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2009

What Kind of Atheist Are You?


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 29 issue 3
By Sheldon F. Gottlieb
LIVING WITH RELIGION What Kind of Atheist Are You? Sheldon F. Gottlieb I have been asked this question by friends: “Since you do things that are seemingly religious, which in all likelihood no respectable atheist would do, what kind of atheist are you?” What is it that I did, and...

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2009

Church-State Update, Vol. 29, No. 3


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By Edd Doerr
Church-State Update Edd Doerr   From Hither . . . The school voucher movement may well be collapsing. Century Foundation official Greg Anrig, writing in the January 27 Christian Century, observed that: The Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Cleveland, Ohio, voucher programs have shown no advance over local public schools. The idea...

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2009

Art, Poetry, and Atheism


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LEADING QUESTIONS Art, Poetry, and Atheism: A talk with Jennifer Michael Hecht Jennifer Michael Hecht is the author of award-winning books of philosophy, history, and poetry, including Doubt: A History and The Happiness Myth. She recently discussed the role of art and poetry in her doubt, in addition to her...

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2009

Letters, Vol. 29, No. 3


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LETTERS   Freedom of Thought When I started reading Ronald A. Lindsay’s “Freedom of Thought” (FI, February/March 2009), I was prepared for another crash course in secular humanism. I settled down for a comfortable, academic (if not a bit redundant, maybe even a bit boring)read. By the time I finished,...

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2009

Conscientious Objectors to Killing Pre-Birthers


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By Nat Hentoff
OP-ED Conscientious Objectors to Killing Pre-Birthers Nat Hentoff Here I come again with an act of free inquiry into a life issue that will cause some readers to ask why the editor publishes this heretical contrarian. I have been an absolutist atheist for some seventy years, never looking back—nor to...

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2009

The Importance of Individualism


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By Tibor R. Machan
OP-ED The Importance of Individualism Tibor R. Machan All too often in recent weeks, I have run across efforts by various political thinkers and activists to discredit individualism. Some argue that the idea of the individual is a myth created by our society. Others press the notion that the individual...

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2009

Thirty Years of ‘Test-Tube’ Babies


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By Peter Singer
OP-ED Thirty Years of ‘Test-Tube’ Babies Peter Singer Louise Brown, the first person to be conceived outside a human body, turned thirty in 2008. The birth of a “test-tube baby,” as the headlines described in vitro fertilization, was highly controversial at the time. Leon Kass, who subsequently served as chair...

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2009

Crazy Eights


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By Arthur Caplan
OP-ED Crazy Eights Arthur Caplan How quickly the story shifted. Initially, the birth of eight children to thirty-three-year-old Nadya Suleman was greeted with gushing stories throughout the media. But the story soon went south, as it should have. For the birth of eight babies to a single woman who has...

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Mar
23
2009

Taken in the Wrong Spirit


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By Tom Flynn
OP-ED Taken in the Wrong Spirit Tom Flynn Whenever I hear the word spiritual, I reach for my revolver. Well, not really. But I’ve learned the hard way that on hearing spiritual, it’s good practice to reach for the question, “What precisely do you mean by that?” Philosopher/author Ophelia Benson...

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Mar
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2009

Fascism - American Style


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By Shadia B. Drury
OP-ED Fascism: American Style Shadia B. Drury There are two misconceptions about fascism that must be laid to rest. The first is that fascism is the name of German and Italian regimes that are part of the dark history of Europe in the twentieth century. The second is that the...

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