likely than most to be intimately affected by a [Read More...]

Cosmos – Epistemic, Existential, Ethical, and Aesthetic

cosmo

My bio as a Humanist speaker ends with the words “James was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan, and Star Trek” - and it’s true. When I discovered the works, words, and worlds of Carl Sagan, my world flew open. I’ve written about his unique approach to science, Humanism, and the big questions of life, and I’ve spoken [Read More...]


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