challenging religious privilege in public life

James A. Haught


Holy Horrors: The Holocaust

For century after century after century, the Christian church had designated the people to be despised: the religious believers called Jews.

Secular Humanists Are Winning, Winning

Throughout history, secular humanist skeptics have been key figures in struggles for human rights and social justice.

The “Final Days” of Religion

We’re entering a new Secular Age when magical supernatural beliefs cannot be swallowed by educated modern people.

Many struggles won religious freedom

The Enlightenment gradually changed western civilization, instilling a new sense that faith is personal, not to be dictated by authorities.

The Long, Long Journey to Female Equality

For millennia, female inferiority was presumed. Often mere possessions of men, confined to the home, rarely educated, with few rights.

The Riddle of Killing for God

Why is religion – which universally teaches love, forgiveness and brotherhood – entwined in so much murder and hate around the world?

Empty Temples

Church attendance is down; supernatural beliefs are down. Perhaps 50 million U.S. adults now ignore organized religion.

Holy Horrors: The Crusades

Pope Urban II launched the First Crusade in 1095 to wrest the Holy Land from infidels. "Deus Vult" (God wills it) became the rallying cry.

Holy Horrors: A Grim Pattern

When religion is the ruling force in a society, it produces horror. The stronger the supernatural beliefs, the worse the inhumanity.

Where is God?

The problem of evil doesn’t disprove God’s existence - it merely proves that He cannot be both all-controlling and all-merciful.