Recent Entries by Lauren Becker
May 01, 2014
On this National Day of Reason, it’s time to remember that revolutionary ideas work better than religious ideology.
It’s 1784 and James Madison has a problem: the General Assembly of Virginia has just proposed a bill that would establish a special tax to pay for “teachers of the Christian Religion.” The bill has wide support because the Episcopal Church—the dominant church—will benefit greatly from having taxpayers pay for its teachers. Madison, however, knows better. He knows the bill is an attack on the principle of freedom of conscience and a threat to the liberties so recently wrenched from King George III. ...
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February 12, 2014
A few years ago, while researching a talk for Darwin Day, I came across an article by Steve Silberman called “The Fully Immersive Mind of Oliver Sacks.” Though it seemed unrelated to Darwin, I soon realized that Sacks and Silberman could help me get a better understanding of the cultural controversy over evolution and find an even greater appreciation for the gift of Darwin’s grand idea.
April 30, 2013
April is an important month to commemorate DNA discoveries and announcements, especially in the context of many widely-held religious beliefs.
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March 29, 2013
Religious contracts based on sex are as inappropriate as arranged marriage and feudalism. If we really want to protect marriage, we must redefine it. Marriage for sex is no match for marriage for love.