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Steel City November Birthdays, Part 2


A number of freethinkers were born in November, including Scott Joplin (1868), Charles Schulz (1922), Randy Newman (1943) and Bill Nye (1955). Several freethinkers with ties to Pittsburgh were discussed last week. It is worth noting at least one more … Continue reading

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Steel City November Birthdays, Part 1


It is good month to honor a host of atheist/humanists with ties to Pittsburgh. Chambers Roberts (1910-2005), born in Pittsburgh on Nov. 18, was the chief diplomatic correspondent of the Washington Post from 1953-1971, where he wrote several influential articles … Continue reading

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Disaster for the Supreme Court


The presumed nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett is the most dangerous step in a long chain of actions by President Trump.  In particular, it would be an absolute disaster for the constitutional principle of separation between state and church. … Continue reading

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Deep into Chopra


This past weekend I happened to turned on WQED to see what might be playing as PBS is known for providing thoughtful and informative shows. I did not realize that they were in the middle of their fall fundraiser and … Continue reading

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Behind the Times


In one of those “Good News, Bad News” stories, the Mississippi state legislature has finally decide to remove the confederate insignia from their state flag, which had been adopted way back in 1894.  That is the good news, even if it … Continue reading

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National Day of Reason


It was great to see Representative Jamie Raskin (MD-8th) propose a National Day of Reason in US House: Introduced in House (05/01/2020) – – H. Res. 947 Introduced in House Expressing support for the designation of May 7, 2020, as … Continue reading

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Science Denial at the “Pete”


On May 8th and 9th, Pittsburgh will be hosting the religious zealot, Joyce Meyer. Meyer, whose net worth is estimated to be $8 million, is one of the 10 richest pastors in the county. She regularly travels in her private … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh among the Post-Christians


This week, Christianity Today featured a recent survey by the Barna Group, which identified places “where the fewest people follow Christian beliefs and practices, as measured by a list of more than a dozen factors.”  The most post-Christian cities were … Continue reading

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It’s That Time Of The Year


Summer has officially arrived. And that means that it’s time to start preparing for the premier event of the summer – PFC’s annual Canoe Trip and Shrimp Boil Picnic. This will be the 13th year for the Canoe Trip and … Continue reading

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Incivility firmly ensconced in Ohio


I frequently hear calls for more “respectful” dialogue coming from those on the political right.  At the same time, those making the call deride progressives as being ideologically rigid, arrogant, and disrespectful of their positions and their values  Obviously they’ve … Continue reading

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