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The Spirited Atheist: June, 2011

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 06/29/2011

Atheists should study gay political playbook

As long as a majority of Americans see atheists as people with whom they could not possibly have anything in common, secularists will never wield political influence in proportion to their actual numbers.

By Susan Jacoby  |  11:59 AM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 06/22/2011

Gay marriage the new red menace, according to New York archbishop

The Catholic leader’s attempt to link the legalization of gay marriage to a general anti-government stance is likely to be replicated elsewhere in the nation.

By Susan Jacoby  |  11:20 AM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 06/15/2011

Anthony Weiner’s transgressions: What’s free will got to do with them?

It is difficult for me to understand how anyone, religious or not, can fail to see a strong element of compulsiveness and determinism in behavior such as Weiner’s.

By Susan Jacoby  |  02:13 PM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 06/08/2011

Jack Kevorkian: An indispensable radical

The idea that one has an obligation to live—and suffer—as long as “nature” decrees has deep religious roots, in that it is based on the proposition that an individual has no right to place his or her will above the intentions of some higher power.

By Susan Jacoby  |  11:59 AM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 06/01/2011

American teachers display cowardice on evolution

The wishy-washy teachers, like the governor of Louisiana, are not uneducated. Some of them simply refuse to accept settled science because of their religious beliefs.

By Susan Jacoby  |  10:45 AM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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