Tagged: Jim Haught

Fundamentalist Intolerance

Fundamentalist Intolerance

May 7, 2018   –  by Guest Contributor – The Secular Spectrum / Patheos By James A. Haught Across America, right-wing politicians pass “religious freedom” laws that have a single purpose:  to let narrow-minded believers discriminate against...

‘White Privilege’ Makes Some Uncomfortable

Charleston Gazette-Mail – Feb. 5, 2017 (syndicated by Tribune News Service and PeaceVoice) (reprinted in 20 newspapers) Human Prospect magazine – winter 2017-18 By James A. Haught Years ago, I visited our state’s former...

Is It Blasphemy — Or Honesty?

James A. Haught Blasphemy isn’t a dirty word. It simply means voicing doubts about supernatural religious claims. That’s normal for intelligent, science-minded people. They merely express their honest conclusions about alleged magical, invisible spirits....

Doubts of the Famous

Jim Haught Many famous people have been skeptics, and weren’t afraid to say so.  Here’s part of my personal treasury of nuggets, collected over the decades: Writers “All thinking men are atheists.” – Ernest Hemingway...

“Closet Atheists” Abound in America

by James A. Haught Atheists are disliked in America—constantly denigrated in public surveys—which may explain why many doubters conceal their lack of belief. However, a 2017 poll by University of Kentucky researchers found that perhaps one-fourth of Americans are...

Skeptics Are Smarter

by James A. Haught Several research studies find that skeptics are brighter than religious believers. More than 60 scientific reports were analyzed in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review, which said the results “showed...

Logic Disproves an All-Merciful God

by James A. Haught Reason—logical thinking by intelligent minds—proves clearly that the compassionate, all-powerful god of religion cannot exist. Simple logic clinches it, as follows: When a woman is dying of breast cancer, or...

Science Always Defeats Religion

by James A Haught The historic war between science and religion began in Ancient Greece, and it still roils more than two millennia later. Science has won every encounter, yet supernatural believers won’t surrender. Classical Greece teemed with...

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...