December 10, 2018

It’s going to be a gloomy Christmas for a lot of Trump supporters, and not just because the Democrats took back the House in the midterms. It’s also because that making-America-great-again stuff isn’t working out for them like they had hoped: Times are tough all across rural America. Nationwide numbers paint a rosy picture of accelerating growth and near-full employment. Swaths of the countryside tell a different story, its protagonists barely scraping by as their jobs drain away in the… Read more

December 7, 2018

An easily abused power, but there are times when it’s an essential tool in the state’s arsenal. Read more

December 5, 2018

By James A. Haught [Note: I picked this column to run today for a reason. Pat Green, one of my Patheos Nonreligious colleagues and a former pastor himself, is in the midst of a serious personal and financial crisis caused partly by difficulty finding adequate employment since leaving his clerical job. If you’re willing and able to donate to the GoFundMe campaign started on his behalf, please consider it. —Adam] One indicator of religious decline in America is the significant… Read more

December 3, 2018

With multiple state and federal probes underway, the revelations soon to come may be even worse than what we learned from Pennsylvania’s grand jury report. Read more

November 30, 2018

If you don’t like the same books, music and clothing at sixty that you did at sixteen, there’s something wrong with you. Read more

November 28, 2018

By James A. Haught In the 2018 election, America’s shrinking segment of white evangelicals mobilized strongly for the Republican Party – but the rising cohort of nonreligious Americans failed to exert their full political power. As secularism grows relentlessly, white evangelicals have declined to a mere 15 percent of the U.S. population (down from 20 percent in 2012). But they’re so ardent for conservative causes that they constituted 26 percent among the 113 million voters who cast ballots on Nov…. Read more

November 26, 2018

Fighting fire with fire could be the key to beating the conservative conspiracy theory mindset. Read more

November 23, 2018

All setup, no payoff. Read more

November 21, 2018

By James A. Haught Are you a religious believer or a doubter? Let’s find out. I’ll cite some sacred, holy, divine, religious tenets, and you tell me if you believe them. Aztec priests sacrificed about 20,000 people a year to many gods including an invisible feathered serpent. Do you think an invisible feathered serpent wanted human lives offered to it? Or are you a skeptic? Muslim suicide volunteers who flew airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon left… Read more

November 19, 2018

Almost a year ago, in “#MeToo and the Atheist Community”, I wrote about creepy atheist men who’ve been caught out by the #MeToo wave of resurgent feminism. One of them was Richard Carrier, who was apparently a big supporter of social justice until it interfered with his ability to get laid. After several allegations of inappropriate conduct (and one admission that Carrier made himself, namely that he made a pass at a student at a Secular Student Alliance event in… Read more

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