I have been avoiding writing about the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: my feelings are too fierce and conflicted, and I cannot find precision. Yet I feel I cannot stay silent, so I prevail upon you, my reader, to grant me a space to speak openly and honestly on an issue which is full of complexity [Read More…]
Today Alan Turing, computer science pioneer, inventor of the “Turing Test”, and Second World War Hero, was pardoned by the British crown. The pardon repeals his conviction for “gross indecency” – he admitted to having a homosexual relationship after his house was burgled by an acquaintance of his lover, and was promptly prosecuted and plied [Read More…]
It Gets Better if we make it better. That’s the message of the It Gets Better video I appeared in, with students and faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. [Read more…]
Interfaith will remain a contentious issue for nonbelievers. I recognize the principled disagreements of those who feel they cannot in good conscience engage in such work. But I myself find the arguments in favor sufficiently compelling to get stuck in. Principled engagement in interfaith efforts can not only accrue the basic benefits of interfaith work, but can itself damage religious privilege. Taking this road requires courage, and it requires skill. But it is not, I believe, a betrayal of Humanist principles. on the contrary: it is a noble expression of them. [Read more…]
You work for Believe Out Loud, a group which seeks to promote full LGBT equality within Christian churches. It’s approaching Mother’s Day, and you want to send a message saying that, whoever you are, you should be welcome in Church that Sunday. You put together an ad showing two women, holding hands, walking their smiling son down the aisle of a church. You want to promote it widely, so you buy up ad space on Sojourners, famed “progressive Christian” website and movement, and wait for your call for love, inclusion and acceptance to light up the web.
And Sojourners spits in your face. [Read more…]