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Posted inThe Secular

Is secular life bereft when tragedy strikes? Not for a minute

Reading Time: 4 minutes In the week since NFL player Damar Hamlin’s near death on the field, prayer has had a big moment: players bowing their heads and circling to pray before games, ubiquitous signs and social media posts bearing messages like “Pray for Damar,” TV commentators speaking of prayer—and in at least one case actually praying during coverage—with […]

Posted inParenting & Family

Why thanking those who offer their prayers isn’t always the best idea

Reading Time: 4 minutes Earlier this week, OnlySky contributor Kristen Chase offered her take on how we should respond when well-meaning religious people offer their blessings and prayers to atheists. She suggested nonbelievers such as myself respond with one simple phrase: Thank you. I partially agree, while pointing out Kristen’s essential qualifier: well-meaning. Yes, when well-meaning, not passive-aggressive, people […]

Posted inPolitics

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert: ‘More prayers’ would stop mass shootings

Reading Time: 3 minutes During a floor speech on Wednesday, Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas argued against gun safety legislation, saying that prayers to the Christian God were a better alternative to stop mass shootings. (It’s the same thing he said a decade ago after another massacre.) It’s probably not shocking to hear a Republican member of Congress reflexively […]

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