The Reason Rally Is Approaching!

Well, this business with the NAP notwithstanding, the Reason Rally is swiftly approaching, and it still promises to be awesome. On March 24, atheists and freethinkers from all across the country - possibly as many as 30,000, by one estimate - will converge on Washington, D.C. to send the message that we're proud to be atheists, that we come from all walks of life, and that we intend to claim our rightful place in the democratic discourse. As I've mentioned earlier, I will of course be in … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: March 17

There's a heap of news I didn't get to write about in greater depth this week, but all these stories deserve at least a look: • Remember the Anglican church, that blandly, Britishly polite bastion of modern liberal Christianity? So it turns out that they're officially against same-sex marriage. In a hilarious piece whining that they should get to vote on the rights of other human beings, Anglican homophobes also argue there should be no such thing as civil marriage in the U.K., that … [Read more...]

A Blunder by the National Atheist Party

I'm getting excited for the Reason Rally next weekend in Washington, D.C., which promises to be the largest and most spectacular atheist gathering in recent history - possibly the largest ever. Given the numbers of people likely to show up and the corresponding amount of media coverage it could receive, it's to be expected that the rally would be targeted by Christians trying to exploit our efforts for their own publicity. We've already heard about proselytizers who intend to come and preach at … [Read more...]

An Interview with Mary Johnson, Author of “An Unquenchable Thirst”

Last month, I posted my review of "An Unquenchable Thirst", Mary Johnson's luminous and enlightening memoir about the twenty years she spent as one of Mother Teresa's nuns. After writing that review, I reached out to her to ask if she'd be interested in an interview. To my delight, she was! Please welcome Mary Johnson to Daylight Atheism as she discusses her book and her extraordinary life story, and if you have questions, feel free to ask them in the comments. —Adam Tell us a little … [Read more...]

The Nude Photo Revolutionaries Calendar

In November, I wrote about Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, the Egyptian student and atheist who posted nude photos of herself as a protest against Islamist suppression of women's bodies and voices. Her explanation of what she was seeking to achieve is so perfect, I have to quote it again: "Put on trial the artists' models who posed nude for art schools until the early 70s, hide the art books and destroy the nude statues of antiquity, then undress and stand before a mirror and burn your bodies that you … [Read more...]

Things I’m Thankful For

As long-time readers know, except on rare occasions, I don't write about my personal life on this blog. This isn't because I'm trying to be mysterious; I just don't think it's especially interesting! But, occasionally, my life reaches a milestone significant enough that I have to be egotistical and write about it. I think this is one of those times, because next week is my 30th birthday. (My wife enjoyed reminding me of this just a little too much. She'd best laugh while she can; it'll be her … [Read more...]

In Defense of Sex

The birth-control battle that's dominated headlines for the past few weeks seems to be winding down, as religious conservatives belatedly realize it's not a winning issue for them. But given how the American religious right continues to contract into a hard, embittered core, I doubt it's the last time this will come up. I had some thoughts on how this battle played out in the media, and how we should prepare for the next one. In the thick of the fight, many people pointed out, rightly, that … [Read more...]

Perfecting Man’s Moral Shortcomings

In the Book of Exodus, there's a bizarrely out-of-place story that I've always found hilarious. This is immediately after God has told Moses that he's going to be God's messenger to Pharaoh, listing all the signs and wonders Moses will be able to do to convince the Egyptians of his authority, and sent him on his way: "At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. But Zipporah [Moses' wife] took a flint knife, cut off her son's foreskin and touched Moses' feet … [Read more...]

Book Review: Unorthodox

(Note: This review was solicited and is written in accordance with my policy for such reviews.) Summary: A memoir of escape from the overbearing, oppressive life of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, but the appalling details are somewhat clouded by doubts raised about the narrative's veracity. Like many other books that I've reviewed, Deborah Feldman's Unorthodox is an autobiography that tells the story of escape from a suffocating religious community. In her case, it's a story of escape from Satmar … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Introduce Yourself!

You may have noticed that, according to the counter on the sidebar, I just passed 100 posts on Big Think this week. This is a milestone, but I hope it's the first of many to come. I think things have settled down considerably since I first moved here last October. The mix of commenters here is different than on my old site (though there are plenty of old-timers who are still around - you know who you are!), but a new community is definitely taking root. I'm interested in learning some more … [Read more...]


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