Secular Blog

January 8, 2015 - 9:24 am

The recent PBS documentary, Thinking Money: The psychology behind our best and worst financial decisions, never mentions religion, but I couldn’t help but relate the worst money decisions it describes to belief in God.

December 22, 2014 - 9:38 am

I recently I gave suggestions on what religious people shouldnot say to the atheist in the family. Here are conversations and suggestions that might improve family relations, especially at holiday gatherings.

December 19, 2014 - 1:35 pm

I recently gave tips on how atheists can peaceably interact with religious family members at Thanksgiving. Now, here are tips for religious family members on what not to say to an atheist during holidays or any other family gathering.

December 2, 2014 - 9:32 pm

Groucho Marx famously said, “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.” I’m thinking about joining a club that I thought would never accept me as a member.

November 19, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Should atheists come out to their religious family at the Thanksgiving dinner?

October was a good trick-or-treat month to wear masks and pretend to be someone else.

November 6, 2014 - 2:44 pm

I'm conflicted about privileging religion in prison, because government should not privilege religion inside or outside of prison. However, I think most prisoners should receive more privileges than they now have, and a substantial number shouldn’t even be incarcerated, yet they sit in prison because of our cruel and ineffective War on Drugs.

October 27, 2014 - 2:45 pm

hile back I wrote about the War On Christmas manufactured by Fox News, in which saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” was somehow taken as an insult to Christians.

October 22, 2014 - 8:17 am

 is a Jew? While I’m often asked how I can be both a Jew and an atheist, this question hardly ever comes from Jews. According to all branches of Judaism, a person is Jewish if born to a Jewish mother. Since my mother was Jewish, so am I. End of story. But it isn’t.

October 14, 2014 - 10:31 am

There’s an elephant roaming through the Vatican these days, but apparently the pope hasn’t noticed. Its name is Women.

September 26, 2014 - 11:42 am

Some people avoid labels, but not me. I’m a Jew, a humanist, a secular humanist, an atheist, an agnostic, a skeptic, a freethinker, a rationalist, an infidel, and much more. Which label(s) I lead with depends on the context and with whom I’m communicating, but they all help define me in some way.