Taking a stand…for what exactly?

By now, you might have heard of the wedding cake drama across the river from me in the town of Gresham, Oregon. Same-sex couple goes to a bakery there in preparation for their wedding and when the owner finds out the cake is for two brides, he refuses service, citing his religion (Christianity). A lot…

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Book Review: Disintegration, The Splintering of Black America

Journalist Eugene Robinson tackles what many African-Americans have noticed for a long time: the common interests of black America are becoming increasingly fragmented. Why? According to Robinson (if I may sum up), it is mostly due to desegregation and social progress. Desegregation opened up opportunities for individuals to seek personal success. Social progress led to…

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Parenting choices and religion

Several months ago, I was interviewed by The Voluntary Life, a podcast hosted by Jake (who lives in the UK). The topic was about raising your children without religion, when you yourself was raised in a religious home. It was a great interview and I meant to blog about it, but it was a busy…

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BBC: Black atheists in America

The BBC’s Your World featured an informative segment on a topic not often discussed in the mainstream: black people and atheism. According to a 2009 analysis from The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 88% of African-Americans have religious beliefs and 79% say religion is very important to them. Anyone whose major source of…

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