September 6, 2019

Much will be lost, and it’s right to grieve for that loss, but giving in to despair is a self-fulfilling prophecy. The fight against climate change has a bigger prize than the preservation of what we already have; if we win, we can create a better world. Read more

September 4, 2019

This week, I published my first ever column for NBC News’ opinion section: “Americans increasingly reject religion as politicians in Pennsylvania reject atheists and agnostics”. It’s about the Fields case in Pennsylvania, where a federal appeals court upheld the state legislature’s policy of inviting Christian ministers to open their sessions with prayer, while banning atheists from giving secular invocations. It’s a shocking and explicitly anti-atheist policy of discrimination, the first in a long time that a court deemed to be… Read more

September 2, 2019

Electrons and quarks, galaxies and black holes, electromagnetic radiation, DNA and cells, gravity, molecular bonds, the speed of light, the power in the nucleus – these contain a gospel more profound than any written by humans. Read more

August 30, 2019

Inequality has reached crisis levels. We can change the basic assumptions that society is built on, but to do that, we need to visualize the new shape of the world before we can make that image into reality. Read more

August 28, 2019

Brazil’s president views the Amazon as nothing but virgin resources to be plundered for profit. Read more

August 26, 2019

Humanism means helping people, and secular humanism means doing it without supernatural religion. Read more

August 23, 2019

The Fountainhead bombed at the box office because of, not in spite of, Ayn Rand’s hand on the tiller. Read more

August 21, 2019

The secular era continues to roll onwards: Denominations are shrinking, churches are closing, and high-profile Christian believers are deconverting. Read more

August 19, 2019

The snake-handlers and miracle men of evangelical Appalachia. Read more

August 17, 2019

This would have been better if I had posted it last month, but some messages are timely in every season. From the folk singer Josh Joffen, in the tradition of the great protest songs of the past, here’s a reminder of what America used to stand for and one day could again: Read more

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