Secular Blog

August 25, 2011 - 10:54 am

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s recent day-long prayer-and-fasting rally in Houston has led to some interesting fallout. Commentators in the media are taking an overdue look at the extreme views of the groups that sponsored “The Response.”

August 24, 2011 - 10:26 am

Republican candidate Rick Perry is being compared to George W. Bush, our most recent president from Texas. Here is one place the comparison breaks down. Perry is not campaigning to be the “Education President,” as Bush did. Whatever its merits, Bush was president when the “No Child Left Behind” act became law.

August 23, 2011 - 12:02 pm

In a Washington Post "On Faith" column a few days ago, Lisa Miller, a senior Newsweek religion writer, makes a rather puzzling argument, saying that concerns of secular progressives about the influence of conservative religion in presidential politics are overblown.

August 18, 2011 - 12:02 pm

At ten-years-old, while still an Orthodox Jew, I wondered why an all-powerful God had to take a day off each week to rest. I also worried about what bad things might happen to us if such a controlling God should fall asleep at the wheel of the universe.

August 17, 2011 - 2:13 pm

Child preacher Kanon Tipton has been receiving a lot of attention for his spirited sermons at his father’s Pentecostal church in Mississippi.  His parents claim “the hand of God is on him in a special way,” but I am skeptical as to just how divinely-inspired this 4-yea

August 16, 2011 - 1:57 pm

Years ago, a very devout people executed a revolution and overthrew a tyrant. As a matter of strategy, those revolutionaries held onto a handful of the tyrant's foreign allies who were in that country during the upheaval, in that some of their country's wealth was held in the hostages' homeland. The hostages' countrymen, far mightier than the holy revolutionaries, mounted a rescue.

August 10, 2011 - 11:37 am

Prayer, at best, can be an effective placebo. It helps believers feel they are doing something positive, and prayers might even “cure” some psychosomatic disorders.

August 8, 2011 - 1:04 pm

In case you didn’t have the time (or the willpower) to follow Texas Governor Rick Perry’s grandstanding prayer rally this Saturday, here is my list of the top five most divisive and/or outrageous statements made during the televised prayer-fest. 

August 4, 2011 - 4:59 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry had big plans for his exclusionary Christian prayer rally this Saturday. He was so proud of the event that he invited all 49 other governors to attend.

August 4, 2011 - 11:24 am

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an important ruling for church-state separation last week, affirming that officials in Forsyth County, North Carolina, were wrong to open an estimated four-fifths of public meetings with overtly sectarian prayers that specifically referenced Jesus Christ.

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