The past causes the present and the present causes the future.
That in a nutshell explains the importance of history to our lives. Studying history helps us understand how we came to be where we are. It helps us map our future by comparing our paths to the successes and failures of past civilizations.
Governor Mitt Romney’s most recent campaign ad focuses on one issue: President Obama and his relentless “war on religion.” As a Mormon, Romney should be able to recognize such a “war” when he sees one.
I’ve attended countless atheist and humanist conferences and never heard anyone justify sexual harassment. But I’ve heard heated discussions about what sexual harassment is. Alas, the god is in the details.
Across the United States, people are fighting to keep the institution of marriage separate from the controls of religious tradition. Yet, even in places that have largely shed religious requirements and embraced same-sex marriage, the fight for full marriage equality has not been won.
The good news for nonbelievers is that, for the first time ever, more than half the American population would vote for a qualified, open atheist for president. A recent Gallup poll shows that 54 percent of Americans would not consider a candidate’s atheism to be a disqualification for holding the nation's highest office.