Jim Downard

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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).

The Chapel Hill Atheist (or is it “Atheist”?) Killer

According to his wife, interviewed by the New York Times, Hicks believed in equality for all, but apparently that lofty sentiment failed to stay his trigger finger as he executed the trio in their apartment, whether over an argument over a parking space, or any other reason, all would be of utter irrelevance as justification or excuse for such a senseless act.

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A secular guide to favorite classic holiday films

There is a long tradition of reflecting the Christmas holiday season in film, and why not? The festivity of it acts as a reminder of not only what we want to be but what we are not, the often ironic disjunction between the upbeat celebratory character of the season and the often melancholy realities of life.

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