A Personal Note, Plus Weekend Miscellany

Hi folks,

I know I’ve been a little spotty lately when it comes to posting and answering e-mails. Well, I have a good excuse: I’m getting married two weeks from today.

If you had asked me when I announced I was engaged, back in 2008, I’d have thought that nearly two years was an incredibly long engagement. As it turns out, I was wrong. We’ve gotten most of the important things settled, but there’s still so much to do! (Part of this is the fault of the wedding-industrial complex and its relentless commercialization of everything related to a wedding – but throwing a nice party for a hundred and fifty or so of your family members and close friends does take a lot of planning.)

We’ll be ready in time, but Daylight Atheism has been unavoidably neglected somewhat. For that I apologize, and I hope to resume a normal posting schedule after our honeymoon. There are a few news items I’ve wanted to write about, but haven’t had the time, so here’s a quick link roundup:

• In an interview with D.J. Grothe, James Randi comes out of the closet as a gay man at the age of 81. He doesn’t expect this to make any real difference in the way his fellow skeptics view him and his work, and he’s right.

Antony Flew has died. You may remember him as the once-prominent atheist philosopher who, late in life and suffering from cognitive decline, was sadly taken advantage of by some ghoulish Christian apologists who insinuated themselves into his life, ghost-wrote a book and persuaded him to put his name on it. I’m sorrowful for his death, but also glad that Flew is at peace and this sordid story is finally over.

• A religious cult called Share International insists that American journalist Raj Patel is their messiah. The only person who seems to have a problem with this is Raj Patel, who wrote a fantastic op-ed for the Guardian explaining why humanity doesn’t need gods or messiahs to solve its problems, just a greater sense of morality and devotion to democracy.

• On the topic of cults, two former Scientologists and members of the church’s elite “Sea Org” have sued for $1 million in back pay, which they claim they were denied while working under conditions scarcely distinguishable from slavery.

• And finally, Indonesia’s highest court has upheld a law banning blasphemy, as well as limiting the number of officially permitted religions for Indonesians to six. I guess that’s one more place we can cross off our travel list…

And lastly, I want to put out a call for volunteers. Two weeks from today is the big day, and after that, I’ll be away for another two weeks on my honeymoon. I may be able to check in from time to time, but it would be nice to have someone minding the store – approving comments, writing guest posts so the site doesn’t get too quiet, and so on. Any regular readers interested? This is a job that can be shared by more than one person.

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About Adam Lee

Adam Lee is an atheist writer and speaker living in New York City. His new novel, City of Light, is available in paperback and e-book. Read his full bio, or follow him on Twitter.

  • http://www.dvorkin.com David Dvorkin

    Quibble: Flew is not at peace. He’s dead. He no longer exists, whether in a peaceful state or any other.

  • http://rejistanian.wordpress.com Rejistania

    I am happy to hear about your wedding. I wish you and your significant other all the best!

  • Karen

    Many happy returns on the big day to you and Miss Cherry Pie!

  • http://yunshui.wordpress.com yunshui

    Congratulations! I hope the two of you have a lovely wedding and are very happy together.

  • http://www.superhappyjen.blogspot.com SuperHappyJen

    Congratulations!!! How exciting. I’d be willing to help out and write a few guest posts if you like, but I certainly wouldn’t be able to be as dedicated to this blog as you are. Consider me on the team, though. E-mail me.

  • Sarah Braasch

    Congrats!! How fantastic!

  • Archimedez


  • Malky

    Congratulations – very pleased for you and your partner – hope all goes well on the day. s a lurker on your blog I must say that I think this is one of the best atheist resources on the web.

  • http://avertyoureye.blogspot.com/ Teleprompter

    Congratulations! I may not be much more than a lurker, but I’m sure I could do something for you.

  • Thumpalumpacus

    Congrats to you and Miss C!

    I’ll be happy to contribute a post or three. Let me know if that helps.

  • Mike


  • Alex Weaver

    Quibble: Flew is not at peace. He’s dead. He no longer exists, whether in a peaceful state or any other.

    Nonexistence is pretty disturbance-and-trouble-free, all things considered.

  • Gary

    Congratulations, from another lurker and fan!

  • Katie M


  • BJ Marshall

    I’m very happy for both of you – congratulations!!!

  • Ritchie

    To paraphrase Terry Pratchett – summer’s a bad time for a wedding; it’s got the shortest nights of the year!

    Seriously, congratulations and the best of luck.

    I’d be more than happy to chip in. Though I live in England so factor in a 7 hour time difference. Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. Whatever. Feel free to email me.

  • http://pandasthumb.org RBH

    Congratulations! Better late than never. :)

  • Zietlos

    Congratulatory statements indeed! Don’t let the stress of things tucker you out, them big parties are murder to plan, but don’t let the plan murder you, you read?

    Seems kinda weird to include a slew of bad news with that good news, though at least the good news shows a priority in our minds, t’would seem.

    I’ve not been on this site long enough to consider moderating it, but for the most part it seems to be very well taken-care of, either you do a ton of work on the comments behind the scenes (if so, many thanks and awe), or for the most part there are not a lot of problems. Or maybe both, I guess.

    You’ve got bigger fish to fry than the comments section of these stories for now. Enjoy yourself, our culture makes this supposed to be the best days of your life!

  • Bill Dyas

    Congratulations to the groom to be and felicitations to his bride from a long time kiwi lurker.
    ‘Share each other’s bread rather than eating from the same loaf’
    I too regard your blog as a foundation stone of atheist blogging.
    Bill Dyas

  • KShep

    Congrats, Adam.

    Can we assume it will not be a church wedding? :^)

  • MissCherryPi

    Can we assume it will not be a church wedding? :^)

    Only if you consider Unitarian Universalism a church. Which my fiance does not. ;)

  • http://stevebowen58.blogspot.com Steve Bowen

    Congratulations to you both. Have a great day and a great life together!

  • http://www.WorldOfPrime.com Yahzi


  • Alex Weaver

    Two weeks from today is exactly in the center of my final exams, otherwise I’d offer. :(

  • Evil Paul

    Congrats from a long time lurker who’s posted once or twice!

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

    Congratulations to you both!

  • Maynard

    Congrats and many happy years!

  • pksp

    Congratulations to you and your fiance. Wishing that the years you have left together in this life are spent in happiness and love. I would be happy to contribute a blog entry.

  • Eurekus

    You’ll love being married, it’s truly wonderful. Congratulations.
    Incidentally, I’m considering a move to Indonesia where I’ll need to lie about my non belief. Sad huh?

  • http://www.daylightatheism.org Ebonmuse

    Attn: Ritchie – The e-mail address you posted in your most recent comment doesn’t seem to work. Can you contact me with an up-to-date one?

  • Ritchie

    Sorry, my bad. This one should work…

  • http://www.hiddencodes.com/patel.htm knowledge is power

    Raj Patel is being used as a mouthpiece for maitreya. Don’t be fooled by any of these smooth talking liars.