I’m always up for twangy roots-rock with a gimmick, and Larkin Poe has a neat one: their singer-songwriters Rebecca and Megan Lovell are sisters, and they claim descent from Edgar Allan Poe. This is from Kin, their first full-length album from 2014: Read more

The life, death and rebirth of Pennsylvania Station. Read more

In liberal, diverse blue cities, there’s not as much of a call for firebrand atheism. Read more

Since the election, I’ve wondered why any nation should ever trust the U.S. or expect us to keep our promises again. A case in point is Trump’s just-announced decision to pull out of JCPOA, the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated between the U.S., China, Russia, Europe and Iran, in which Iran would give up its nuclear-weapons program in exchange for relief from sanctions. For all that Trump complained about the deal, he had no specific criticisms of it (I doubt he… Read more

How can you be certain that your life meant something? Ayn Rand doesn’t know either. Read more

[This is the longest and twistiest route to a book review I’ve ever traveled. Dr. Karen Garst first contacted me in summer 2016 to ask if I’d be willing to run a review of her first book, Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion. I said yes, and it turns out that was about a month before my son was born… and all I can say for myself is that some things fall by the wayside when you have a… Read more

Even a former head of the Southern Baptists has to apologize for grossly sexist remarks, but we shouldn’t celebrate progress just yet. Read more

One final note. I get paid a small amount each month by Patheos based on blog traffic. As you may have heard, a set of seven-year-old guest posts by Sarah Braasch have been attracting a lot of attention. This is likely to affect how much money I make in May. Since I don’t want to profit from this controversy, I’m donating all the money I make from Daylight Atheism this month to civil rights charities. Specifically, I’ve given $125 each… Read more

To say “I love you,” one must first agree with everything Ayn Rand says. Read more

This upsetting story came to my attention. It’s another example of an all-too-common pattern: Lolade Siyonbola, a black graduate student at Yale, was detained, hassled and humiliated by police after a white student found her asleep in a dorm common area, told her she wasn’t supposed to be there, then called the cops. Now, according to the Yale Daily News and other outlets, I’m hearing to my shock that the white student in question was Sarah Braasch, who’s written several… Read more

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