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Jim Downard

Jim Downard

Jim Downard is a Spokane native (with a sojourn in Southern California back in the early 1960s) who was raised in a secular family, so says had no personal faith to lose.

He’s always been a history and science buff (getting a bachelor’s in the former area at what was then Eastern Washington University in the early 1970s).

Things that go Trump in the night

The real hobgoblins and scaries, the spirits of envious hatred and fear, seem set on holding on all the way to Nov. 8 and beyond, four years at least, wearing especially unpleasant garb like pointed white hoods or swastika armbands, dreaming of high walls built by somebody else to keep the “other” at bay, while so many of the “wrong” sorts get stopped and frisked along the way.

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Ask An Atheist: Is atheism a religion?

That is, if the word "religion" is used in anything like the way normal people use it, which is belief in supernatural entities that involve claims about the history of things, proscriptions about behavioral dictates, and degrees of veneration or worship.

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