– Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS Looking back over the last four years, it has become clear that President Barack Obama has enthusiastically continued (and expanded in at least one case) five troubling policies of George W. Bush: foreign interventionism, the use of armed drones, extraordinary rendition, torture, and incarcerating alleged [...]
– Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS When President Obama spoke at the memorial service for the children, teachers, and administrators murdered in Newtown, Connecticut, I was overwhelmed by dissonance. His remarks assumed that a Christian perspective was applicable to everyone who mourned as he spoke about “eternal glory” and quoted bible [...]
– Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS As a freethinking humanist, I do not see the world as guided by some divine force, or by some evil force. I recognize that good and evil both exist among our species. And I react to the events of Dec. 14 in Newtown, Connecticut, much [...]
– The greatest human freedom is to live, and die, according to one’s own desires and beliefs. From advance directives to physician-assisted dying, death with dignity is a movement to provide options for the dying to control their own end-of-life care. — Statement from the Death With Dignity National Center Freethought San Marcos: A column [...]
– Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS Those who see no harm in beginning a meeting of a city council, school board, or commissioners court with prayer owe it to the Constitution to take a few minutes and consider the perspective that the First Amendment’s prohibition against an establishment of religion means [...]
– Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS In a hackneyed play on words, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s extremist vice-presidential running mate, declared, “In this war on poverty, poverty is winning.” His claim created an enticing sound-bite for the evening news, but it is factually incorrect. Ryan’s argument: “With a few exceptions, government’s [...]
Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS It seems that it is still popular to beat up on atheists and agnostics in Texas, in spite of gains in acceptance of both groups. At least, politicians have found that they can stir emotions and benefit politically from standing up for God and Jesus, whether [...]
– Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS Most people seemed to focus on the strangeness of Romney-speak after Mitt Romney talked about “binders of women” in the second presidential debate held on October 16. If you missed the debate, here’s what happened. The candidates were asked a question about inequalities in the [...]
In his regular column, former San Marcos City Attorney LAMAR HANKINS says the Hays County Commissioners Court is endorsing Christianity because most of the people who pray before court sessions are Christians.
Freethought groups generally don’t take positions on gun control and the right to bear arms. What freethinkers try to do is understand the evidence about various propositions and draw rational conclusions about those propositions based on the evidence.