Entries by David Niose

Darwin Day Resolution Introduced In Congress

In a move that is sure to displease fundamentalists and social conservatives, U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) has introduced a Darwin Day Resolution in anticipation of Charles Darwin’s 207th birthday on February 12, 2016. Rep. Himes stated, “Charles Darwin’s ground-breaking and world-changing work has left an indelible mark on the way human beings view the […]

Anti-Abortion Violence: Why the Religious Right Owns It

In this new piece for Salon, I discuss the religious right and its relationship to anti-abortion violence. In the wake of last week’s murders at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, it’s time to examine the roots of America’s obsession with the abortion issue and the propensity of some to react to it with violence. […]

Understanding Humanist Egalitarianism

Patheos, a religion-oriented web site that provides a forum for all religious views (including the nonreligious/humanist viewpoint) asked me to write a piece about the humanist position on wealth disparity and materialism. I was glad to do it, as these are important issues that often get overlooked nowadays, and it provides an opportunity to explain […]

Pfizer’s Irresistible Urge to Merge

In hindsight, I suppose it’s no surprise that the maker of Viagra would have an urge to merge. But when American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced merger plans this week with a smaller company headquartered in Ireland, the arousal Pfizer initiated had nothing to do with flaccid appendages. Widespread criticism of the deal erupted from various corners, […]

In Wake of French Terror, Reconsidering Pastafarianism

As the world mourns last week’s tragedy in Paris, the importance of religious criticism and satire has become more apparent. Here’s my latest piece in Psychology Today, discussing the surprising relevance of Pastafarianism, the religion of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

American Christians: Oppressed or Oppressors?

Most sensible Americans can chuckle at the idea of a red coffee cup as a symbol of Christian oppression. As Donald Trump calls for a boycott of Starbucks, the implied message is that cups lacking holiday symbols are evidence of Christians persecution. I understand how some would laugh at such lowbrow politics, but I can’t. Here’s why.