Category Archives: freedom from religion

Dawkins in Time Magazine: Stop indoctrinating children with religion

This piece by Richard Dawkins appeared in the online Time Magazine ten days ago, and I think it’s a great sign that a mainline media venue, one not known for criticizing religion, publishes something so “strident.” The essay, appearing in the “Religion” section, is called “Dawkins: Don’t force your religious opinions on your children.” If you’ve read […]

Making a virtue of necessity: Australian Anglicans tell schoolkids how great sex is

Reader Scott from Australia sent me this short video of two of his religious countrymen (countrypeople?) discussing whether God wants them to have sex. The answer was a resounding “yes,” and when I was told this was a video designed by Anglicans to be part of the religious curriculum in public schools,  I thought it was […]

Another parent gets a slap on the wrist for medically abusing her child in the name of faith

I’ve written a lot about religion exemptions for children’s medical care, which I see as one of the greatest harms of the clash between science and faith in America. Thousands of sick children have died because their parents, rather than taking them to regular doctors, rely on faith healing instead. And most states give the parents […]

Troy University chancellor issues notapology for promoting religion to students and faculty

On January 2 I wrote a short piece about how Jack Hawkins, the chancellor (i.e., president) of Troy University, a public university in Alabama, sent a 90-second video (below) to all the students and faculty of his university. As the Telegraph reported, the email was meant to be . . . a “reminder” of what […]

Chancellor of public university in Alabama violates U. S. Constitution by promoting religion to students and faculty

This piece of news is from—where else?—the benighted state of Alabama (yes, I know some of you freethinkers live there). As the Torygraph reports, Jack Hawkins, chancellor of  Alabama’s Troy University, a public school, was so impressed by the pro-religion video shown below that he sent it to all the faculty and staff. But let’s deal […]

McMullen case resolved: a big victory for secularism as proselytizing professor told to keep opinions on Christianity and creationism to himself

Our plane to Calcutta has been delayed by three hours due to fog (this is typical), so I’m able to write this post passing on some good news. You may have forgotten the case of Emerson T. McMullen, the Georgia Southern University (GSU) history professor (actually, an associate professor) who proselytized both Christianity and creationism […]

Kentucky comes to its senses, nixes tax incentives for Ark Park

Like its subject, Ken Ham’s Ark Park (“Ark Encounter”)—a project of his creationist organization Answers in Genesis—has had a tumultuous ride. First it had trouble getting financial support from backers (something that seems to have reversed after Bill Nye’s ill-advised debate with Ham), then went back and forth about whether it would get tax breaks (that […]

L.A. Times strongly endorses secularism

As a further sign of the times—that is, of the increasing secularism in the U.S.—we have an editorial from a major newspaper, yesterday’s Sunday Los Angeles Times, that calls for an end to marginalizing atheists, demonizing them, and calling them “unpatriotic.” The editorial is signed by the “Times Editorial Board,” thus representing the consensus opinion of the paper. Read the piece, […]

Update on the Georgia Southern creationism case: McMullen denies preaching Christianity or creationism

The case of Emerson T. McMullen, the Georgia Southern University (associate) professor of history who foists creationism on his students (see here for my previous posts on the matter) is getting more publicity, now on the national level.  Earlier, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science formally complained to […]

A distinction without a difference: Montgomery County schools keep Jewish and Christian holidays, but remove their names

Religiously-based holidays like Christmas and Easter are too deeply ingrained in the American school system to remove the breaks they offer for students; it would be daft to try to eliminate them, even though, I suppose, you could make a legal case that it’s favoring religion.  Those holidays also offend some of those of other faiths, like Jews […]

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