Category Archives: secularism

It’s Openly Secular Day

I forgot about today being Openly Secular Day, a day to “come out” as a nonbeliever and opponent of religious incursions into government. There’s a website on which you’re asked to tell one person that you’re openly secular (I presume this applies in the U.S., not Pakistan!). I don’t know anybody who doesn’t already know […]

Religion fades in the U.S.

Just remember, you heard it here first, and a fair while back: religion is on its way out in the U.S., no matter what John Gray claims. The diminution of faith in my land is much to be welcomed, and, according to Tobin Grant at the Religious News Service, is the ineluctable conclusion of the latest […]

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 […]

The vile hypocrisy of Facebook on “hate speech”: Muslims get a pass, Jews and Israel don’t

I’m putting up a cute kitten to start this post so that Facebook won’t remove it (the first photo always shows on a Facebook link): Yesterday I put up a post about a photo posted by a co-administrator of the website Global Secular Humanist Movement (GSHM). Below is the photo that Facebook removed (and notified me, who […]

Facebook removes a post critical of Islam

I’m now a moderator of and contributor to the Global Secular Humanist Movement (GSHM) Facebook Page, the page of an organization founded by Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar (an Iraqi activist), with the FB site run by both him and biology grad student Melissa Chen at MIT. It reaches a lot of people, and on the GSHM FB page […]

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 […]

Nonbelievers respond to David Brooks: Don’t tell us how to do secularism

There seems to be a penchant these days for some atheists and secularists to tell us how we need to replace religion with secular alternatives. Philip Kitcher wrote a pretty good book about it, Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism, but there are others who argue in a more annoying fashion, viz., Alain de Botton. My […]

In _____ we trust

UPDATE:  Reader Robin has already submitted a Ceiling-Cat-defaced bill, shown below. Perhaps there should be a contest for the most creative effacement of God. . . ___________ I found this suggestion for a U.S. currency stamp (and its placement) at the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster:   You could do it with Ceiling Cat, […]

Pictures of the day

I’ll close today’s posts with three unrelated photos. First, Randy Schenck from Iowa has taken pity on the cold squirrels, and build a double feeder in his Iowa home. Squirrels readily nom corn on the cob (dried, I think), and if you fasten the cobs vertically, as shown below, you get a cool feeder. (They also […]

Man bites dog: Greek prime minister, an avowed atheist, refuses religious swearing-in ceremony

You could have knocked me over with a feather. The new Greek prime minister is an out atheist, and has refused any religious accoutrements at his swearing-in ceremony. Having lived in Greece as a child and visited several times since, I know what a religious country it is. Nevertheless, as The Economist reports: GREECE’S new prime […]


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