On Policies and Purple

On May 27, 2017, The Humanist Institute hosted an all-day symposium at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis titled “Social Justice: Addressing the Narrative of Fear,” which included individual remarks and panel discussions with humanist,... Read More

CNN and Trump: A Noxious Marriage

Not content to let the nation celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in peace, CNN and the president were back at it, twisted together in a grotesque display of dystopian linguistic coitus. So let’s just lay... Read More

Tearing Down the Toxic Male Fraternity If you aren’t an active part of the solution, you are unquestionably a part of the problem.

In the summer of 2016, award-winning actor Will Smith made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote what was then his new film Suicide Squad. He also briefly shared his thoughts... Read More

Remembering the Elaine Massacre

On October 1, 1919, a man named Frank Moore gave the following statement (edited here for style and brevity): On the night of September 30, we were at Hoop Spur Church at a union meeting.... Read More

Take a Knee for Freedom of Religion

What is freedom of religion? It’s not actually the freedom to think or not think religious stuff. Rather, it is the right to display—or to refuse to display—religiosity. If you have freedom of religion, as... Read More

Conservation Lessons from a Still-Wild River Be Known, Spread the Word, and Get Creative

I recently rafted a river that wouldn’t exist if not for a crucial conservation win back in the 1950s. The Yampa is the last major free-flowing river in the seven-state Colorado River Basin. It’s still... Read More

The Sanctity of Human Life Act Politicians Playing God

A group of thirty-one Republican US congressmen (yes, all men, as of this writing) have signed on as cosponsors of a bill to declare that human life “begins with fertilization…at which time every human being... Read More