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Paul Krugman’s Failure of Nerve – The noteworthy economist missed an important teachable moment in connection with the religious right’s opposition to education.

Of Nuts and Sluts, No Ifs, Ands, or Buts  – With the radical religious right so vehemently attacking women these days, it’s difficult to understand how any woman could vote for any Republican candidate.

Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch? – Some of us thought that witches and witchcraft had faded from our electoral process with the fading of Sarah Palin; not so, as it turns out.

Rape, Choice, and the Supernatural War on Women – Weighing in on the rash of anti-contraception and invasive ultrasound legislation sweeping the nation.

And God’s Choice For President Is . . . .  – The full national jolt from Santorum’s personification of the theocratic urge may be exactly what we need to take that first important step away from the divine in government.

The Divided States of Christian America? – In the Supreme Court’s 2001 Good News Club decision the Court redefined “religion” as “viewpoint” enabling a religious sect, on free speech grounds, to occupy a public school for the express purpose of proselytizing children in their radical belief system.

It’s National Condom Week.  Seriously  –  Let us direct the attention of our Congressional representatives to those pressing problems that loom in our national shared external reality, of which the sexual behavior of consenting adults, including contraception choices, is not one.

A Contemporary Christmas Carol, Part 1 – The sad case of a Leesberg VA exhibit on the courthouse lawn depicting a “crucified” Santa on a cross, to protest the materialism and commercialization of Christmas.

A Contemporary Christmas Carol, Part 2 – As demonstrations against the over-commercialization of Christmas grow more common, they grow more trivial in comparison to the terrible demise of the middle and working classes in America.

Personhood?! You wouldn’t recognize a person if she kneed you in the groin – Mississippi and Herman and Joe, you’ve got it backwards.  Personhood means that humans come first, souls and gods and religions second.

An Encounter With the FLDS Subculture, Part 1 – A conversation with Zeke outside a guarded, gated compound in Hildale, UT.

An Encounter With the FLDS Subculture, Part 2 – A conversation with Robert at a nearby supermarket.

The Religious Test for Public Office in 21st Century America – in addition to being directly contrary to the wisdom of the Constitution, our religious testing for public office is a fool’s errand, a search for attributes that can have no functional relevance to the likely competence of would-be captains of state.

Why Democracy Requires the Separation of Church and State: Our government must act for the common good of all of us and, no religion is compatible with that requirement, because religious faith fails to provide a necessary common ground of verifiable reality.

Christopher Hitchens is Right, Part 2: Atrocities justified by by any religion, including Christianity, expose a darkness at the heart of all religions that cannot be rationalized away by denial.

Christopher Hitchens Is Right: How religious ideation harms society by impeding beneficial social action, fostering unsubstantiated belief, and sharpening and rigidifying tribal distinctions.

The Dangerous Illusion of “Liberal” and “Conservative”: These words are not carriers of facts we can share, but indications of emotions that may be triggered in those who hear them; they create illusions that inhibit our ability to find common ground upon which to solve urgent national problems.

The Tribalism Problem: Tribal allegiances preclude common ground on important matters of public interest.

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