I’ve got plenty of goodies in the bag for this post. Frankly, more has been happening lately than I can write about – but that’s okay, because there are lots of other fantastic atheist bloggers who’ve said it all!
• First, there’s this outrageous story out of Washington, D.C., where the Catholic church has threatened to completely shut down all the social services they provide to local homeless people if they’re forced to obey laws forbidding discrimination against same-sex couples.
I may write more about this later, but for now, I’m happy to send you to She Who Chatters, whose eloquent anger sums up everything I feel when I read this.
• On a related note, Atheist Revolution tells the story of a Cincinnati atheist billboard – bearing only the peaceful and non-confrontational message, “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone” – that had to be moved after the billboard company was deluged with violent threats. Remind me again, what do we stand to gain by being civil and respectful and tiptoeing around so as not to offend anyone’s superstitions?
• In the Washington Post, Jonathan Turley asks the cogent question of why the courts let parents off so lightly when their religious beliefs result in the painful and unnecessary deaths of their children from treatable medical conditions.
• On a less somber note, I’m happy to endorse Young Freethought, a new blog focusing on the work of atheists and freethinkers between the ages of 16 and 21. Every new generation shows a greater and greater willingness to think for themselves and challenge the old religious orthodoxies, and I’m very glad to see more young people step up to voice their convictions and add to this groundswell of free thinking. From what I’ve seen so far, this blog has some very promising, well-written essays already, and I’ll be watching them closely to see what else they come up with. You should too!
• Finally, a reader turned me on to this wonderful website, Symphony of Science. Its creator has taken the words of famous scientists speaking about the discoveries that make us shiver in awe, then remixed them with his own brand of ambient, trip-hop music. The effect is eerie and surreal at first, but also hauntingly beautiful. It may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it immensely. Combined with the lyrics, it spoke to me in a way that almost no other music does. (It reminds me a lot of Forest for the Trees, a band I used to listen to in high school and college.) If this interests you, I highly recommend checking it out.