Entries by David Niose

The Easy Way Out

Several people have suggested that I write something in the aftermath of the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The problem is, I feel like I’ve exhausted Scalia as a subject, having said pretty much everything I’d want to say about him in a piece written for The Humanist magazine back in 2010. That […]

How Bernie Sanders Americanized Socialism

Ronald Reagan, arguing against an early Medicare bill in 1962, framed the issue as one with stark ideological implications. If the proposal passes, he warned, “behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country, until, one day we will awake to find […]

On Religion, Lots of Contrast

My latest Psychology Today article is entitled “On Religion, Sanders and Clinton Differ Sharply.” The two Democratic candidates present starkly different religious views and, unlike most GOP candidates, neither Clinton nor Sanders really cares to talk about their personal religious beliefs in much depth. Bernie doesn’t call himself an atheist, but his view of God […]

New Event: Shirley, Mass., February 17

I rarely get invited to speak at a religious venue, and when I do it’s almost always a Unitarian-Universalist church. But on February 17 I’ll be expanding my horizons by visiting the Trinity Chapel, an Episcopal church in Shirley, Massachusetts, to give a talk entitled “Secularism Today.” The event starts at 7 p.m. with a reception […]

Is Your Public School Hyper-Religious?

Newest informational/promotional video on behalf of the AHA’s legal center, reaching out to kids who attend public schools that are dominated by conservative Christians. Unfortunately, we see many such students in the course of our work, kids who attend schools where administrators, teachers, coaches, and fellow students assume that the school culture can be defined […]

Jared Diamond is 2016 Humanist of the Year

Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, is the 2016 American Humanist Association Humanist of the Year. Diamond will receive the award at the AHA’s 75th annual conference, which is being held May 26-29 in Chicago. A professor of geography at UCLA, Diamond joins a long list of distinguished AHA awardees, including […]

Secularism 2016 in Worcester, MA

I’ll be visiting Greater Worcester Humanists, the American Humanist Association chapter in Worcester, Mass., on Tuesday night, January 12, 2016, at 7 p.m. for a talk entitled “Secularism 2016.”  More details can be found here on Meetup.

Dangerous Anti-Intellectualism in American Politics

My latest Psychology Today piece discusses the anti-intellectual trend in American politics. Donald Trump is the obvious example, though there are plenty of others as well. Demagoguery, emotional appeals, the dismissal of facts, tribalism and militarism — these are some of the dangers that arise when there’s a complete abandonment of reason in political discourse. […]