Monthly Archives: October 2012

Abortion Is Not Murder

I’ve heard many good arguments against abortion. Well thought out and presented, etc. I’ve also heard some poor ones, particularly from fundamentalists. Particularly when they call abortion murder. The problem with this is that it is not murder. Abortion is not homicide. You can’t just go changing definitions all willy-nilly. Homicide is the killing of a…

Are Men’s Rights Legitimate?

“Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights and keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt There’s been an awful lot of banter regarding something known as a…

Paul Kurtz: December 21, 1925 – October 20, 2012

Religion was good for one thing. It provided a reason for humans to have morals, now that we know religion is not that reason, it can go away. – Dustin Rgnonti There are giants in the collection of movements that make up the cause of secularism in the non-sectarian world demographic. We know their names…

The Rights of Tyrants: Bullies

“… And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die.” – The Bible (Deuteronomy 21) There’s been a lot of talk this weekend about bullies. Unfortunately, it’s distracted a lot of people from some of the biggest bullies, religious people. The driving force behind these individuals hasn’t changed in eons.…

The Role the Internet Plays in the Exchange of Ideas

Free Speech and Being Offended “Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.” – Salman Rushdie The concept of ‘Free Speech’ is often misunderstood. The thing is, a person does not have the right not to be offended by another person, and either persons have the right to…

Georgia Does it Again

Legal Loophole Allows Ten Commandments to be Displayed as a Historical Document “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion” – Treaty of Tripoli A while back, in my capacity as Georgia State Director for American Atheists, Inc., I addressed the Supreme Court of…

Pulpit Freedom Sunday

If You Wanna Dance, You Gotta Pay The Band “Wolde you bothe eate your cake, and have your cake?” – John Heywood (ca. 1546) This is one of those subjects that comes up often, one that I have remained attuned to and one that I often subject to critical examination. Even when I was a…