Don’t Put an Atheist on the Supreme Court

Physicist Lawrence Krauss argues in his latest for The New Yorker that Antonin Scalia’s replacement should be a “declared atheist”. He offers in support of this suggestion three main points: that an increasingly large proportion of Americans are nonreligious, and that an atheist Justice would represent this minority in government; that an atheist justice would “from a [Read More…]

Two Forms of Secularism

Secularism is the principle that the government and religion should not unduly influence each other. A secular government is not anti-religious – a government which actively discouraged religious faith would be anti-secular. Rather, a secular government seeks to maximize the religious liberty of individual citizens by ensuring that they are not forced by the state [Read More…]

Beyond Secularism

Secularism is an important value: a secular government – a government which does not embody or promote any particular religious or nonreligious worldview, and which bases its policies on what is likely to improve the welfare of its citizens rather than on any particular religious ideology – is an essential component of a flourishing society. [Read More…]

Secularism is the Best Response to Greece v. Galloway

Yesterday a divided Supreme Court ruled that sectarian prayer – even prayer which promotes one religious faith the vast majority of the time, at the expense of people of other religions or none – can be held prior to legislative sessions of government bodies in the USA. I am not a lawyer or a legal [Read More…]

The Difference Between Secular Law and Secular Culture

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…]

Skepticon 5 Day Two – Jessica Ahlquist!

I spent much of the morning working on my presentation for Sunday, but I had to make it into the hall for Jessica Ahlquist. Jessica needs no introduction: she’s the scrappy high school atheist who objected to a prayer banner at her school and was ostracized and bullied for it until she finally had to [Read More…]

A New Story for Easter – The Fiction of Christian Persecution in the UK

Two prominent UK figures speak out against Secularism and Atheism, peddling a narrative of Christian persecution.

What are they so afraid of? They’re afraid we’re winning. [Read more…]