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January 30, 2014 - 10:01 am

I've been actively engaged in two wars in my life, but I don't receive or deserve veterans' benefits.

January 22, 2014 - 1:17 pm

For years I’ve been advocating for “big-tent” atheism, which includes agnostics, humanists, secular humanists, freethinkers, and more. It’s a tent where people can choose activities according to their circumstances and comfort levels, a tent where they can follow their passion while respecting and supporting those with a different emphasis.

January 9, 2014 - 1:25 pm

I can’t say I’m surprised that Pope Francis (above) was Time magazine’s Person of the Year. And as an atheist, I’m not particularly disappointed by the decision. While Pope Francis hasn’t changed Church doctrine, he has at least changed its emphasis.

December 23, 2013 - 6:06 pm

As Americans gather to celebrate Christmas, fewer and fewer actually believe they are celebrating the birth of a divine being who subsequently died and then rose from the dead. But if you look around during the holiday season, that doesn't seem to matter much.

December 13, 2013 - 2:55 pm

Though most us might be biased, not all biases are created equal. There are degrees of honest biases, and there are clearly dishonest biases. But I’ll be generous and propose that biases are usually honest.

December 5, 2013 - 11:02 am

An interview with author and activist Sikivu Hutchinson

November 26, 2013 - 5:14 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 - 3:55 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 - 11:41 am

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 - 3:59 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

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