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Subjection and Escape: An American woman’s Muslim journey, part 2


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 30 issue 1
By Lisa Bauer
Subjection and Escape: An American woman’s Muslim journey, part 2 Lisa Bauer The alarm clock awakens me with its annoying buzz. Half-consciously, I smash down the snooze button. I peep out at the time: 5:32 A.M. I really must get up and shower. Then I can do my wudu’ (ritual...

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Environmental Philosophy’s Challenge to Humanism


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By Hugh McDonald
Environmental Philosophy’s Challenge to Humanism Hugh McDonald   The breakdown of the world’s ecology is causing a shift in environmental sensibilities tantamount to a second Copernican revolution. . . . In the second Copernican revolution we may be forced to abandon the even more self-aggrandizing belief that we are the...

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Church-State Update - Vol. 30, No. 1


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By Edd Doerr
CHURCH-STATE UPDATE Edd Doerr   Swedes R Us—NOT Sectarian and secular special interests promoting school-voucher plans (tax aid for faith-based and other private schools in the United States) are a long way from giving up their crusade despite overwhelming popular opposition in more than twenty-five statewide referenda; from liberal Massachusetts...

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Emily Dickinson: Pagan Sphinx


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By Gary Sloan
GREAT MINDS Emily Dickinson: Pagan Sphinx Gary Sloan That no Flake of [snow] fall on you or them—is a wish that would be a Prayer, were Emily not a Pagan. —Letter to Catherine Sweetser, 1878 When Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) died, she was virtually unknown to the public. Only seven of...

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Caveat Emptor: The atheist as consumer advocate


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By S.C. Hitchcock
LIVING WITHOUT RELIGION Caveat Emptor: The atheist as consumer advocate S.C. Hitchcock Atheists agree on one point and one point only: there is no God. So-called new atheists can be said to agree on two points: (1) There is no God; and (2) We need to do a better job...

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Cole’s Prayer


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By Paul Wayne
GOD ON TRIAL Cole’s Prayer Paul Wayne Dear Lord, I hope you can appreciate a good joke. I’m praying on my back. I wanted be on my knees, which I understand is an ideal place to pray. The joke is that most of the time, that’s exactly where I am....

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Agnosticism Revisited


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By Neil H. Petrie
FAITH AND REASON Agnosticism Revisited Neil H. Petrie Agnosticism, Thomas Henry Huxley’s venerable coinage from Victorian England, has fallen on hard times. Over a century has passed since Huxley did battle with what he called the “ecclesiasticism” of his time, and the term he used to describe the process by...

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The Quintessential Secular Institution


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By Frank L. Pasquale
HUMANISM AND SOCIETY The Quintessential Secular Institution Frank L. Pasquale If you were asked to identify the most pervasive and influential secular institution in human affairs, what would you say? I suspect that most would reflexively think of civil government, but I don’t think that is the right answer. Governments,...

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How to Defend the Ban on Gay Marriage: Advice for Believers


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By Christian Wright
HUMANISM AT LARGE How to Defend the Ban on Gay Marriage: Advice for Believers Christian Wright There are times when proper Christians simply can’t avoid interacting with homosexuals. For instance, if you decide to redecorate your home or hire a consultant for your daughter’s wedding, chances are good that you...

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Nonreligious Heavy Hitter


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By Edd Doerr
REVIEW Nonreligious Heavy Hitter Edd Doerr Icons of Unbelief: Atheists, Agnostics, and Secularists, edited by S.T. Joshi (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-313-34759-7) 463 pp. Cloth $75.00. The Faith of Scientists in Their Own Words, edited with commentary by Nancy K. Frankenberry (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2008, ISBN:...

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