Author Archives: Richard Collins

About Richard Collins

Researcher/writer/activist

The kickoff has started for the 2014 annual protest event. Organizers are working on the presentations and gathering people to the event. The 2013 event was a grand success and proved our concept for a demonstration that would bring people … Continue reading

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Papers and videos of interest to reformers

  Cultural cognition Why do members of the public disagree—sharply and persistently—about facts on which expert scientists largely agree? We designed a study to test a distinctive explanation: the cultural cognition of scientific consensus. The “cultural cognition of risk” refers … Continue reading

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Second annual day of protest against hereditary religion coming soon

January 20, 2013 will be the date for the second annual international day of protest against hereditary religion. The protest will again be held in cyberspace, but the aim is to eventually have annual protests in the real world. Complete … Continue reading

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Focus on the familily is a political organization masquerading as a relgious organization

Before you write off Focus on the Family as some sort of fringe group, you have to understand that this fringe group has achieved main stream acceptance around the world and they have vast media resources that constantly pump out … Continue reading

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Where is the debate over spanking children?

 Why Does Everyone Pretend There’s A ‘Spanking Debate’? By Lisa Belkin, Huffington Post, July 9, 2012 Narration By Stefan Molyneux, Freedomain Radio Spanking was a subject of debate on every parenting website on the continent during the past week, and … Continue reading

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Children in fundamentalist families are often regarded as little adults

http://www.markfulton.org/the-psychological-effects-of-christianity Children and the Burden of Shame Children in fundamentalist families are often regarded as little adults, with the same sinful tendencies and the same need to be “saved.” Consequently, there may be little or no realization that a growing … Continue reading

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Three concepts of children’s constitutional rights: reflections on enjoyment theory

  Laurence D. Houlgate  I. THE CHILD: A PERSON OR A NON-PERSON IN CUSTODY? Attempts to extend constitutional rights to children did not succeed in American law until the late 1960s, when the Supreme Court declared that “neither the Fourteenth … Continue reading

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THE PROGRESS OF NATIONS

THE PROGRESS OF NATIONS The day will come when the progress of nations will be judged not by their military or economic strength, nor by the splendor of their capital cities and public buildings, but by the well-being of their … Continue reading

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The USA must ratify the UN CRC and reform our laws to comply

Measures and mechanisms required to eliminate corporal punishment and other cruel or degrading forms of punishment Legal reform is essential in eliminating corporal punishment. All provisions which allow a “reasonable” degree of corporal punishment – whether in statute or in … Continue reading

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Bigotry is a feature, not a bug

Recent advances in cognitive science reveal clear evidence there is a biological basis for bigotry. For a democracy, in which everyone gets to vote, this is really a serious issue we must address. Our world is undergoing rapid changes that … Continue reading

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