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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.

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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Gods in Jacques Re'attu's The Triumph of Civilization (1793), From InText
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
Science Fish, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
before winter comes., From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
P&G logo., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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
Juvenile Stegosaurus dinosaur footprints in sandstone (Morrison Formation, Upper Jurassic; Quarry 5, Dinosaur Ridge, west of Denver, north-central Colorado, USA), From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Hieronymous Bosch, Hell, after 1490; Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice (3), From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 12, 2020
The Beast in Shadows Behind Religion Worldwide, it's assumed that religion makes believers kind and brotherly - but reality reveals many horrors from faith.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Jesus Saves, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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
16 religionist symbols., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 4, 2020
The Problem With Teaching the Bible in Public Schools Conservative politicians often want the Bible taught in public schools - but doing so would open a dreadful can of worms.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 2, 2020
Human Decency Moves Civilization Forward Human decency - the better angels of our nature - spurs civilization to grow constantly more humane and livable.
Opening to The Mothman Prophecies 2002 VHS [Columbia/TriStar] Here is the opening to the 2002 VHS of .The Mothman Prophecies.. 1. Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment logo (2001-2004)/ 'Coming Soon to Theaters' 2., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 1, 2020
The Goofier the Tale, the More it's Swallowed Many nutty beliefs are held by otherwise intelligent people. They're hilarious.
Dreamland, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 1, 2020
The Dreams that Stuff is Made Of Science reveals that reality is baffling and astounding - far more mysterious than the magical claims of religion.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Humanism - Helping People Humanism is a never-ending struggle to improve life for people. Secular humanism is doing it without supernatural religion.

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