Last night I participated in an intelligent, thoughtful discussion of the Ohio Holocaust memorial (my posts on that topic here and here) on Dan Fincke’s Camels With Hammers Show!. The video is now available! Here it is: [Read more...]
Secularism is one of my highest values. I consider a secular state – a state in which the government neither represents nor promotes any religious affiliation, in which laws are not made on the basis of purely religious arguments, and which remains neutral in matters of faith and conscience – to be one of the [Read More...]
The Freedom from Religion Foundation has recently expressed opposition to a proposed memorial recognizing victims of the Holocaust to be erected on public ground in Ohio (see artist Daniel Liberskind’s design above). The grounds of their complaint is that the memorial’s design features a prominent Star of David created from negative space, and therefore creates [Read More...]
I am not at all surprised to report that American Atheists have lost their lawsuit against the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Associated Press reports: U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts rejected the arguments of American Atheists…Batts wrote that the cross and its accompanying panels of text “helps demonstrate how those at ground zero coped [Read More...]
It’s time to get the freethought movement moving. 2012 has been huge: The Reason Rally powerfully demonstrated the rise of a new political constituency, and the presidential election – with 70% of religious “nones” voting for Obama – showed the potential of freethinkers to shape American politics in the future. But it won’t be easy: activating our influence [Read More...]
Donate here. A call for compassion from American Atheists along with the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics and We Are Atheism: During this time of great tragedy, American Atheists along with theSociety of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics (SOMA, a SSA affiliate and University of Kansas Student Organization) and We Are Atheism, have decided to come together to raise funds for the children and their families [Read More...]
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...]
The Reason Rally – one of the biggest dates in the freethinking calendar for many years. The line-up of speakers is impressive. The location is auspicious – the Washington Mall has hosted some of the most significant moments in American history. The time is right – nonreligious people have never been so numerous, visible or energized as they are now. The Rally will doubtless receive major media coverage. So this is an opportunity. A chance for thousands of freethinkers to gather and present themselves to the country and to the world.
What will we present? [Read more...]
I’ve just written another post on the 9/11 cross controversy, which I find particularly interesting as a philosopher of aesthetics and symbolism. You can find it here:
http://www.stateofformation.org/2011/08/museum-or-memorial-and-why-it-matters-thoughts-on-religious-symbolism/ [Read more...]
Most American are religious. Most of those religious people are Christian. Isn’t it understandable that in a time of enormous suffering people who are religious, and whose religion is commonly represented by the symbol of a cross, will latch onto a cross-shaped piece of rubble and ascribe significance to it and draw strength from it? I understand it. I think many non-Christians can understand it. Now what if you wanted to put this cross in a museum? What if you wanted to record it as part of the history and narrative of the 9/11 attacks, and our response to them? And what if the museum, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, is supported by public money and on public land?
American Atheists, Inc. says no. I say yes, and loudly. [Read more...]