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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.  

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Knowlton Church ruins, From FlickrPhotos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 24, 2020
Personal Freedoms Kill Religion Religion is collapsing in all Western democracies - most rapidly in the United States. A new book cites many causes for this remarkable sociological change.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 17, 2020
Secular Power Changing America Oregon Democrats passed sensible sex education to prevent teen pregnancy, curb sexual disease, reduce "date rape," and the like. Outraged churches and Republicans forced a recall vote - but they lost solidly.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 6, 2020
Monstrous Miracles Religion contradicts itself. We are told that God is pure love - yet the Bible says he massacred Egyptian children, and drowned nearly everyone in Noah's flood, and burned all the people in some cities, etc. Is he a Jekyll-Hyde deity?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 2, 2020
'Nones' Elected Biden-Harris Americans who have no religion were decisive in tipping the 2020 election to the Biden-Harris Democratic ticket, according to a top socio-political researcher. Hurrah.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 30, 2020
Is 2020 a Watershed? Ever since 1980, white evangelicals have been strong enough to tip American elections to Republicans. But maybe this four-decade phase of U.S. history ended in 2020. The answer will become clear in the future.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 19, 2020
How Democrats and Republicans Flip-Flopped Oddly, at the time of Abraham Lincoln, Republicans were the liberal party, and Democrats were conservative. Gradually,the two major parties reversed identity.
Proud deplorable, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 7, 2020
Where Will the Deplorables Go Now? Hurrah! Thank heaven, voters chose to end the bizarre Trump era that has been rooted in appeals to racial and ethnic prejudice.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 31, 2020
Possible Election Headlines For four decades, white evangelicals have tipped American elections to Republicans. But religion is shrinking rapidly in America. Will white evangelicals finally flop in Tuesday's election?
Prepare, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 23, 2020
Fantasies Made of Words Since prehistoric time, every religion - from human-sacrifice groups to armed holy warriors - has followed a fantasy composed of words. Thank heaven, supernatural beliefs are fading among modern western people.
Where are all the people?, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 19, 2020
Will 'Nones' Bring a Progressive Future? Millions of young Americans ignore religion - and most of them have humane progressive political values. People who say their religion is "none" have become the largest faith segment in the Democratic Party base.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Hunter Who Stopped Killing Gradually, hunting - killing wildlife for sport - has diminished in America. In this commentary, an Appalachian native recounts how he came to pity the creatures he shot.
Stephen Hawking, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 9, 2020
Trust Science Some findings by science are so bizarre they boggle your brain - but honest thinkers have no choice but to trust science as humanity's only reliable search for truth.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 28, 2020
Babbling in 'Tongues' Incredibly, one-fourth of all the world's Christians now "speak in tongues" - a practice associated with 'holy rollers." President Trump's new Supreme Court nominee reportedly is among them.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 26, 2020
Cheating Women in Science Lucrative Nobel Prizes have been granted to many male scientists - but sometimes it was female researchers who deserved credit. This pattern was tragically unfair.
Freud Deconstructed, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 18, 2020
Jekyll and Hyde Churches say God is all-loving, all-merciful - but the Bible reports many murders and massacres committed by God, along with other cruelties. Is the deity Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 10, 2020
Watching Religion Die Although America often is called a "Christian nation," religion actually is fading rapidly and relentlessly. Loss of faith may undercut the GOP, which depends heavily on white evangelicals.
Trump Keeps Attacking Fellow GOP Members, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 4, 2020
America's Ugly Flaw Donald Trump is the most obnoxious, insulting president in American history - so why do millions support him politically? It reveals a national flaw.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 3, 2020
The Oil Boom Days The author's grandfather was a pumper running mighty single-piston engines pumping wells on a ridge by the Ohio River - a remnant of the oil boom heyday.
The altar and apse in St Mary's Catholic Church. Work began in 1854. The church opened in 1872. All work was completed in 1937., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Who Owes Me $10 Million? Catholic altar boys who were molested by priests got $10 million lawsuit settlements - while other young victims got nothing. How can America have "Equal Justice Under Law"?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 2, 2020
The UMW Cleanup A half-century ago, the United Mine Workers was plagued by corruption. President Tony Boyle sent killers to murder a rival - and eventually went to prison.

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