Square One near Ground Zero

An earlier version of this article referred to the Cordoba House Initiative’s planned Islamic community center (also called Park51) in lower Manhattan as a mosque. In late July the controversy surrounding the construction of the... Read More


WHAT IS the central dilemma for humanists? I was recently asked this question and responded that on the subject of religion, humanists must decide whether they are champions of religious freedom or, more fundamentally, just... Read More

Wonders, Not Miracles

As a pediatrician, I have a seemingly endless collection of hilarious stories. A toddler came in for a visit carrying along his security object—a spatula. Later that day, an otherwise perfectly well-adjusted mother admitted to... Read More

Mutilation by Any Other Name

In an age of PSAs and the Vagina Monologues, many of us consider ourselves informed and educated about institutionalized female violence. “It happens over there,” we tell ourselves, pointing to remote locations on a map,... Read More


In his acceptance speech at the 69th annual conference of the American Humanist Association (which will be featured in these pages in the fall), Humanist of the Year Bill Nye remarked that if you’re someone... Read More