Secular Blog

November 26, 2013 - 6:14 pm

There’s a major problem in any survey of Jews: deciding who is really Jewish, and who gets to decide. Orthodox Jews demand that the mother be Jewish, while more liberal Jewish groups are willing to accept those with a Gentile mother if the father is Jewish.

November 13, 2013 - 4:55 pm

Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and Hopalong Cassidy were okay, but unquestionably my favorite TV cowboy in the early 1950s was the Lone Ranger. I’m not sure why I liked him when I was 10, but I now think he was a pretty good role model for atheists.

November 7, 2013 - 12:41 pm

It has become common place for politicians to toss around the term "religious freedom" as of late. But its meaning has become severely distorted.

November 5, 2013 - 4:59 pm

If you believe Rick Saccone, the Pennsylvania lawmaker sponsoring a bill to erect “In God We Trust” signs in public schools, he doesn’t want to use the apparatus of government to proselytize his Read Post

November 5, 2013 - 4:55 pm

When I visited Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 1987, and again last month, I saw evidence of many Christian missionaries along with some of the fruits of their labor (both sweet and sour, depending on your point of view). PNG is now one of the most Christian countries in the world.

October 15, 2013 - 11:52 am

What do Christian fundamentalists and many atheists have in common?  Both read the Bible as if it were meant to be taken literally, and both quote selected passages to buttress their case. Some atheists, for instance, cite biblical passages that justify stoning for heresy, blasphemy, adultery, homosexuality, working on Sabbath, worshipping graven images, and practicing sorcery.

October 15, 2013 - 11:49 am

Unfair prejudice is most shocking not when it comes from expected sources - a KKK leader, for example, or a skinhead - but when it comes from a respected mainstream spokesperson who supposedly reflects enlightened contemporary values.

October 7, 2013 - 11:46 am

Many atheists and humanists have mixed feelings when someone compliments one of our good deeds by saying "That's a Christian thing to do." We know they mean well, but they falsely equate goodness with Christianity. Consequently, and because of Pope Francis' recent remarks, I'm tempted to compliment him with "That's an atheist thing to do."

October 4, 2013 - 11:42 am

Secular Artist of the Month: October

October 1, 2013 - 4:14 pm

Although I'm an atheist, I almost always vote for a Christian, not because I'm impressed by their declared God beliefs, but because I usually have no other choice - unless I vote for a third party or write-in candidate who has no chance of winning, and even they are probably religious believers.

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