challenging religious privilege in public life

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Can We Avoid Insulting Believers?

Skeptics face a quandary: When we declare that supernatural dogmas are false fairy tales, believers may feel bitterly insulted.

Opus Dei’s Influence Is Felt in All of Washington’s Corridors of Power

“Opus Dei is an efficient machine run to achieve worldly power,” wrote investigative reporter Penny Lernoux in her book, People of God.

Trump Isn’t Attacking the Press, He’s Manipulating It

Trump is a master of propaganda, and in that respect he is the quintessential Republican - he truly is their leader.

Yes, America Is Descending Into Totalitarianism

Recent trends reveal that the USA is becoming more authoritarian, totalitarian, and fascist. The very survival of the republic is now in doubt.

Religion Is Harming Society And Lives

The fundamental problem with religion is that believers are so sure they’re "correct" on anything and everything they believe.

No Reformation for Islam, Please

The Islamic world already has plenty of Luthers, Calvins, and Zwinglis. That is to say, it needs an Enlightenment, not more Reformation.

Is Religion Worth Arguing About?

We are getting better at thinking about religion, individually and socially. Compared to centuries past, more people now know how to think.

Criticizing Religious Beliefs Is a Fundamental Human Right

One’s religious beliefs should not exist in an impenetrable and inviolable bubble wherein they are protected from criticism or scrutiny.

Why Does the Muslim World Lag in Science?

By any index, the Muslim world produces a disproportionately small amount of scientific output, and much of it relatively low in quality.

Freedom = Criticism of ALL Religions Is a Fundamental Right

Once one enters the public sphere, religious beliefs are not protected from scrutiny, debate, criticism, and ridicule.