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  • CURRENT EVENTS: FFRF condemns death of 22-year-old Iranian for not wearing hijab
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation is speaking out against Iran for the killing of a young woman for not wearing the hijab. From the article: The notion of religion tied to the Iranian state in this theocracy — a reminder to Americans of what “One Nation Under God” really looks like — depends on female […]
  • New Kids BOOK: “Darwin & Hooker: A story of friendship, curiosity and discovery that changed the world”
    The description of the book is as follows: On 24th November 1859, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was first published, selling out almost immediately. Describing the now well known theory that humans evolved through a process called natural selection, it became an instant classic and cemented Darwin as one of the greatest biologists of all […]
  • Christianity and Poverty
    Jesus is famously recorded as saying that rich people should sell their possessions and give them to the poor, and that it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. But, this hasn’t stopped many Pentecostal Christian pastors from becoming wealthy. […]
  • The Little Mermaid
    It’s amazing that Disney putting out a black princess Ariel, the little mermaid, would cause controversy and backlash, but some people are upset. For people who “can’t see” a black person in the role of princess Ariel, do you think this would extend to other possibilities?
  • Who is better?
    Questions: Is someone a better person if they do the right thing because they think they’ll get a reward, or if they just do it because they want to do the right thing? Is someone a better person who doesn’t do bad stuff because they think they’re going to get in trouble, or because they […]
  • New Paths In The Origin Of Life Debate Part 2: FOR KIDS, The Miller-Urey experiment.
    Religions often teach a god or gods created life, because living things can’t come from unliving things. But this isn’t true. Consider the Miller-Urey experiment: This animation was sponsored by the Center for Chemical Evolution, NSF, and NASA The Miller-Urey experiment was the first attempt to scientifically explore ideas about the origin of life. Stanley […]
  • What If? Imagine No Religion
    Activity: Describe one thing that would be different about the world, either now or in the past, if there was no religion.
  • Window Dressing
  • Can you really blame us for sinning?
  • If Secular Web Kids Promotes Critical Thinking, What Is The Alternative?
    As an educator, my goal is to promote critical thinking, which I think naturally leads to secularism. However, if a child’s exploration of thinking leads to religiousness, then that’s fine too. The point is to level the playing field to let the truth speak to kids as honestly as it can. What’s the alternative? Dr. […]
  • Do Religious Ideas Make Less Sense If It Is Not You Thinking Them?
    What is the message of this meme?
  • What Are Good Priorities?
    Sometimes people consider the wrong thing to be important. What do you think the message of this meme is?
  • God On Money
    QUESTION: Should there be praise to God on money?
  • Is It Important To Be Able To Explain Your Thinking?
    You know, for instance, in math, you should be able to explain your thinking. So, it’s not enough to “know” 3X2=6, but you need to illustrate it, perhaps with manipulatives: you make groups of three with blocks, select two of those groups, and you get six total things. Is it a problem that this child […]
  • Letter To A Christian Parent
    With the title of this post, I have in mind prominent secularist Sam Harris and his book “Letter To A Christian Nation.” Letter to a Christian Nation is a 2006 book by Sam Harris, written in response to feedback he received following the publication of his first book The End of Faith. The book is […]
  • Grooming Minds: Indoctrination vs Argumentation
    “Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man.” (Aristotle) Is difference between this above child and the more mild cases of religious upbringing of children we see  one of degree, or of kind.  Picture a child who is not vocal like this one, but holds similar or more […]
  • The Firmament
    Ancient historians invented speeches and put them on the lips of famous figures because they thought the speeches would be like what the famous people would have said. Similarly, the Greeks invented the story of Helios dragging the sun across the sky because to them that sounded reasonable and made sense of the phenomenon. Similarly, […]
  • What Is Religiousness?
    Elijah Walker shared this Tweet on Twitter today that gives a secular person a clue about what religiousness is. Elijah writes: Elijah Walker (they/them) 4:45 PM · Jul 31, 2022 This is the first time I’ve shared this publicly. I’ve made a decision to permanently step away from ministry. I no longer identify as a […]
  • Secular Web Kids Tails: Darth Harley For A Time Such As This
    “Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this. (Esther 4:14).” As was usually come to pass at the end of the day, Darth Harley walked down the Angus Path, particularly pleasant and orange on a autumn eve such as this, and reflected on the day at school.  His teacher […]
  • Weird Facts
    Have you ever wondered about weird facts, like what the longest word is? People disagree, but many say the longest word starts and ends “Methionylthreonylthreonylglutaminylalanyl…isoleucine.” It has 189,819 letters. It is the chemical composition of titin, the largest known protein. The full word takes about 2 to 3 1/2 hours to say. Here are two […]
  • What If Prayers Don’t Work?
    Most people, even if they are secular, have at least tried prayer, even though they didn’t think it would work. But what if prayers don’t work? What are they like? Write a social media post showing what prayer is like if it doesn’t work. Here is a funny example:
  • Talking to Kids About Morality Without God
    One thing you sometimes hear is that without God there could be no objective morality (the oughts), because if moral rules/principles don’t get their authority from God, where could their authority come from? Of course, this way of thinking is wrong. Children from a very young age understand what being a “friend” means without God […]
  • Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
    One of the traditional “proofs” of the existence of God is the beauty of the world. The claim is: surely as the beauty of a painting suggests an artist, so too does the beauty of a sunset suggest a divine artist. One problem with this way of thinking is that beauty is a highly personal […]
  • Important Monkeys
  • Secular Meme
    A popular secular meme on the web is In your own words, explain what you think this meme is arguing about religion (s) …
  • Create An Internet Independent Study Project Landing Page and Branch Pages In Response To An Inquiry Question (high school level)
    Sample Inquiry Question: “If Jesus was an apocalyptic prophet predicting the soon end of the age, why the major emphasis on personal and societal growth and transformation?” 2. Sample Product: Click on laughing Jesus below to enter the project! Create A Checklist For Your Project. Here is a sample checklist: source: free for teachers from […]
  • Darth Harley and Bob the Fish
  • The Sins Of The Father 2/2 (Gnostics)
    This post is the last in this miniseries looking at the problem of evil. The previous posts are linked below. This last post begins below the linked posts: This interpretation offered over the above previous posts in the miniseries regarding God as evil/stupid is related to what we find in the ancient Gnostic interpretation of […]
  • Sins of the Father
    Previous 3 Secular Web Kids posts links, new analysis following these below: In the last series of posts on “What is the problem of evil?” we raised the possibility of God’s supreme recklessness and poor judgment in allowing earthquakes, floods, famine, pestilence, Sin, etc.  God did such a poor job creating and managing that things […]
  • What is the Problem of Evil? (Appendix)
    In the Jewish tradition, the question of evil is not just about personal failings, but overcoming the temptations of Satan. This is even true for God, who said Satan “caused” him to move against Job, which He wouldn’t otherwise have done simply on His own: 3 The Lord said to Satan,“Have you considered my servant Job? There is […]
  • What is The Problem of Evil? (2/2)
    The God of the bible was certainly prone to bad judgment.  Even on a simple level, consider with the story of Noah, He had so poorly designed humans that he had to wipe them all out with a flood and start over from square one.  Along these lines we read: “God ‘regretting’ his decisions: Two […]
  • What Is The Problem Of Evil?
    The problem of evil is an old philosophy question that has been asked for centuries. In the Christian tradition, it is something like “If God is all Good and all powerful, why does He allow suffering? If He cant stop it, He isn’t all powerful, and if He doesn’t try to stop it, He isn’t […]
  • Jesus and the Story of Jonah and the Big Fish
    Scholars have long thought Jonah was a “type” of Christ, meaning Jesus’ story imitates/reverses the story of Jonah on many issues, and presents Jesus as greater than Jonah. Matthew writes: “38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” 39 But he answered them, […]
  • Psychology and Religion: The Case of Conservative Islam and the Hijab
    The psychologist doesn’t only ask what people believe/think, but what these beliefs can tell you about the person. For instance, conservative Muslim men often believe women should cover themselves with the Hijab: Does the Quran say women are required to wear the hijab covering? No, what the Quran says is the wives of the prophet […]
  • The Women At The Empty Tomb (Appendix to the 2 previous posts.)
    The 2 Previous Posts were The Women At The Empty Tomb 2. The Women at the Empty Tomb 2/2 Now, Reflecting on these 2 posts: Regardless of attributing to specific authors, these below early documents reflect a certain attitude by some Christians to women: Ephesians 5:22-24 “…wives should submit to their husbands etc.“ 1 Timothy […]
  • The Women At The Empty Tomb part 2/2: Fear of God (Middle School Level)
    “He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.” – Psalm 145:19 (ESV)“ “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30 ESV” Just as a lack of a healthy fear of God and his commands, […]
  • The Women At The Empty Tomb
    The Gospel of Mark, our oldest gospel, ends like this: “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see […]
  • An “Incredible Person” Study of Friedrich Nietzsche part 2/2, this time for middle school kids.
    You see the old man, but can you see the young couple kissing? Hegel said we can un-hide the “Oneness” of the sock by tearing it in half, that in the tearing the Unity appears “as a lost unity.” He called this method of un-hiding “phenomenology.” What important truths of the human condition can you […]
  • An “Incredible Person” study of Friedrich Nietzsche (1/2)
      “Like an unskilled doctor, fallen ill, you lose heart and cannot discover by which remedies to cure your own disease.” (Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound) How can you have a great life? One strategy is to study and emulate the lives of great people like Martin Luther King Junior. Every padawan benefits from having a mentor, […]
  • Religion and Government
    What we see from the current war between Russia and Ukraine, is that the closer someone gets to being a dictator, the more dangerous it becomes that he/she will use the position to lie to his/her people and increase power. But if it is obvious to us that a free democracy is the way to […]
  • Why Don’t People Hold God To The Same Legal Standards As Humans?
    Consider this. In making water as necessary for life, God could have ensured water is abundant and all clean. Did God bother to do this? No: The World Health Organization says that every year more than 3.4 million people die as a result of water related diseases, making it the leading cause of disease and […]
  • What Is A God (s)
    It can be difficult to understand what a God is, since people understand the idea differently. In general, there is a spectrum of kinds of Gods that range from being really powerful, but basically like us (eg Thor), to the God of negative theology who is so different from us that we can’t say anything […]
  • What is a Prophet?
    A prophet is someone or thing who predicts the future. For example, many think groundhogs on groundhog day can predict if we will have an early spring. Some have even decided to replace the groundhog with a prophesying lobster: Who was the most famous prophet in history? It was probably Jesus, who incorrectly predicted the […]
  • Reading Strategies: What are the Gospels, Propaganda and Counter Propaganda?
    If you are learning about Jesus, one question that comes up is what genre are the gospels that tell his story? It’s often questioned what genre the gospels are, and the answer usually falls somewhere on the spectrum between ancient biography, and historical fiction.  In fact, the sense of the gospel is actually Ancient Propaganda, […]
  • WHAT IS READING?
    1. Seeing the hidden picture. You can see the old man, but can you see the hidden picture? 2. Putting together a puzzle without knowing what the picture on the front of the box is:
  • Grade 5 Discussion Topic: Can There Be Right And Wrong Without God?
    It’s clear to every padawan that some things are wrong.  For instance, it is wrong to steal from your parent’s wallet.  Now, this seems to have nothing to do with whether there is a God or not, and yet some religious people say without God there can be no right or wrong.  Why?  They say […]
  • Poetry Study: Phantom Limbs
    How amazing my person-ality is As it becomes world Boiling with anger Frozen with fear World/Self-mirroring metaphor made possible As information translates from one sensory part of the brain to the other and back again Where does it all go in a car crash, me still vegetatively there But no longer there Or does the […]
  • Some Questions About Evolution (from a kid’s book)
  • Article Response 2: Worship in School
    The UK is the only sovereign state in the world to impose Christian worship as standard in state schools. Read this article, and explain why or why not you would sign a petition to end this: https://humanists.uk/what-you-can-do-to-help/inclusive-school-assemblies/
  • Newspaper Article Reading Response
    This article, “It’s Like Saying Bald Is A Hair Color,” is from the St. Catharines Standard Newspaper. Here is the article: https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/opinion/columnists/2013/02/10/it-s-like-saying-bald-is-a-hair-colour.html Read the article and answer the following questions: 1. What did you like, dislike, and find interesting 2. Can you relate something you read to your own life? 3. Is a newspaper article […]
  • Secular Web Kids Word Search
    angels belief darth debate demons doubt evidence gods harley logic reason secular skeptic supernatural superstition
  • Secular Web Kids Crossword
    Down 1 The love of wisdom 2 Searching for reasons/evidence 3 Magic and Monsters 5 Information on which to base belief 7 Believing someone/thing has successfully cast a magic spell 9 Not believing in the supernatural
  • Young Darth Harley Had Some Doubts
    (*****************sing to the tune of Old MacDonald Had A Farm) (Verse 1) Young Darth Harley had some doubts A-questioning he goes And with those doubts he questioned commercials A-questioning he goes With a “does it work?” here And a “will it make me happy?” there Here a doubt, there a doubt Everywhere an “Ad” doubt […]
  • Random Passages:
    Darth Harley was snoring loudly at the back of World Religions class while Li’l Yoda took detailed notes of the class discussion: Y: “Wake up, Harley!,” Yoda chirped, “You’re going to get in trouble!” H: “Oops, sorry, what did I miss?” Y: “Li’l Richard is arguing with the teacher again that Jesus never existed.” H: […]
  • Darth Harley Interview (5 Minutes)
  • Darth Harley Recites a “Beauty” Poem
    Harley stood nervously in front of his class and read out loud the quotation he had found: ** “In consequence, if the world is beautiful, that fact would be evidence for God’s existence.” (Swinburne, Richard, The Existence of God, OUP, 2nd Edition, 2004,) “So,” Harley said, “for my reader response to this quote I would like […]
  • (5) Darth Harley Begins To Think About Christianity
    (5) Darth Harley begins to think about Christianity: Harley sat in his bed with his mom and talked about his day at school. H: In Social Studies we started to learn about Christianity.  They think God raised Jesus from the dead and that he appeared to his followers. M:  Do you think God cast a […]
  • (4) Darth Harley and His Mom
    Harley sat with his mom one night and she read to him from one of her favorite books, “David Copperfield.”  The book was often too difficult for him, but he loved reading with his mom.  She read: “I was sensible of a mist of love and beauty about Dora, but of nothing else … it […]
  • (3) Darth Harley and Li’l Yoda
    Darth Harley and L’il Yoda Harley and Li’l Yoda talked that recess, and many others after, and became good friends.  They talked about video games, God, TV, sports, and music, to name a few.  Harley would always go home and tell his parents about his conversations with Li’l Yoda, and his parents were delighted he […]
  • (2) Darth Harley Goes To School
    (2) THE LEGEND OF DARTH HARLEY Episode 1: Young Darth Harley, Bark Lord of the Sith, and the “DOG-MATIC” Jedi Li’l Yoda  “If one is to understand the great mystery, one must study all its aspects, not just the dog-matic narrow view of the Jedi.” (Darth Sidious: Star Wars Episode 3, Revenge of the Sith) *** image […]
  • In the beginning
    A long time ago, a thousand year before Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, the Sith were fighting among themselves, and had become weak.  Because of this, the Jedi nearly destroyed them.  Then, the Dark Lord Darth Bane emerged with a new plan for the Sith. The Sith would combat the Jedi with intelligence, cunning, and reason, rather […]