Myths and Truths About Atheism+

Last week, Jen McCreight announced that she was fed up with sexism in the atheist movement and called for a new wave of atheist activism, one explicitly concerned with social justice, which quickly acquired the name "atheism+". These posts landed like a cannon shell, generating a huge wave of excitement and feedback - the vast majority of which, to my surprise, was positive and enthusiastic. Clearly, they've tapped into a powerful vein of pro-equality sentiment in the atheist movement, … [Read more...]

What It Means to Hate

Last week, after the shooting in their lobby that wounded a security guard, the right-wing Family Research Council immediately blamed their listing by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group - as if that label, rather than the actions they took to earn it, was the only possible reason a disturbed and unstable person might be tipped over the edge into doing such a thing. In spite of their support for criminalizing homosexuality and other discriminatory laws, the FRC says, they don't hate … [Read more...]

Why I Am An Atheist Activist

If you're not already, you should be reading Surly Amy's ongoing post series asking men who are leaders in the atheist movement to speak out against the sexist hate and hostility that we've lately been spending so much time battling. It's a brilliant idea, and she's already garnered statements from an impressive array of men who hold positions of power or responsibility in secular organizations, but her latest contribution, from Paul Fidalgo of the Center for Inquiry, is possibly my … [Read more...]

The Godless Constitution and the Ratification Battle

Over the weekend, JT linked to this post on Patheos by Ben Witherington, an evangelical Bible scholar, opining about the legal basis for separation of church and state in America.But what about those founding documents— the Declaration, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights. Didn't they set up a secular society for America? Didn't they set up 'a separation of church and state'? Look hard— can you find any clause that uses that phrase in our founding documents? Basically this … [Read more...]

The Calgary Secular Church

Editor's Note: Please welcome Korey Peters, who's written a guest post about an atheist organization he's founded that he's calling the Calgary Secular Church. In this post, he'll explain what motivated him to do it and what he's hoping to achieve. My name is Korey Peters, and I'm one of the founding members of the Calgary Secular Church (CSC). In this article, I'd like to do three things: 1. Describe why I think a secular church is important. 2. Describe what the CSC is about. 3. Present my … [Read more...]

Pro-Family Christians Support Child Kidnapping, Redux

In 2011, I wrote "Pro-Family Christians Support Child Kidnapping", one of the more despicable stories of how the religious right despises and mistreats GLBT people (and that's really saying something). There have been more developments in that case, so here's an update. The story up till now: Lisa Miller, a Vermont woman in a same-sex partnership, converted to Christianity and claimed to have become heterosexual. When a court ordered her to share custody rights with her former partner for their … [Read more...]

Daylight Atheism, The Book Now Available in Paperback!

For those of you who don't have an e-reader (a category which, I have to admit, includes myself), or who just prefer something more tangible, here's some hopefully welcome news: Daylight Atheism, The Book is now available in paperback through Amazon CreateSpace! Here's the link. If you're interested in an autographed copy, leave a comment and let me know. It'll have to be a little more costly than the current $12 list price, since I'll have to pay for the shipping myself; but I'll keep the … [Read more...]

The Coming Atheist Demographic Tide

The WIN-Gallup International network of polling firms has released a new poll titled Global Index of Religion and Atheism 2012, and there's a lot of good news in it for us. Some of these results are so encouraging, I hesitate to believe them without additional confirmation - but if they bear out, they show that atheism is rising all around the world like the tide coming in! The highlight of the survey was Ireland. One of the questions was, "Irrespective of whether you attend a place of worship … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: August 12

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There's a lot of news this week: • Two examples of humanism in action: Charles Feeney, a billionaire philanthropist, plans to give away all his remaining money within a few years, and a new nonprofit helps to crowdfund DNA sequencing for children with rare genetic diseases. • Since we still have a lot of work left to do on this problem, here are two very good articles on sexual harassment: An Incomplete Guide to Not Creeping by John Scalzi, and a post on what "creepiness" means from … [Read more...]

Reminder: Daylight Atheism United Kingdom Meetup

Just as a reminder: The last week of this month, I'm taking a trip to London and Edinburgh. If you live around there and are interested in meeting me, come on out! I'm arriving in London on the morning of Saturday, August 25, and we're tentatively planning a meetup that night. On Wednesday, August 29, I'm taking a train to Edinburgh, where I'll be until Saturday, September 1. The date for the Edinburgh meetup isn't fixed yet, but it will probably be either that Friday or Saturday. If you're … [Read more...]


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