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Charles Negy, Ph.D.
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Associate professor of psychology, University of Central Florida

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Beware of Those Who Do Things 'For the Children'

(8) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 6:05 PM

In light of the attention given to the recent resignation of Mozilla's CEO, Brendan Eich, over the discovery that he had donated money to the fight against same-sex marriage, there has been movement in the news to make the case that those who oppose same-sex marriage are not "bigots" or...

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Why I Cannot Believe in Religion

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2014 | 1:27 PM

The other day, a Christian friend of mine expressed to me that he did not understand how so-called scientists can be open to exploring the unknown, yet appear foreclosed on the possibility that religious-based notions may be valid, but simply have yet to be proven (e.g. "miracles," an omnipotent "god,"...

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The Sky Was Falling in Utah

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 9:05 AM

The state of Utah obtained some judicial relief on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court that momentarily halted the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It came not a moment too soon, as apparently the sky was about to fall on the entire state. Utah's Attorney General had

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Corrupting the Concept of Religious Freedom

(6) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 3:25 PM

I continue encountering news stories that address cases in which business owners claim they have a right -- based on their religious convictions -- to deny services to same-sex couples who request the business to cater their same-sex wedding, or photograph their same-sex wedding, etc. Even some lawsuits are now...

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Would Jesus Buy an Automatic Assault Weapon?

(67) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 12:11 PM

One of the things that has always struck me about many Christians in the United States is the disconnect between their faith in Jesus and their personal behavior. One obvious example that rears its ugly head once a year is the whole enterprise of Christmas (no pun intended by the...

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The Two White Americas

(4) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 1:45 PM

The presidential election last week took many Americans by surprise, particularly those who supported Romney. Many Republicans were, and still are, in disbelief, over how quickly after the polls began to close, the swing states fell for Obama like a string of dominoes.

A large portion of those who supported...

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Conservative Christians' War Against Sexual Minorities

(7) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 5:25 PM

As we await word from the U.S. Supreme Court on whether they will take up cases related to same-sex marriage (e.g., CA Proposition 8; DOMA), another legal decision related to sexual minorities made news last Sunday. The governor of California signed into law the prohibition of people from...

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Religious Education Should Not Be An Oxymoron

(12) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 3:50 PM

I have to wonder what the rest of the world thinks about the recent outbreaks of violence in Middle Eastern and other Muslim countries, supposedly in response to an amateur video that lampoons the Muslim icon, Mohammad. I'd also be curious to know the rest of the world's thoughts about...

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Confronting Religious Bigotry in America and Elsewhere

(37) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 1:07 PM

The manifestation of religious bigotry in my Cross-Cultural Psychology class last Spring by a handful of students was the impetus for me to send an email message to all 456 students in that class. Of course, I did not anticipate the message going viral (on both Reddit and more recently...

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Universities Must Teach Students Their Real Mission

(39) Comments | Posted August 25, 2012 | 6:49 PM

Last Spring semester at the university I teach at, an incident occurred in my cross-cultural psychology class related to my discussion of religious bigotry in society. The incident prompted me to send an email to my students later that evening that ended up "going viral" and initially was posted on...

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