Entries by David Niose

Garland’s Church-State Views Are a Mystery

Merrick Garland, the nominee of President Obama to fill the Supreme Court vacancy resulting from the death of Antonin Scalia, is widely viewed, at least by mainstream commentators, as a highly competent and intelligent jurist. He may never get to the high court due to GOP obstinance, but even those who refuse to give him […]

Challenging School Board Prayer in Texas

Our American Humanist Association Appignani Humanist Legal Center is challenging the prayer practices of a school board in Birdville, Texas. When attorneys for the school board were unsuccessful in their motion to dismiss the lawsuit, they filed an appeal with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. This week we filed our brief with the appellate […]

The Symptoms of a Society Coming Unhinged

My latest Psychology Today article is called “Beware America’s Shocking Loss of Empathy: The Symptoms of a Society Coming Unhinged.” It considers whether dwindling empathy might be responsible for the dysfunction that is plaguing the country, particularly in the political realm. I hope you enjoy it.

The Establishment and the Rich Took Down Bernie in Massachusetts

While the Sanders campaign is expressing satisfaction at Super Tuesday’s results, there was one major disappointment in the mixed bag of returns: Bernie lost Massachusetts, a state that was considered within grasp, in a squeaker. A breakdown of the results shows that there were two main factors contributing to the Sanders loss: the Democratic establishment […]

From Muslim to Nonbeliever

In my latest piece for Psychology Today I interview Muhammad Syed, founder of Ex-Muslims of North America. Americans tend to think of the secular movement as being inhabited by those who come from Christian or Jewish backgrounds, but Muslims are very much part of the mix as well, as the rapid growth of EXMNA shows. Ex-Muslims […]

Senator rips up our complaint letter

Our American Humanist Association legal center sent a letter to a state senator from Arkansas this week, telling him that his plans to erect a Ten Commandments monument at the state capitol are unconstitutional.  I guess it would be an understatement to say he was unpersuaded. The senator, Jason Rapert, took to Facebook to post […]

Johnny Depp added to Reason Rally lineup

Star power was added to the upcoming Reason Rally this week, as it was announced that A-list actor Johnny Depp will be speaking at the event. The rally already had names such as Bill Nye, Julia Sweeney, James Randi, Kelly Carlin, Margaret Cho, and Richard Dawkins on the bill, but Depp is certain to bring the […]

Hillary Clinton and the Limits of Acceptable Opinion

In a piece today for Truthout, I discuss the underlying dynamics of the Clinton-Sanders contest. Despite her recent rhetoric of economic populism, Hillary Clinton is not seen as a threat by the corporate establishment that actually owns and runs the country. I use a concept known as “the limits of acceptable opinion” in discussing how […]