Tag Archives: Jonathan Engel

Ask Jon 41: Altered Altars and Jones to Pick

by | November 14, 2021

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Jonathan Engel, J.D. is the President of the Secular Humanist Society of New York. Here we talk about Bob Jones University and uncovering historical moments in religious fundamentalism encroachments into political spheres, where things begin decades prior. *Interview conducted September 13, 2021.* Scott Douglas Jacobsen: The topic today is going to be about hidden… Read more »

Ask Jon 40: Transcendentalist Ethics, or Moral Truncation in Practice

by | November 7, 2021

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Jonathan Engel, J.D. is the President of the Secular Humanist Society of New York. Here we talk about ongoing problems with religious ethics in practice in critical times. *Interview conducted August 30, 2021.* Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So, today we’re going to be focusing on mandates around COVID, and religious institutions and the State. With… Read more »

Ask Jon 39: “That person’s religious beliefs are hurting him and his community.”

by | October 21, 2021

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Jonathan Engel, J.D. is the President of the Secular Humanist Society of New York. Here we talk about changes in the secular New York community with COVID. *Interview conducted July 25, 2021.* Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Okay, we are back after an approximately three month and three week hiatus with Ask Jon. So, the Biden/Harris… Read more »

Ask Jon 38: Dichotomous Dialogues and Decorum

by | July 24, 2021

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Jonathan Engel, J.D. is the President of the Secular Humanist Society of New York. Here we talk about a recent dialogue between Jon and a Christian pastor in New York. *Interview conducted April 5, 2021.* Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So, here’s the ‘Cliff’s Notes’ of the story before getting into it, I got an email… Read more »

Ask Jon 37: Universal Vaccination and Rugged Individualism

by | July 23, 2021

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 touch on or show by… Read more »

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

by | July 22, 2021

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 non-religion are concerned, how do… Read more »