With the recent passing of the 239th Anniversary of the United States’ Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, it is important for Secular Humanists to look back at history and learn from our forefathers, especially those whose thoughts helped develop what we call Humanism today. Of course, in the United States, one such figure would without a doubt be Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence.
At the end of every school year the dreaded student group sustainability conversation comes into play. The group outlines their priorities for the summer, creates a conference schedule, sets goals for the coming year. And by the time summer ends, everything has come to fruition, just as planned.
On the morning of December 2nd, 2014, I woke up to find many of my activist friends sharing a recent article from Jacobin Magazine on social media. The piece, written by one Luke Savage, was titled New Atheism, Old Empire and featured the provocative subtext “The ‘New Atheists’ have gained traction because they give intellectual cover to Western imperialism.” As an atheist and leftist activist who is very strongly opposed to imperialism, not to mention one who has become increasingly disappointed in some of the public statements of New Atheist spokesmen such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, I decided to give the article a chance.
This post was originally featured on the climate change blog Today's Apathy = Tomorrow's Agony.
Tensions between Islam and the West have been rising for some time, and it seems to be getting worse.