Category: Secular Thoughts

Religion and Sexual Shame

James A. Haught The World Health Organization once estimated that more than 100 million couples around the globe make love during a typical day. Sex is a powerful human force: it’s natural, healthy, normal...

Religious Horrors (Part 3 of 3)

James A. Haught In the previous articles, Jim asked the question why many people think religion causes believers to be compassionate and familial. However, historical records give a different view when religious zeal causes followers...

Religious Horrors (Part 2 of 3)

by James A. Haught In the previous article, we asked the question why many people think religion causes believers to be compassionate and brotherly. However, historical records give a different view when religious zeal causes...

Religious Horrors (Part 1 of 3)

by James A. Haught Many people think religion causes believers to be compassionate and brotherly. But the record of history—from human sacrifice to Crusades, to Inquisitions, to witch-hunts, to jihads, to pogroms against Jews,...

The Final Taboo

This week, James A. Haught, Editor Emeritus of the Charleston Gazette-Mail, shares with us an essay first published in Free Inquiry in 1996 that forecast the future. Surely, he wrote, we will soon be able...

Suicide Volunteers Drive Radical Islam

Special Article by James A. Haught Editor Emeritus—The Charleston Gazette-Mail (West Virginia) On Palm Sunday, suicide bombers detonated themselves at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt, killing 44 and wounding 126. Undoubtedly, the volunteer “martyrs” thought they...

The Long, Slow Death of Religion

Special Article by James A. Haught Editor Emeritus—The Charleston Gazette-Mail (West Virginia) By now, it’s clear that religion is fading in America, as it has done in most advanced Western democracies. Dozens of surveys...