Secular Blog

September 23, 2013 - 3:21 pm

Nobody can accuse the Catholic Church of being democratic, but as an atheist I’ll paraphrase Winston Churchill’s remark about democracy: Pope Francis is the worst pope we ever had, except for all the others. I’m no papal historian, but I’m pressed to think of a less bad pope.

September 18, 2013 - 10:26 am

Probably because my writing and activities frequently involve taking stands on issues of public policy, from time to time I am asked whether I would consider running for political office.

September 17, 2013 - 12:34 pm

As a baseball-loving elementary school student in the early 1950s, two apparently unrelated changes became part of my daily life. The Cincinnati Reds transformed into the Cincinnati Redlegs, and the words "under God" were added to the Pledge of Allegiance.

September 6, 2013 - 1:27 pm

Since Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the most sacred days of the Jewish calendar, why would an atheist Jew like me note these high holidays? And I’m by no means unique.

September 4, 2013 - 10:04 am

What should we make of a recent study that, like earlier ones, says atheists are more intelligent than religious believers?

August 26, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Most Americans, religious or not, agree on the importance of religious freedom as enshrined in the First Amendment, though they disagree about specifics. Should the government promote religion? Give special tax breaks to religion? Favor one religion over another? Favor religion over non-religion?

August 19, 2013 - 10:06 am

I think I speak for many atheists who browse the religion section of bookstores, notice a portion of books set aside for religious fiction, and say to myself, "Isn't that redundant?"

August 13, 2013 - 10:04 am

Nobody has ever mistaken me for a Muslim, but I now feel an affinity toward Muslims or, more accurately, toward one Muslim- Reza Aslan.

August 5, 2013 - 1:19 pm

I've been married for many years, although not particularly enthusiastic about it-until now. Don't misunderstand. Sharon and I have had a loving, committed relationship for decades. But recent consciousness-raising arguments over same-sex marriage changed my overall opinion about marriage.

July 31, 2013 - 12:19 pm

A recent blog in the London Guardian entitled “The six types of atheist” has created quite a stir among atheists. The six types are based on a study at the University of Tennessee.

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