Book Review: The Republican War on Science

Once the party of small government and fiscal conservativism, America's Republican party has in the past few decades been hijacked by an unlikely coalition of religious extremists and big-business interests. This coalition has risen to power by cynically exploiting people's fears, courting the support of minority special interest groups, and attacking its opponents' patriotism as a cloak to hide its own noxious ideals, and now threatens the very constitutional ideals upon which this country has … [Read more...]

Upcoming Carnivals for May 2006

• The 29th Philosophers' Carnival will be hosted at Daylight Atheism on May 1, this coming Monday. It's not too late to submit a post - check the carnival home page for the nomination form, or simply e-mail me. Nominations will be accepted through Sunday night.• And soon afterward, on May 10, the 12th Carnival of the Liberals will arrive as well. Unlike most other carnivals, the Carnival of the Liberals is more selective, only accepting about ten posts per edition. All high-quality liberal wri … [Read more...]

A Look in the Mirror

Marc Gellman, a Jewish rabbi and one-half of the "God Squad", has recently written a solo column titled "Trying to Understand Angry Atheists" in which he takes up one of the oldest religious clichés - that atheists are "angry".It starts out well enough:I think I need to understand atheists better. I bear them no ill will. I don't think they need to be religious to be good, kind and charitable people, and I have no desire to debate or convert them.There is nothing in that passage I can … [Read more...]

Higher Truth

While browsing Usenet some time ago, I came across this post on the newsgroup alt.religion.christian. It appears to be an excerpt from the book Drawing Near, a collection of 365 "daily readings for a deeper faith" by Christian pastor John MacArthur, whose ministry Grace to You claims a worldwide radio program, eleven million audiocassettes sold, and dozens of best-selling books written in its thirty-year history.The excerpt is worth reading, if only to marvel at the arrogance it displays. It … [Read more...]

Answer the Question, Billy

Thanks to a Google news alert, I recently became aware that the evangelist Billy Graham has a syndicated newspaper column, entitled "My Answer". Graham addresses both theological queries and requests for advice, both of which he typically answers by quoting Bible verses and ending with a standard invitation for the reader to convert to Christianity. (Despite Billy Graham's fame, few Christians today know that when he began preaching, he was one-half of a team. His partner, Charles Templeton, … [Read more...]

The Politics of Atheism III

Business & the MarketIn matters of economic organization, as in other areas, atheists should be guided by the evidence. One thing history has shown is that state-controlled economies simply do not work. The Soviet Union, the largest experiment in communism in human history, ultimately collapsed under the weight of its own failed economic structure, and most of the remaining communist countries are either in a state of economic tailspin themselves or are becoming increasingly capitalistic … [Read more...]

Have You No Sense of Decency?

After the vigorous (although, I'm happy to say, civil) debate inspired by the first two Politics of Atheism posts, I figured everyone could use a break. The third and final part of that series will appear shortly.In the meantime, allow me to bring to your attention a story that demonstrates the truly evil and loathsome depths to which the religious right in this country has willingly sunk.It appears that a common tactic of the anti-abortion movement is to set up "crisis pregnancy centers" … [Read more...]

The Politics of Atheism II

Social JusticeAs part of the compassion that we as atheists should have for all living beings, I advocate joining in efforts to end poverty. Wealth honestly earned is a powerful incentive for people to work hard and succeed, and it is not intrinsically unjust for different members of society to enjoy different levels of luxury. However, no one should lack the basic necessities of life - a place to live, food and clothing, education, health care, and work that pays a living wage - and no one … [Read more...]

Another Brief History of Time

I recently came across a gorgeous Flash presentation briefly chronicling the history of the universe, from the Big Bang to humanity. Check it out: Evolution - What Next? Click on the red "Time Slider" arrow to get it started, then click and drag the slider along the timeline. I haven't explored the rest of the site in detail yet, but there seem to be many more Flash animations on other topics relating to biology.Credit to Table of Malcontents for the original link. … [Read more...]

The Politics of Atheism I

A reader of Daylight Atheism recently made an excellent suggestion via e-mail:As several of your recent posts suggest, it is perhaps time for atheists to unite into a force for change. And in America, that means political change. I welcome this prospect, but believe that we should have some agreement on what changes to make and what our common vision of America should be. I think a series of posts on the politics of Atheism would be helpful. Perhaps it should include the beginnings of a … [Read more...]


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