July 1, 2019

Secularism and freedom of conscience are hard-won rights at the heart of modern democracy. Read more

June 27, 2019

In this story, the bad guy wins. Read more

June 26, 2019

The Supreme Court recently upheld a huge cross on public land as constitutional, a decision that heralds dark days for church-state separation in the years to come. In the past, this would have been the kind of thing I’d devote much angry analysis to; but I find I just can’t get worked up about it. Lately, I care more about the fact that the U.S. government is building concentration camps: Children as young as 7 and 8, many of them… Read more

June 24, 2019

Except for a fringe of fundamentalists, the nation lives as if God doesn’t exist. Read more

June 21, 2019

Ayn Rand repeats her Big Lie about slavery and envisions a justice system that runs on random vigilante violence. Read more

June 19, 2019

A joyous and long-overdue adaptation, even if it tries a little too hard to be faithful to the book. Read more

June 17, 2019

Conservative believers contradict the values of the social gospel taught in the New Testament. Read more

June 14, 2019

Ayn Rand’s philosophy holds that having to interact with your fellow human beings is a grudging, unpleasant necessity. Read more

June 13, 2019

The powers that be at Patheos have recently rolled out a sitewide keyword filter for comments which affects all blogs, including this one. As many people have noticed, more comments are being held for approval than in the past, often for containing seemingly inoffensive words. We weren’t given advance notice of this, and I’m not thrilled with how it was handled. My understanding is that it was an effort to screen out comments that are hateful, spammy or obscene, because… Read more

June 12, 2019

The miracle cures that genetic science promised us are finally arriving. Read more

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