James HaughtIn existographies, James Haught (1932-) (FA:125) is an American newspaper editor turned free inquiry writer and religious and atheist historian, noted for his 1996 book 2000 Years of Disbelief: Famous People with the Courage to Doubt (see: Haught disbeliever), wherein he pens out a decent historical of famous atheists. [1]


Haught is a pro-atheism writer, a self-classified "skeptic and agnostic" and or a “skeptic” (2012), when confronted with god-talking Unitarian preachers. (Ѻ), who is a member of the Unitarian church.

The following is a circa 2000 description of Haught: [3]

“Editor of the Charleston Gazette in West Virginia, Haught has spent more than 50 years as an investigative journalist, columnist, and author. A self-proclaimed skeptic and agnostic, Haught writes and lectures frequently on religious topics, particularly injustices and atrocities committed in the name of religion, and the scientific debunking of supernatural claims. He is the author of five books, including: Holy Horrors: An Illustrated History Of Religious Murder and Madness; Holy Hatred: Religious Conflicts Of The '90s; and 2000 Years of Disbelief, a paean to freethinkers, atheists, and religious doubters. Haught also serves as a senior editor at Free Inquiry magazine, published by the Council for Secular Humanism.”

In 2007, Haught, in his personal webpage, described himself as follows: [2]

“I’m in a quest for mental honesty. I'm an old newspaper editor who has spent half a century chronicling social struggles and cultural tides. Personally, I've waged a long crusade for rational, scientific thinking as an antidote for harmful supernaturalism. I've written seven books and many magazine articles against religion, astrology, mysticism, psychic claims, cults, ‘New Agery’, fundamentalism, and other magical beliefs. Although billions of people pray to invisible gods, there's no actual evidence of deities and devils, heavens and hells, spirits and prophecies, etc. They're just imaginary, as far as a sincere inquirer can tell. So, to me, the only honest viewpoint is the humanist one, which doubts the supernatural and focuses on improving human life. This web site contains some of my skeptical pieces - plus others on science, sailing, sex, serenity, the joy of nature, and the meaning of life (or lack thereof). You're free to read, download, print out, circulate or reprint any of these materials.”

Haught currently is editor emeritus of the West Virginia newspaper The Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Quotes | Favorite
The following are Haught’s favorite quotes:

Man is certainly stark mad; he can’t make a worm, yet he can make gods by the dozen.”
Michel Montaigne (c.1570) [2]

Religion is all bunk.”
Thomas Edison (c.1900) [2]

The following are representative quotes:

“During a recent evolution showdown, a visiting "creation scientist" from California repeatedly challenged me to debate, because I support the teaching of evolution. A Charleston talk radio host blistered me on the air because I would not come on his show and quarrel with the creationist professor. But I felt it would be silly for me to argue about his supernatural beliefs. After all, I would not debate a Scientologist who asserts that all human souls are ‘thetans’ from another planet. And I would not quarrel with a Unification Church member's claim that Jesus appeared to Master Moon and told him to convert all people as "Moonies." And I would not dispute a Mormon's belief that Jesus visited prehistoric America. And so on, and so on. Let them all believe whatever they want. It is pointless to go on radio shows and wrangle over mystical claims. However, such claims must not be imposed on captive children in government-owned schools. That is prohibited by the separation of church and state, a core principle in the First Amendment in America's Bill of Rights.”
— James Haught (c.1994), Source [3]

“Is religion a force for good? The evidence of history and the evidence of current events cast doubt on the truism.”
— James Haught (c.1994), Source (Ѻ)

“Challenge supernaturalism in all its forms, from religion to Ouija boards.”
— James Haught (2007), webpage header quote [2]

1. Haught, James A. (1996). 2000 Years of Disbelief: Famous People with the Courage to Doubt (§: George Santayana, pgs. 228-30). Prometheus.
2. James Haught (about) – Wvinter.net.
3. James Haught (about) – TheInfidels.org.

Further reading
● Haught, James A. (1990). Holy Wars: an Illustrated History of Religious Murder and Madness. Prometheus.
● Haught, James A. (1995). Holy Hatred: Religious Conflicts of the 90s. Prometheus Books.

External links
James A. Haught (publications) – Wvinter.net.
James A. Haught (about) – UUHumanistSymposium.com.
James A. Haught – WorldCat Identities.
James A. Haught – Infidels.org.
James A. Haught – CelebAtheists.com.

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