October 12, 2019

This is great. Warren also gives a slant on this from a religious bent, too. Read more

October 11, 2019

From the American Humanist Association: The American Humanist Association (AHA) legal team just admonished leaders at the Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District in southern Mississippi after repeated constitutional violations. These egregious violations of the constitutionally-mandated separation of church and state include prayer over the intercom at football games, a football coach who hosts weekly meetings for the team at a local Baptist church, and a teacher repeatedly invoking Jesus in an accounting class. “The Constitution emphatically prohibits public school teachers… Read more

October 11, 2019

In a recent article in another blog here on Patheos, on the subject of not voting as a matter of principle, the following comment was posted by Greg Wertz: The problem here is that no matter how fervently you believe you are part of some magical Kingdom in the sky, you are most definitely part (of) whatever country you happen to live in here on Earth. And like it or not, not voting is still voting. So if you think… Read more

October 10, 2019

Trump has long made me angry. I am now more angry with him – disappointed, annoyed, fed up, confused yet unsurprised – than I thought I could be. And I always say this, but I simply cannot understand how his supporters can still muster the cognitive dissonance to remain faithful to him. This is not a political blog, though it often ends up there (after all, politics is a subset of morality), but an atheistic, philosophical one. Okay, the link… Read more

October 8, 2019

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Bigot: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices, especially one who regards or treats the members of a group (such as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance. An article in the latest issue of Church & State magazine gives a number of examples of religious pundits who blame nonbelievers for the increase in mass shootings over the past few years. This is an example of… Read more

October 7, 2019

Five-year-old Tafida Raqeeb has been on life support at a hospital in London after suffering a brain injury in February. Initially, the decision-makers in the health service had argued that she should be allowed to die and not moved to Genoa in Italy due to there being no hope of her retaining functional brain activity as she is minimally conscious. As The Independent states: Specialists caring for the child at the Royal London Hospital in east London have said further treatment is futile and that she… Read more

October 6, 2019

Here’s a proposal that will never fly, because it gores too many oxen. People who like one part will detest another. And those who like the second will hate the first. Nevertheless, I offer this as a set of ideas. Each item has arguments in its favor. Here is a summary of what I propose: Eliminate corporate income taxes completely. It has been pointed out many times that taxing corporate income, and then taxing dividends distributed to shareholders is double… Read more

October 6, 2019

Another press release from the American Humanist Association: Humanist and nontheist activists across Kentucky have joined with attorneys at the American Humanist Association in a warning letter following Governor Matthew Bevin’s (R) blatant Christian proselytization in a recent public video. On October 1, 2019, Bevin shared a video promoting Focus on the Family’s “Bring Your Bible to School Day” on his collected official social media channels. The video, in addition to endorsing the flagship event of the Christian nationalist group,… Read more

October 6, 2019

From the American Humanist Association: Leaders at the American Humanist Association were disappointed to learn that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the challenge to abortion access in Louisiana, as announced this morning. “This is just one manifestation of the extremism present in the federal judiciary,” explained Sunil Panikkath, President of the American Humanist Association. Panikkath continued, “The rise of Christian nationalism isn’t limited to our judicial branch, and the effort to use religion to limit reproductive freedom is… Read more

October 5, 2019

I am generally struggling with life at the moment, in terms of doing all the basic things I should be doing – my job effectively, parenting effectively, being a decent partner, having time off to experience and enjoy life, and so on. And that’s before I factor in blogging, writing, editing and all sorts. This is akin to the age-old problem of do we live to work or work to live. What is life all about and what should we… Read more

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