May 21, 2021

The Pacific Republic treats death with reverent simplicity, rather than capitalist ostentation or religious denial. Read more

May 19, 2021

[This is a guest post from my wife Elizabeth. Check out her podcast at Feminist Coffee Hour too! —Adam] News that the Supreme Court will hear a case on Mississippi’s 15 week abortion ban has rocked pro-choice circles and has left many feeling a sense of despair. Could this be another step towards the end of legal abortion in the United States? Sidebar: This wouldn’t be the end of Roe v. Wade. That happened in 1992 when the Supreme Court… Read more

May 17, 2021

By James A. Haught In an 1820 letter to Portuguese scholar Correa de Serra, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “Priests of the different religious sects… dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight.” Jefferson saw the clash between religion and science clearly. Ever since his day, science has achieved astounding benefits for humanity, while supernatural faith has provided little. In Jefferson’s time, human life expectancy averaged in the 30s (mostly because of horrible child deaths). Today, life is… Read more

May 14, 2021

Voting begins, as the Pacific Republic decides whether to save the world or leave it behind. Read more

May 12, 2021

George W. Bush doesn’t deserve forgiveness for his disastrous presidency even if he does criticize the equally or even more disastrous Trump presidency. Read more

May 10, 2021

By James A. Haught Astronomer Carl Sagan wrote a blunt attack on all forms of magical thinking. In The Demon-Haunted World, he assails: Astrology horoscopes, faith-healing, UFO “abductions,” religious miracles, New Age occultism, fundamentalist “creationism,” tarot card reading, prayer, prophecy, palmistry, transcendental meditation, satanism, weeping statues, “channeling” of voices from the dead, holy apparitions, extrasensory perception, belief in life after death, “dowsing,” demonic possession, the “supernatural powers” of crystals and pyramids, “psychic phenomena,” etc., etc. The message of his book… Read more

May 7, 2021

Rae reconciles with Will Anton. Read more

May 5, 2021

If the people who attended these festivals were obeying the will of God, as they believed, why didn’t he protect them? Read more

May 3, 2021

By James A. Haught The ghastly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami on the day after Christmas – one of the worst natural disasters in the history of humanity – may have had an unexpected side-effect: Intelligent people increasingly may be forced to abandon the notion that an all-loving, all-powerful, fatherly, kindly, creator god controls the universe. If a deity caused the Indian Ocean horror, or callously did nothing to save the shrieking victims, he’s a monster. The tragedy proves conclusively that… Read more

April 30, 2021

Exhausted from her campaign work, Rae goes out for a night on the town. Read more

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