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James A. Haught is editor emeritus of West Virginia's largest newspaper, The Charleston Gazette-Mail. Mr. Haught has won two dozen national news writing awards. He has written 12 books and hundreds of magazine essays and blog posts. Around 450 of his essays are online. He is a senior editor of Free Inquiry magazine, a weekly blogger at Daylight Atheism, and was writer-in-residence at the United Coalition of Reason. He is in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Contemporary Authors and 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century. He will be 88 years old on Feb. 20, 2020. Many of his articles are republished from chapters in his 1996 book, 2000 Years of Disbelief: Famous People With the Courage to Doubt, published by Prometheus Books, all rights reserved. He can be reached by phone at 304-348-5199 or by email: haught(at)wvgazettemail.com.
SHARE Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Secular Surge
Religion is dying in Western democracies - but not in in poor southern lands or Muslim countries. This report outlines the retreat of supernaturalism.
SHARE Friday, October 1, 2021 Nine Decades of Secular Humanism
Humanism means helping people, and secular means doing it without supernatural religion. Together, secular humanism is the life-force of western civilization. Liberals keep defeating conservatives to make it advance.
SHARE Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Church Fadeout
Religion is dying in the United States faster than any otherplace around the world. A sorry example is Episcopalians, who dropped by half since the 1960s, while the U.S. population nearly doubled.
SHARE Tuesday, September 14, 2021 The Birth of Liberalism
Three centuries ago, rebel thinkers of The Enlightenment challenged the divine right of kings and tyrannies of the church. Their crusading laid the foundation for democracy and modern human rights.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, September 6, 2021 Sept. 11 - Day of Warning
The horror of Sept. 11, 2001, showed that just a handful of religious fanatics can commit a huge atrocity. 9/11 should be remembered as a global day of warning - as the British observe Guy Faukes Day to recall a Catholic plot to kill Protestants.
SHARE Wednesday, September 1, 2021 An Early 'Occupy' Episode
The 'Occupy Wall Street' protest of recent years wasn't the first of its kind. In the 1890s, 'Coxey's Army' waged the same struggle - with the same meager results.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 28, 2021 Only Religious War Remains
In this 21st century, war has nearly ceased - except for religious combat. The Taliban seizure of Afghanistan is the latest horror. Someday, the cruel Boko Haram holy war may capture Nigeria. Stay tuned.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Hurrah for Liberals: Deadly Labor Struggles
Working people spent centuries trying to gain control of their circumstances - while business owners tried to keep them subjugated. This struggle turned violent in West Virginia's mine wars, the biggest insurrection since the Civil War
SHARE Wednesday, August 11, 2021 Hurrah for Liberals: Clear Differences
Nobody knows where beliefs come from - why some people are politically liberal and others conservative, for example. But it's obvious that liberals work more to help others like the poor, minorities and underdogs, rather than themselves.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 3, 2021 Religion is Silly Fairy Tales
Religious doctrines are magical claims that lack any evidence. Millions of bright young people in western democracies no longer swallow them. The Secular Age is snowballing in the west - but not in low-income tropical places.
SHARE Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Human Progress
Three hundred years ago, The Enlightenment propelled western civilization toward human rights, democracy, equality and many other gains. Ever since, crusading liberals have defeated conservatives to increase the betterment.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 18, 2021 Handmaid Danger Fading
The Handmaid's Tale was a horror story about a fundamentalist seizure of America. It was stunning when published in 1985 because the "religious right" - white evangelicals allied with the GOP - was at the peak of its power. But that segment fell from 23 percent of the populace to merely 14 percent. The danger is fading.
SHARE Saturday, July 10, 2021 Christianity is Collapsing
White evangelicals - the "religious right" that tries to revoke women's right to choose and elect GOP politicians - fell to just 14 percent of the U.S. populace last year. Hurrah.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 8, 2021 It's a Crime to Trust God
Mississippi put "In God We Trust" on license plates, triggering a federal lawsuit. Actually, it's a crime to trust God: Parents who reject medical care for sick children, trusting only prayer - causing death - are prosecuted.
SHARE Wednesday, June 23, 2021 The Majesty of the Mountains
Geologic time is so vast - hundreds of millions of years - that it's almost beyond human comprehension. It boggles the brain to realize that America's Appalachia was created in the remote past when North America crushed against Europe and Africa.
SHARE Monday, June 21, 2021 Licensed Astrologers
Astronomy - especially astrophysics - is a profoundly important branch of science. But astrology is silly nonsense, little different from palm-reading or Tarot card predictions.
SHARE Friday, April 23, 2021 I.Q. Up, Religion Down
Religion has faded so much in America that fewer than half of adults belong to a church - down from 70 percent a couple of decades ago. Why this sudden transformation? Here are four possible reasons.
SHARE Friday, April 23, 2021 Life's Random Cruelty
A few children die of horrible diseases, while parents and church congregations pray fervently for God to save them. Doesn't the Deity help? This dilemma is called the problem of evil - and attempts to answer it are called theodicy.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, April 12, 2021 For-Profit Faith
Big-money evangelists peddle religious fairy tales and live like kings on money from gullible believers. What a travesty.