Bernie Has Already Won His Revolution

With the votes all counted from the “Ides of March,” it’s clear that Bernie Sanders’ hopes for the Democratic Presidential nomination are all but dashed. Few commentators now believe he has more than a slim chance of victory, and the Democratic nominee for President is now overwhelmingly likely to be Hillary Clinton. Most Sanders supporters I know [Read More…]

Trump IS Evangelical Christianity

A Peter Wehner Opinion Piece in the New York Times today laments the ascension of Donald Trump as the anointed candidate of American Evangelicals, expressing amazement that Trump “won a plurality of evangelical votes in each of the last three Republican contests” and has gained the endorsement of prominent evangelical leaders. “If this embrace strikes you [Read More…]

God Doesn’t Get a Vote

Fellow Patheos Atheist blogger Libby Anne has a great post up on whether a candidate’s religion would affect her vote. Her opening almost perfectly parallels my own position: I personally feel that no, a candidates faith does not matter, but his or her values do. In other words, I don’t care whether a candidate is [Read More…]

Cleaning the Overton Window, Part 1: The Basic Theory

The Overton Window is one of the most frequently cited theories of political change in the freethought movement. It is also one of the least well understood. A clearer, more accurate understanding of the Overton Window will help the freethought movement progress: the Window must be cleaned so we can see through it clearly. This first post introduces the basic concept of the theory. [Read more…]

Humanism and Politics 1: Humanism is Political, or it isn’t Humanism

Religion and politics – two subjects we are admonished to avoid discussing at all costs. But what about irreligion and politics? How does the life stance of Humanism intersect with the political sphere? Are there political views that are mandatory for Humanists, part of the definition of the term? Is Humanism necessarily political? Or can Humanism as a philosophy stand aloof from political concerns and embrace the whole range of political perspectives? [Read more…]


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