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Religion is Not the Solution to America’s (or Russia’s) Problems


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
By Gregory S. Paul
Secularization continues to make big gains. Those Americans who rank themselves as nonreligious and those who qualify as atheists (broadly defined as those who are not theists) each ballooned by a tenth of the total population in just ten years.

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The Problem with ‘Privilege’


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By Valerie Tarico
The concept of privilege as used by the activist Left is problematic.

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Looking Back: 35 Years Ago, Vol. 37 No. 5


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“The key question I would raise is whether humanism need involve a commitment to welfare liberalism or socialism. The IHEU [International Humanist and Ethical Union] and other humanist organizations are still under the influence of a left-wing political bias.

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Looking Back: 25 Years Ago, Vol. 37 No. 5


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
“Certain elements in certain cultures are to be valued and encouraged and others rejected. We believe, I think quite correctly, that certain human rights are universal even if they clash with the prevailing religions or customs in a particular country.

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Letters, Vol. 37 No. 5


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
I read with interest Tom Flynn’s editorial “Smearing Humanism” (FI,June/July 2017). I have read Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens. Flynn’s last sentence of his piece, “We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us,” is so very true.

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Trump, DeVos, and the ‘Kuyperizing’ of America


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By Edd Doerr
With Donald Trump’s accession to the presidency, his appointment of billionaire Betsy DeVos as education secretary, and his choice of ultraconservative former Indiana governor Mike Pence as his backup, the stage is being set for something we might call the “Kuyperizing” of American education.

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Of Big Bangs and Little Whimpers


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
By Rudolf B. Schmerl
The United Kingdom’s June 2016 vote to leave the European Union was of a piece with the general tendency since the latter part of the twentieth century toward secession, fragmentation, and “local control.”

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Finding Humanists in Survey Data


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
By Ryan T. Craygun
Humanists have an identity problem, and it’s a problem at multiple levels. I remember very clearly the first time I told my Mormon brother that I was a humanist in a discussion on Facebook.

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2017

The Eternity of Time


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By Barbara Smoker
Editor’s Note: This essay by Britain’s longest-serving atheist activist harkens back to a time when most unbelievers assumed that the cosmos was eternal.

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Morality as a Human Institution


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5
By Ronald A. Lindsay
Most of us think that moral norms are binding on us. For example, “Don’t kill a child for pleasure” is not a rule we can simply choose to follow or not, depending on our current desires and attitudes. Indeed, one point of the institution of morality seems to be to subordinate our personal preferences to the common good.

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