August 2, 2021

By James A. Haught Next time you pass a million-dollar church, remind yourself that it represents a goofy streak of humanity. Christian houses of worship symbolize the claim that God impregnated a virgin to produce his son Jesus as a half-divine half-human to live among people. But the doctrine of the trinity says God and Jesus are the same deity, which could mean that Jesus impregnated his own mother to make himself. Was that akin to divine incest? Thomas Jefferson… Read more

July 30, 2021

America’s governing plutocrats discover how badly the country is faring under their rule. Read more

July 28, 2021

Just when victory over COVID-19 seemed in sight, the virus is staging a comeback. Vaccination rates in the U.S. have slowed to a trickle, just in time for the more-contagious Delta variant to arrive. Now it’s surging all across the country, in what CDC director Rochelle Walensky called a “pandemic of the unvaccinated”. All fifty states are seeing upticks, although the biggest hot spots are in undervaccinated red states like Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri. Earlier this month in Springfield,… Read more

July 26, 2021

By James A. Haught Atheists are disliked in America — constantly denigrated in public surveys — which may explain why many doubters conceal their lack of belief. However, a 2017 poll by University of Kentucky researchers found that perhaps one-fourth of Americans are either overt skeptics or “closet atheists”: a far higher ratio than previously thought. Here’s the background: Two-thirds of Americans say they have negative opinions about disbelievers. More than one-third think atheists shouldn’t be allowed to teach in… Read more

July 23, 2021

The plutocratic rulers of the United States gather for a conclave. Read more

July 21, 2021

This is the mindset that gave rise to witch trials and pogroms, to the rack and the thumbscrews, to waterboarding and burning at the stake. Read more

July 19, 2021

By James A. Haught Enormous human betterment has occurred since the Enlightenment, chiefly because crusading liberals overcame conservative resistance, time after time. Modern democracy arose because America’s radical founders renounced the divine right of kings and took up arms against England and George III. They created government of the people, with no aristocracy. Slavery ended because radical abolitionists hammered the entrenched institution until the horrible Civil War wiped it out. Women gained the right to vote because radical suffragettes fought… Read more

July 16, 2021

Rae and Will return to their alma mater. Read more

July 14, 2021

The American right wants to ban critical race theory, which they use as an umbrella term for anything and everything that makes white conservatives angry. Read more

July 12, 2021

By James A. Haught Sociologists are amazed by the swift disintegration of Christianity in America. It’s a stunning cultural transformation, confirmed by dozens of surveys and studies. A Gallup Poll found that fewer than half of Americans (47 percent) now belong to a church or mosque or temple – down from seventy percent at the start of the 21st century. Today, more than half of Americans are churchless. Tall-steeple “mainline” Protestant faiths – once the pillar of WASP respectability -… Read more

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