Loose Marbles I: Debunking 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

It seems to be part of human nature that any event of great scale or significance will inevitably engender conspiracy theories. The Kennedy assassination and the moon landing are two recent events that have spawned some of the most durable and complex examples, but there are many more, swirling around nearly every major world event and ranging from the nearly plausible to the outright ridiculous. (An example of the latter category would be the assertion that Hurricane Katrina was caused by … [Read more...]

Physician, Heal Thyself

I mentioned in an earlier post that I recently came across Freethought Radio, the Freedom from Religion Foundation's new weekly radio show, which I highly recommend.The very first episode, which I was listening to the other day, made me aware of a shocking violation of the separation of church and state. This latest outrage, not surprisingly, arises from George W. Bush's constitutionally repugnant "faith-based initiatives" plan, a political euphemism for forced taxation in support of … [Read more...]

The Quiet Revolution Continues

Unlike most religions, atheism has no single founder or point of origin. Becoming an atheist is not a matter of joining an existing establishment or swearing allegiance to a creed, but rather of waking up to a simple realization about how the world works. If religions grow like moss, a uniform carpet starting from a single point and spreading outwards, then atheists are like wildflowers scattered across the terrain, each one blooming with brilliant colors of their own.It makes sense that such … [Read more...]

Healthy Pledges for a “Responsibility Non-Ball”

By Alexander Weaver(Editor's Note: Please welcome Daylight Atheism's first guest writer! Alexander Weaver is the author of the essay "Answers to 11 Questions for Atheists" on Ebon Musings.)Recently, several bloggers brought to my attention one of the creepier trends that's caught on in South Dakota, the "Father-Daughter Purity Ball." This is more or less what it sounds like; fathers and daughters (mainly preteens and young teens) dress up and attend a dance together, which culminates in them … [Read more...]

Remodeling

I've made some changes in the site code:The SecureImage plugin, which generated those annoying verification code images, is no more. (I'm confident this will be among the more popular changes.) I'm not planning to replace it any time soon, but we'll see how things go. Hopefully, this change will encourage more visitors to leave comments.Observant readers will notice the shiny new "Recent Comments" section of the sidebar, which is supplied by a very cool WordPress plugin called Brian's … [Read more...]

Shattering Stereotypes

In a previous post, Should Atheists Evangelize?, I defended the position that nonbelievers should speak out publicly in defense of atheism. It seems obvious to me that, if we are to act in accordance with that principle, we should come to a general agreement on how to go about it and what methods are most effective. With that in mind, this post will be the first in a three-part series on evangelizing for atheism, offering suggestions on how we should present ourselves and how to deploy our … [Read more...]

The 12th Carnival of the Liberals

Welcome, one and all, to the 12th Carnival of the Liberals! Today we have a selection of some of the best liberal and progressive writing on the Internet for your reading pleasure and consideration. My name is Ebonmuse, and I'll be your host for this edition.My weblog is called Daylight Atheism, and my primary purpose in writing for it is to bring to light the hate-based agenda of the religious right, the better to organize opposition to their noxious policies. As you might therefore expect, … [Read more...]

Carnival Time Tomorrow

The 12th Carnival of the Liberals will appear at Daylight Atheism tomorrow. It's still not too late to get a submission in, if you haven't yet done so - I'll accept entries up until midnight tonight, Eastern time. Just as a reminder, the topics I'm especially interested in are as follows:Separation of church and state and efforts to violate it Religion in politics, both the evils of the religious right and efforts by the religious left to make their voices heard The effort to unify liberal … [Read more...]

Book Review: Breaking the Spell

Daniel Dennett has written about free will, consciousness, the mind, evolution, and natural selection. In his latest book, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, he turns his attention to a new topic, the origin and role of religion in the human species. Although Dennett is avowedly an atheist, this book is not about whether God exists per se. Instead, it is more an exploration of how it came about, what purpose it served in the past and what purpose it serves today, and whether … [Read more...]

Science is a Way of Knowing

A common accusation leveled against science by its enemies is that it is too closed-minded, too dogmatic, too authoritarian. From creationists to "alternative medicine" advocates to New Agers, the defenders of pseudoscience argue that science is closed to new ideas, set in its ways, unwilling to challenge conventional wisdom. If only science would examine our claims with an open mind, goes the refrain from each fringe community, they would see that they are fully deserving of inclusion.There … [Read more...]


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