Photo Sunday: Sign of Spring

"Winter never dies. Not as people die. It hangs on in late frost and the smell of autumn in a summer evening, and in the heat it flees to the mountains.Summer never dies. It sinks into the ground; in the depths, winter buds form in sheltered places and white shoots creep under dead leaves."—Terry Pratchett, WintersmithPhoto by the author, Long Island, March 2016. Camera: Samsung Galaxy S6. … [Read more...]

Support Bowl-a-Thon 2016

As long as reproductive choice is under threat in the United States, there'll be a need for the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon.This year, the stakes are especially high, as Catholic hospitals continue to deny critical care to pregnant and miscarrying women, and the Supreme Court will soon hear a case over a dreadful, bad-faith law that effectively end abortion access for most of Texas - and even with the absence of Antonin Scalia, there's no guarantee of how they'll rule.We can't … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: February 20

• Last month, I wrote about Richard Dawkins being disinvited from NECSS for sexist comments. I'm disappointed but, in a sign of my cynicism, not overly surprised that NECSS has caved in and reinvited him. Needless to say, I won't be attending. Ophelia has more, and a follow-up.• In happier news, scientists at the LIGO detector confirm the existence of gravitational waves, a Nobel-worthy discovery if there ever was one. LIGO picked up the signal of two black holes colliding and … [Read more...]

Daylight Atheism Is 10 Years Old

I've gotten lazy about these anniversaries over the years, but this one is too big to ignore. My first-ever post was February 10, 2006, which means this humble little blog is ten years old today!In the time I've been writing, the atheist movement has made amazingly rapid progress. The non-religious have grown by leaps and bounds in the U.S., and while congressional representation is a lagging indicator, we've gained political pull as well - including the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, the … [Read more...]

Reviving Daylight Atheism on Facebook

Quick note for today: I've decided to revive the Daylight Atheism site page on Facebook and give it another try.I tried it out a few years ago, but I found the moderation controls were badly designed and it was too hard to keep out spam and other nonsense. I'm going to see if they've improved any of that, as I'm told it's a better channel for promotion than just using your personal page. If you'd like to follow my writing on Facebook, feel free to give the page a like. There's always my … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Every Open Eye

I last wrote about Chvrches, the Scottish synthpop band with the name I can never type, two years ago. They've since released their sophomore album, Every Open Eye, which is excellent - bigger, more expansive, more optimistic than their debut. Here's one of my favorites:Another standout is "Empty Threat", a defiant anthem that's hard not to read as the band's response to the kind of bottom-feeder harassment that lead singer Lauren Mayberry has often spoken about. … [Read more...]

Threads of 2015

As the last hours of 2015 pass, it's time to revisit the themes and ideas that I kept returning to over the year. These are the most significant:A Violent YearParis suffered not one, but two atrocities. In January, there was a bloody terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, committed by fanatics who slaughtered artists for the imaginary crime of blasphemy. I mused about whether terrorism is courageous and reacted with disbelief when Pope Francis condoned the violence. Then, in November, there … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: December 13

• An editorial on Charisma News accuses atheists of "the height of intolerance" for, basically, existing during the Christmas season.• Mormon Feminists on the Brink: The LDS church has a long record of fierce and diehard opposition to feminism. Their resistance to LGBT rights is well in line with the church's reactionary history.• Hampton Beach, Virginia is an epicenter of the American religious right, the home of Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network and Regent … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: The War on Drugs

When I want to get in the mood for writing, I listen to music that helps energize me. But when I'm feeling the need to relax, I prefer to space out with something mellow, and The War on Drugs fits the bill. Here's one of my favorites from their 2014 breakthrough album Lost in the Dream: … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Peace, Light, Strength

I wanted to write about something else this weekend. Instead, I spent my Friday night sitting by the TV, watching the news from Paris, mesmerized and grief-stricken by yet another proof of human beings' capacity for inhumanity. And while it didn't get as much world notice or media coverage, there was also a deadly string of bombings in Lebanon this week.Even in the midst of awful crisis, there were heroes, as there always are: the Paris security guard who caught one of the suicide bombers … [Read more...]


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