Weekly Link Roundup

For the holiday season, some goodies this weekend:

• First up, some music for the season: the blogger Lirone, of Words That Sing, in collaboration with William Morris, composer in residence at the British Humanist Association (did you know the British Humanist Association had a composer in residence? me neither!), has written a humanist carol, Gathering Round the Fire. It’s 99 cents on iTunes, and all profits will go to the BHA. I downloaded and listened to it, and I enjoyed it greatly. Check it out, support a good cause, and lend a little bit of humanist cheer to your holiday gathering!

• Next, CNN has a surprisingly sympathetic interview with Richard Dawkins on evolution and atheist advocacy.

• The Daily Mail’s Andrew Alexander offers a “heartfelt plea for atheism“, an eloquent essay only slightly marred by an ignorant passage about climate change.

• Hanna Rosin asks whether the prosperity gospel contributed to the economic crash.

• On Daily Kos, it’s a shameful day for the Irish Catholic Church, as a long-awaited report is released about the complicity of the bishops in sex abuse by predator priests.

• And finally, from Time, an unsparing essay about the subjugation and abuse of women in Islamic countries. (Did you know a Saudi Arabian woman has no legal proof of her existence besides her name on her husband’s ID card? I didn’t.) This is the kind of thing that the New Atheists get called “shrill” and “strident” when we write.

Also, you may have noticed that posts on Daylight Atheism are now classified by tag in addition to the six major categories (also, there’s a tag cloud). I implemented this as a result of suggestions in the reader feedback thread, and I’ve been working my way backwards tagging older posts. Before I go further with that, I’m interested if people have any opinions on it. Too many tags? Too few? Are some missing that you’d like to see included? Personally, I’m still considering whether to add the “Science” tag to the posts on Lee Strobel.

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  • Reginald Selkirk

    On Daily Kos, it’s a shameful day for the Irish Catholic Church, as a long-awaited report is released about the complicity of the bishops in sex abuse by predator priests.

    Hey, no problem. Pope Indulgence will write a letter to Irish Catholics to express his regret, and then we can all put this nasty episode in the past and get back to blaming the godless for all of the evil in the world.

  • Alex Weaver

    Personally, I’m still considering whether to add the “Science” tag to the posts on Lee Strobel.

    “Science vs. Pseudoscience.”

  • http://she-who-chatters.blogspot.com D

    You talk about science, Strobel & co. just misunderstand and abuse it. I’d say CAC deserves the tag, for the same reason I say your blog is good even though you talk about a bunch of shitty, shitty things (like misogyny, and homophobia, and all that stuff).

  • tk

    ebon,thanks for ther andrew alexander link. i was jest wonderin…over the last ten years or so, has the earth been warming or cooling…???


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