It is a glorious summer day in the Garden here at Daylight Atheism, and the 44th Carnival of the Godless has convened and is in session. Caravans and covered wagons bearing infidels and freethinkers from around the world have arrived and are drawn up in a circle on the green lawn. The sun beats down bright and hot from an endless blue sky, its light filling the air and glittering like a haze of molten gold. Some attendees lie on deckchairs or beach towels laid on the grass and bathe in the sun’s light, while others seek refuge beneath blossoming willow and cherry trees whose green branches filter the heat into a pleasant dappled cool. The cheerful sounds of friendly chatter and occasional lively debate rise above the silver trickling of an antique fountain that casts an arc of spray shot through with rainbows.
At one end of the garden, preparations have been made for a feast: several large barbeque grills send up shimmering heat and mouth-watering smells, interspersed with ice-filled coolers and, on a table, a miniature, fully functional beer volcano. A tall stack of cordwood awaits the bonfire to be lit later this night, after the sun has set and the fireflies have come out. To the north stands a stately house where light glitters blindingly off the tall picture windows of a library and, on the roof, the white dome of an observatory.
Your intrepid host, Ebonmuse, takes the podium at the front of the gathering, beneath a trellis where climbing roses are brilliantly in bloom, and calls the meeting to order.
“Welcome, one and all, to the 44th Carnival of the Godless! I’m honored to be playing host to you all today, here in my humble home. It warms my heart to see so many free minds together in one place. People say the golden age of freethought has come and gone, but I’m here to tell you that we’ve never gone anywhere! And what’s more, we’ve grown stronger than most people realize, and if we use that strength, we can accomplish truly great things. Though the hosts of religion may rage, and though they may have great power and influence, they do not have the one thing that we have: the truth. It may seem a small thing, but in the right hands, it can move mountains.
And now, without further ado, let’s get to this week’s featured speakers! We have a wide variety of godless goodness from around the world for your consideration and enjoyment.
Next, Goosing the Antithesis, in The God That Wasn’t at Church, tells of a church screening of the movie “The God Who Wasn’t There” and how religious apologists attempted to protect ordinary churchgoers from its content.
God-belief is worldwide, but fortunately for us, godlessness is worldwide to counter it too! Nonoscience offers a critique of the extremely muddled thinking of a Hindu mantra in Critique on Gayatri Mantra – a Scientific View.
The Accidental Weblog offers some dry commentary on a Christian who believes he has been called by God to attend pornography conventions to evangelize the attendants, and some thoughts on healthy attitudes about sex more generally.
And finally, The Omnipotent Poobah Speaks is a very interesting blog which I haven’t previously heard about. In Do Unto Others, the author laments how religious belief has been turned into a justification for hate by small-minded and ignorant people. This blog looks well worth keeping an eye on.
That concludes this edition of the Carnival of the Godless. Our thanks and gratitude are due to all who attended, and especially all who submitted. Don’t forget, the next edition will appear in two weeks at Beware of the Dogma, so get those entries in. Until then, my friends!”