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Royal weddings and the Church of England

Given that the monarch is by law the head of the Church of England, royal weddings will likely be church affairs for many years to come.

By Tom Flynn  | Apr 29, 2011 4:45 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

May 21, 2011? I have other plans...

Secular humanists don’t believe the universe has a sell-by date.

By Tom Flynn  | May 11, 2011 2:30 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Free exercise rights end where another’s body begins

It’s a surgical procedure whose mark the recipient will carry for life, but had no meaningful chance to opt in to or out of.

By Tom Flynn  | Jun 6, 2011 12:43 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

A new dawn for atheists?

According to new research, “for the religious, reading that atheism was rather more common than they previously believed had a remarkable effect: it effectively abolished their distrust of atheists.”

By Tom Flynn  | Jul 20, 2011 10:29 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Call Brevik an ‘anti-Muslim terrorist’

Rather than arguing which kind of Christianity we ought to tarnish by attaching its name to his, let’s call him an “anti-Muslim terrorist” and have done with it.

By Tom Flynn  | Jul 27, 2011 10:49 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

9/11 cross a private symbol, not public monument

The only thing that elevates this 9/11 artifact above others, at least in the eyes of some, is that it evokes the emblem of America’s majority religion.

By Tom Flynn  | Aug 3, 2011 10:17 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Rest (as we know it) a product of progressive values

Rest, vacation, R&R -- call it what you will, it’s very important to keeping an even keel. But the benefits are psychological, and to some degree physiological. They’re not spiritual.

By Tom Flynn  | Aug 16, 2011 3:22 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Evolution doesn’t reflect well on omnipotence

The concept of evolution is critically dangerous to any literalist, fundamentalist vision of Christianity because it not only contradicts, but bluntly refutes, the accounts of creation in Genesis.

By Tom Flynn  | Aug 24, 2011 4:29 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The academy responds to a growing secular America

Poll after poll shows that seculars -- men and women who live, effectively or overtly, without religion -- are one of America’s fastest growing groups.

By Tom Flynn  | Aug 31, 2011 1:41 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Bloomberg understands how government should respond to religion

Given that roughly three thousand people, many of them religious, died by violence on 9/11, its acknowledgment in religious ceremonies is both inevitable and appropriate.

By Tom Flynn  | Sep 7, 2011 11:10 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Life and death: a test

If you think capital punishment is harsh, wait till you see what God’s gonna do to them!

By Tom Flynn  | Sep 13, 2011 9:33 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

The wildly excessive faith in 2012 politics

“What’s the role of faith so far in the 2012 election?” Wildly excessive.

By Tom Flynn  | Sep 23, 2011 7:59 AM  | COMMENTS (0)