May 27, 2019

By James A. Haught Under the right circumstances, a brave freethinker can rescue a fundamentalist society and lead it away from oppressive religion. That’s what Mustafa Kemal Ataturk did for Muslim Turkey in the 1920s and 1930s. He turned a narrow Islamic society into a modern secular democracy. It was noble and inspiring. Ataturk was born in 1881 to Muslim parents who named him simply Mustafa (“the chosen one”). His pious mother wanted him to attend a religious indoctrination school… Read more

May 24, 2019

How bad zoning perpetuates segregation and the affordability crisis. Read more

May 22, 2019

We knew on election night that reproductive rights were facing extinction in much of the U.S. Read more

May 20, 2019

  By James A. Haught In the mid-1800s, an imprisoned Persian allegedly saw a vision of a “heavenly maiden” who informed him of his holy status. Later he declared that he was Baha’u’llah, the Promised One of All Religions. In effect, he said he was Jesus returning for Christians, the Messiah coming for Jews, Lord Krishna coming for Hindus, a long-awaited divine imam coming for Muslims, etc. He drew thousands of followers, called Baha’i. Surrounding Shi’ite Muslims massacred them, but… Read more

May 17, 2019

The central animating principles of The Fountainhead and of Atlas Shrugged are fatally at odds. Read more

May 15, 2019

The rising popularity of eco-friendly, non-traditional methods for disposing of the dead is a sign that religion’s grip is weakening. Also, sad news on Rachel Held Evans. Read more

May 13, 2019

UU is full of doubters. Why isn’t the denomination honest enough to say so? Read more

May 10, 2019

Ayn Rand’s startling endorsement of labor unions, and why she never learned the lesson taught by her own book. Read more

May 8, 2019

The quiet radicalism of universal compassion and acceptance. Read more

May 6, 2019

By James A. Haught The Lilly Endowment, a rich foundation created by pharmaceutical heirs, says part of its mission is to “deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians” and to “foster public understanding about religion and help lift up in fair and accurate ways the contributions that people of diverse religious faiths make to our greater civic well-being.” The foundation just donated $4.9 million to the Associated Press and a consortium of groups to “expand religion news reporting.”… Read more

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