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    The manifesto of Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine black Bible study participants at a Charleston church on June 17, starts like this: “I was not raised in a racist home or environment.” Short and to the point, it’s more a statement of regret than an exculpatory observation. It’s also the first of […]

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    Dr. Lynn J. Rothschild is an evolutionary biologist, astrobiologist, and senior scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. Rothschild accepted the 2015 Isaac Asimov Science Award from the American Humanist Association at their annual conference in May, which gave me a chance to ask her about her path to researching the origins of life […]

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    In the midst of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, a decision that squeaked by on a 5-4 vote, the main message from the dissenters was that the majority opinion is undemocratic. All four dissenting justices—Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito—wrote opinions, and a common theme among them was the complaint that the majority justices had […]

    Justice Scalia’s Same-Sex Marriage Dissent is Hilariously Salty

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    AHA Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Decision for Marriage Equality

    The American Humanist Association applauds the United States Supreme Court for upholding the rights of same-sex couples in its ruling on the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case. “Our country is finally moving beyond outdated, religious definitions of marriage,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “This is a victory for all LGBTQ […]

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