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Jun 28 2012

Hello Secular Woman

Press release: First National Organization for Atheist Women Mobilizes Leadership Development Drives Mission Atlanta, Georgia – June 28, 2012. Secular Woman, Inc. makes its debut today as the first national membership organization dedicated exclusively to advancing the interests of atheist, humanist and other non-religious women. The organization’s stated vision is “a future in which women …

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Jun 13 2012

It’s still a Christian country

Cork city councillors don’t want no stinkin’ secularism. Cork city councillors say Ireland is a Christian country so there. A proposal to scrap a prayer at the start of a local authority meeting sparked an unholy row last night. Cork’s city councillors voted overwhelmingly against the move after a heated debate. Socialist Party councillor Mick …

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Apr 05 2012

Obama to the rest of us: who cares?

Secularism? Separation of church and state? Government should neither help nor hinder any particular religion? Pluralism? Some of us are not Christians? The president is supposed to be the president of all the people? Hello? Oh fuck off, comes the reply. Obama hosted his third annual Easter prayer breakfast at the White House on Wednesday, …

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Feb 28 2012

We mandate no belief

Behold – what Ronald Reagan was able to say in 1984. We in the United States, above all, must remember that lesson [of the Holocaust], for we were founded as a nation of openness to people of all beliefs. And so we must remain. Our very unity has been strengthened by our pluralism. We establish …

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Feb 18 2012

Beware the frumious bandersnatch

Polly Toynbee thinks secularism is not such a terrible idea. She’s not completely persuaded by claims that secularism is ruining all the things. …the faiths are glad to circle their wagons round [the queen] against the unbelievers. Each has their own divinely revealed unique truth, often provoking mortal conflict, Muslim v Copt, Catholic v Protestant, Hindu v …

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Feb 17 2012

Last night in Cranston

My brother was at the Cranston school board meeting last night. He told me he thought the day was really won by a great Irish guy named Dan McCarthy who  got up early in the comment session and said “I went to Catholic schools, where  I said the rosary every day.  I also said it at …

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Feb 17 2012

Next up for Cranston

Steve Ahlquist – Jessica’s uncle – has a plan for what to do next, to benefit Cranston public schools, which he posted at the Facebook group Support the Removal of the Cranston High School West Prayer. Awhile back, the Cranston school committee cut funding for music at their schools, because of budgetary concerns. In response, a group …

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Oct 06 2011

“Secularism” in Turkey

Burak Bekdil explains why Turkish secularism isn’t. A majority of Turks, Sunni Muslims, overtly or covertly believe that they should be “more equal” than the others because they constitute the majority. They think that it is their natural right to enjoy preferential treatment in terms of governance and law enforcement. Remember how the crowds in …

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Oct 05 2011

Far from being in thrall?

Is secularism really winning in the US? The US is increasingly portrayed as a hotbed of religious fervour. Yet in the homeland of ostentatiously religious politicians such as Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, agnostics and atheists are actually part of one of the fastest-growing demographics in the US: the godless. Far from being in thrall …

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Sep 01 2011

The history of dissident thought

It’s embarrassing and shocking that Michele Bachmann can be a serious candidate for president. The same goes for Rick Perry; the same goes for Mitt Romney; the same goes for Sarah Palin. Susan Jacoby thinks Americans’ ignorance of our history of secularism is part of the problem.  I am less concerned about whether the American …

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