Boy Scouts of America: Still Bigoted

Boy-Scouts-of-America-badge

I was a Boy Scout for about two seconds. I liked the toggle and felt there was something swishy about the pseudo-military uniforms, which oscillate wildly between butch and high camp depending on the wearer and the situation. I also liked our school Scout Leader, who was a charming man who always dressed impeccably and [Read More...]

Atheism’s Lack of Values is a Bug, Not a Feature

Exploring Ethics

Recently the Friendly Atheist blog kindly hosted an article of mine arguing that Humanists should proudly reclaim the tradition of social justice which has historically animated their work. Focusing on recent events in Ferguson and St. Louis, the article sought to recognize important  critiques of organized Humanism – that it focuses on too narrow a slice [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...]

“Many Faiths – One Family”, Or “How I Became a Spiritual Leader”

Spiritual Leader

The moment I have worked for for for years has occurred: apparently I am a “Spiritual Leader”. It says so right on the program, and the envelope I’m given to thank me for coming says “Spiritual Leader James Croft” on it: I’m speaking at the 29th annual Forum on Tolerance, an event held at North [Read More...]

Bracing the Salty Current – Reason is a Humanist Value!

A while back I got into a back-and-forth regarding Atheism+ (an explicitly social-justice oriented Atheism promoted by blogger Jen McCreight) and its relationship to Humanism. My view, in brief, is that Atheism+, by infusing atheism with a commitment to an explicit set of positive values, is essentially a form of Humanism which, through the name, [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...]


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