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We’re all in this together

June 25, 2015 Kyle Medin

This post was originally featured on the climate change blog Today’s Apathy = Tomorrow’s Agony.

Pale blue


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Most People’s Anti-Islam Anger Isn’t Helping Anyone

June 17, 2015 Peter Wood

Tensions between Islam and the West have been rising for some time, and it seems to be getting worse.

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Secular parent challenges school board on Christian presence in classroom

June 15, 2015 Amber Barnhill

Amber Barnhill recently addressed her local school board regarding the presence of religous-themed material and events in the public education system in her community. Amber has shared her experience with Course of Reason and recounts it below, along with her original letter to the school community and reactions to her stance through social media.

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Reflections on Freethought Festival 4

June 10, 2015 Sam Erickson

This article was originally posted on

Every year, the student leaders here at AHA organize our annual conference, the Freethought Festival. Freethought Festival 4 was held March 13-15, 2015 at the beautiful DeLuca Forum in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

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Dangerous Definitions

June 9, 2015 Zach Ashton

Too often I see people arguing that words have intrinsic definitions. They like to argue things ‘by definition,’ claiming that something is true because it says so in the dictionary, or because they can define a word however they want, as long as they use it consistently. I see this argument a lot when discussing things such as if atheism is a religion, if marriage is only between a man and a woman, or “if a tree falls in a forest does it make a sound?” The thing is, words don’t mean anything objective. This might sound odd, because words have definitions and when people disagree on what a word means, they often go to the dictionary to prove what the word “really” means. However, though the dictionary might be exhaustive, it is not authoritative. Dictionary editors are historians of usage, not legislators of language.

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