Ask Jon 37: Universal Vaccination and Rugged Individualism

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Jonathan Engel, J.D. is the President of the Secular Humanist Society of New York. Here we talk about the collision between the value of rugged individualism and the need for universal vaccination in the moment of a pandemic.   *Interview conducted March 22, 2021.* Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Vaccines really … Continue reading

Ask Jon 36: The ‘Truth’ and Abuse of Stature

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Jonathan Engel, J.D. is the President of the Secular Humanist Society of New York. Here we talk about religion as a political tool in the United States. *Interview conducted March 8, 2021.* Jacobsen: So, for New York State and some of its political contexts, insofar as religious pluralism and … Continue reading

Ask Dr. P.B. 4: “The Arbiters of Faith”

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff has been a community organizer for more than 15 years. He has been active in Saanich municipal politics. He earned a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge and two BAs from the University of Calgary in Political … Continue reading

Ask Jon 35: The ‘Fuck You’ Stance

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Jonathan Engel, J.D. is the President of the Secular Humanist Society of New York. Here we talk about cult-infused politics. *Interview conducted March 1, 2021.* Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So, Trump came out. He’s given his first speech since his second impeachment, failing to win at the election, and the … Continue reading

Ask Jon 34: Vetting Process for Secularist Interviews

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Jonathan Engel, J.D. is the President of the Secular Humanist Society of New York. Here we talk about conspiracy theories and the substantial denial of the scientific method in American society. *Interview conducted February 22, 2021.* Scott Douglas Jacobsen: This is ‘Ask John 726.’ So, when you’re getting invitations … Continue reading

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