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From the Mailbag: A Less Acerbic Approach

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s always a good feeling to get a letter like this one, from a correspondent who asked to remain anonymous for now. Hearing that I played a part in someone’s deconversion brightens my whole day. I don’t get letters like this every day, but I do get them from time to time, and I treasure […]

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Letter-Writing Wednesday: Andrew Cuomo’s Bad Faith

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dear Governor Cuomo: As a New York State resident and a Democrat, I was dismayed to read that you vetoed a bipartisan bill passed by the legislature to reform the state’s woefully inadequate public-defender system. What’s even more disgraceful is that you let the legislature pass the bill back in June of last year and […]

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From the Mailbag: Activism Makes a Difference

Reading Time: 3 minutes As you can imagine, I’ve been feeling pretty pessimistic since the 2016 election. It’s seriously undermined my positive and optimistic view of America’s future. But I’ve always believed that minds are changed one at a time, and as slow and difficult as that is, it’s the only way to bring about lasting transformation in a […]

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I Get Religious Mail: St. John’s Folly

Reading Time: 2 minutes I’m continually surprised by what people are willing to declare a “charitable” cause and ask others for money for. This week, I got a solicitation in the mail that pushes those boundaries even further: This letter is asking for money to help pay for the upkeep of St. John the Divine, a huge Episcopal cathedral […]

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From the Mailbag: Minds Do Change

Reading Time: 2 minutes Changing your mind about the belief system that’s defined your life is a rare occurrence, one that demands an uncommon degree of courage and intellectual honesty. For obvious reasons, it’s something that atheist bloggers don’t expect to see too often, even if most of us would say that helping it happen is the whole purpose […]

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I Get Religious Mail: Bibles, Not Peace

Reading Time: 2 minutes The flow of religious junk mail in my mailbox seems to be accelerating. Here’s the latest, a begging letter from the American Bible Society. (Click for larger.) The thrust of this solicitation is that American soldiers deployed abroad desperately want to read Bibles, but somehow can’t get any – a near-certain falsehood to begin with, […]

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