Humanism and the Burqa Bugaboo

The recent burqa controversy, plaguing France has produced yet another headache for liberals, humanists, and lovers of democracy who feel themselves trapped between conflicting principles. While the term “burqa” (a head-to-toe covering) is commonly used... Read More

Oprah: Anti-Vagina, Anti-Sex

Newsweek recently called out Oprah for being a quack. In a cover story titled "Crazy Talk: Oprah, Wacky Cures & You," they cited shows she's enthusiastically done on cancer, autism, and other subjects featuring non-experts... Read More

Thomas Paine, 1737-1809

“Where liberty is not, there is mine.” —Thomas Paine, replying to Benjamin Franklin’s remark, “Where liberty is, there is my country.” Thomas Paine, one of the founding fathers of the United States, was born on... Read More

Bad/Good Teachers

The Law of Unintended Consequences comes in many forms, which is the point of the so-called ancient Chinese curse: “May you get what you wish for.” A less dramatic way of expressing this sentiment is... Read More

Priscilla Robertson, 1910-1989

“The first thing I desire for my children is a kind of openness to experience. I hardly know whether to call this openness the ability to love or the ability to perceive truth, for it... Read More