Discussing the Ohio Holocaust Memorial on the Camels With Hammers Show

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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...]

The Difference Between Secular Law and Secular Culture

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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...]

Symbols and Secularism – What Sort of Secularism do we Want?

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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...]

American Atheists Lose 9/11 Cross Lawsuit

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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...]

The Freethought Movement in 2013 – 5 Hopes and Challenges

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...]

Atheists Giving Aid – Support Sandy Hook Elementary

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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...]

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...]


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