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Haught is editor emeritus of West Virginia's largest newspaper, The Charleston Gazette-Mail. He can be reached by phone at 304-348-5199 or e-mail at Email address.)James A. Haught is editor emeritus of West Virginia's largest newspaper, The Charleston Gazette-Mail, where he has won two dozen national newswriting 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 22, 2020 No Qualms
I'm creeping toward 90, and my future is obvious. But I have no time for fairy tales about heavens or hells.
SHARE Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Skeptics Are Smarter
Higher I.Q. means less belief in supernatural religion dogmas, according to sociological studies. And average I.Q. is rising three points per decade.
SHARE Tuesday, January 21, 2020 One-Fourth of Christians 'Speak in Tongues"
Glossalalia means the uncontrolled spouting of incoherent sounds. With the fading of mainline religion with seminary-educated clergy, less-educated "talking in tongues" groups have climbed to one-fourth of all Christians.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 20, 2020 Science Always Defeats Religion
In Ancient Greece, logical thinkers sought natural explanations, not supernatural ones. The war between science and religion hasn't stopped since.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 17, 2020 Where Do Beliefs Come From?
What causes some people to be liberals or conservatives, believers or skeptics, Puritans or fun-lovers, "hawks" or "doves"? It's baffling.
SHARE Friday, January 17, 2020 Fundamentalist Holy War
White evangelicals opposed to modern, multicultural school textbooks wreaked havoc in West Virginia almost a half-century ago.
SHARE Thursday, January 16, 2020 The Tide of History Flows Left
In the two centuries since The Enlightenment, liberals constantly have defeated conservatives to bring democracy, human rights and safe modern life.
SHARE Wednesday, January 15, 2020 The Great Satanic Panic
Two decades ago, America suffered satanism hysteria that caused some day-care operators to be imprisoned. The whole panic was imaginary
SHARE Monday, January 13, 2020 Baby Dinosaurs on Noah's Ark
The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights forbids giving taxpayer money to religion - but conservative politicians often violate this law, for instance, by using "vouchers" that funnel public funds to church schools.
SHARE Saturday, January 11, 2020 Agog Over Gog and Magog
As he prepared to invade Iraq in 2003, then-President George W. Bush told France's leader that the war was needed to thwart Gog and Magog. No kidding. It happened.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 9, 2020 White Evangelicals Oppose Jesus
Jesus stood with underdogs and urged help for little people - similar to the public "safety net" advocated by Democrats. But white evangelicals back Republicans who want to slash the safety net
SHARE Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Many Struggles Won Religious Freedom
Religious freedom means that neither the government nor anyone else can tell you what to believe. Centuries of struggle were required to win that right in western democracies.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, January 6, 2020 GOP Albatross
White evangelicals are the heart of the GOP base - but they're fading as religion dies in America. The future of the Republican Party is uncertain.
SHARE Sunday, January 5, 2020 The Long, Long Journey to Female Equality
Throughout history, women have been subjugated to lesser status. Finally, near-equality has been attained in western democracies, but not in many other parts of the world.