June 7, 2021

By James A. Haught Here’s an odd twist of religion: Multitudes of Muslims believe that Jesus will return to Earth soon — not to spread Christianity, but to abolish it in support of Islam. Muslim scholar Mustafa Akyol outlines this tenet in his book, The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims. In a New York Times commentary, he explained: Islam has two major scriptures: the Quran, supposedly dictated to Muhammad by the… Read more

June 4, 2021

Rae and the Pacific Republic make their choice. Read more

June 2, 2021

Green energy will make civilization more resilient, and fiction and popular imagination hasn’t caught up with this change. Read more

May 31, 2021

By James A. Haught The solar system is relatively flat, occupying an imaginary plane in the sky called the ecliptic. Planets waver 8 degrees on each side of the centerline, in a belt called the zodiac. As the Earth travels around its orbit through the year, twelve different constellations of stars come into the zodiac area. Centuries ago, ancient mystics thought the position of these constellations, plus the whereabouts of passing planets, were magical signs and portents. They charted the… Read more

May 28, 2021

Rae has one more score to settle with Will Anton. Read more

May 26, 2021

New York City’s adoption of RCV paves the way to fix a fundamental flaw in American democracy. Read more

May 24, 2021

By James A. Haught Ancient Greece, birthplace of Western civilization, was contradictory. It produced the first known thinkers who tried to understand the world through logic and observation, instead of through supernatural explanations. Yet Greeks also sacrificed thousands of animals to imaginary gods on Mount Olympus, and gave gold to mystical “oracles” who babbled in trances. Greeks even fought the “Sacred Wars” over treasure stolen from the Oracle at Delphi. Surrounded by so much religion, one of the foremost logical… Read more

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

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