Boston and Kansas City: A Call for a Secular Humanist Response

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The chairman of the Islamic Cordoba Initiative Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf wrote a column for the Huffington Post concerning American’s response to Muslims after the Boston Marathon bombing last year and on the one-year anniversary. “Marathon Bombing Anniversary Demands Interfaith … Continue reading

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Book Review: The answer to bad religion is not no religion

There is a premise that begins this tale of good versus bad religion: The reader must be a believer.   The title of Rev. Martin Thielen’s first book provides an idea of where his second is going: What is the … Continue reading

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McCutcheon, Money and the Bible

“Spending large sums of money in connection with elections, but not in connection with an effort to control the exercise of an officeholder’s official duties, does not give rise to quid pro quo corruption. Nor does the possibility that an … Continue reading

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Fred Phelps – RIP

Fred Phelps is dead. This is nothing to celebrate and nothing to protest. Yes, he headed one of the most homophobic churches of our time. His family is one of the most hated in America; possibly the world. We could … Continue reading

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Politics and Breweries – Schlafly Beer

Poor Phyllis Schlafly. If you think she has something to do with Schlafly’s beer, you would be wrong, but most of you, if not all of you, never heard of her before. The Schlafly of beer fame is Tom Schlafly … Continue reading

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I’ve been missing…

It has been a while since I last wrote. February was one hell of a month for us – two deaths in the family and a slew of medical and dental problems. My mind was elsewhere. Kathy’s mom died on … Continue reading

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COPE v. Kansas Board of Education

Columbia, MO – My column in the Columbia Missourian and reprinted in my blog titled Let’s not allow science to be sandbagged by religion generated some interesting feedback, as you can imagine. One that came through a couple of times … Continue reading

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Let’s not allow science to be sandbagged by religion

Reprinted with permission from the Columbia Missourian Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CST Columbia, MO – Let’s talk about science. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon talked about science in the State of the State address last week, wanting to … Continue reading

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Marriage Equality – A religious issue?

There is a question I cannot answer, at least to my satisfaction. I am trying to finish my second book, “The Clobber Passages: Biblical and Constitutional Arguments Against Marriage Equality.” But everything I think I have made the final revision … Continue reading

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On Christian Morals

I would like to take a moment and discuss the term “morality.” As used here, morals and morality have a secular definition. Morals are based on the advancement of knowledge, experience and time. Modern Christian morals are at best nebulous, … Continue reading

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