Poetry Sunday: Paul Laurence Dunbar

I'm especially pleased to be able to showcase this new poet in this week's edition of Poetry Sunday. In the past, I've highlighted the lives and the accomplishments of famous African-American freethinkers like W.E.B. DuBois and Zora Neale Hurston, showing that religious skepticism and freethought have always played a lively role in the American black community. Today's post offers another example of that.Paul Laurence Dunbar was born in Ohio in June 1872 to two ex-slaves from Kentucky. His … [Read more...]

Introducing a New Guest Author

Today I'm proud to introduce Daylight Atheism's newest guest author, Sikivu Hutchinson. You may know her from when she made a splash earlier this year with an article in the L.A. Watts Times about black atheists coming out of the closet, and I'm happy to offer my site as another platform for her to continue her freethought advocacy. She's also the editor of blackfemlens.org and a commentator for KPFK 90.7 FM radio in Los Angeles. The following post is reprinted with her permission. … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: America’s Best Idea

I don't post pictures on this blog often enough (and since I recently bought a new camera, I might as well get some use out of it!), so with this post I'm kicking off a new semi-regular feature. If you've got interesting, unusual or just beautiful pictures that you own and would like to see here, I'll consider posting submissions as well, so send them to me!I was in California this past Labor Day weekend and had a chance to do some hiking and sightseeing in Yosemite. If anyone watched Ken … [Read more...]

Find Me on Atheist Nexus

I'm not generally a big user of social networking sites, but I did decide to join Atheist Nexus yesterday. If you're there too, you can find me there and add me as a friend. … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Submit Your Deconversion Story

I've posted a link to a new deconversion story on Ebon Musings: "Deconversion as Withdrawal: Just what is this God-smack stuff, anyway?", written by the vivacious and loquacious blogger D of She Who Chatters (whom you may recognize from her comments here on Daylight Atheism).Having posted this, it occurs to me that I haven't been doing much to solicit deconversion stories for Ebon Musings lately. That's why I'm inviting you, dear reader, to send yours in. Are you an atheist who's broken free … [Read more...]

Poetry Sunday: Hornworm: Autumn Lamentation

This week's Poetry Sunday features a new author, the American poet Stanley Kunitz. In his long lifetime, he was one of America's most renowned poets, winning, among other awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Medal of Arts, the Robert Frost Medal, and Harvard's Centennial Medal. He served a term as Poet Laureate of the United States, and was still writing and publishing at the age of 100, just prior to his death in 2006.Stanley Kunitz was born in 1905 in Massachusetts. His … [Read more...]

Thanks to Los Angeles Readers

I wanted to write a quick post to thank all the Daylight Atheism readers who were able to attend yesterday's meetup in Pasadena. We got a great crowd together, and it was a thrilling experience to meet you all and to finally be able to match names with faces, and I'm greatly appreciative for the warmth, good company, and great conversation. (Plus, assembling at the restaurant and splitting the check turned out to be ridiculously easy. Who ever said that organizing atheists was like herding … [Read more...]

Christian Troll Masquerades as Racist Atheist

Over the past two weeks, an individual calling himself Steve Leone has attempted to leave about half a dozen variations of the following comment on my thread about the "miracle" of Fatima:"Oh yeah? Well, how did three illiterate Portuguese peasant children know that some strange atmospheric phenomenon was going to appear in the sky over Fatima at the exact date and time they predicted? Answer that, you smarty-pants atheists!"Here's an entirely typical example from my moderation … [Read more...]

Daylight Atheism Los Angeles Meetup

For all DA readers in the Los Angeles area (if any):Three weeks from now, on the weekend of September 5, I'm going to be in California to attend a friend's wedding. The weekend is booked solid, but my flight back to New York leaves from Los Angeles on Tuesday the 8th, and I'll have that Monday free.So, do I have any readers in or near L.A. who'll be around on Labor Day and are interested in meeting up? It would probably be later in the day, around dinnertime. If you'll be available and are … [Read more...]

Poetry Sunday: An Arundel Tomb

Today's edition of Poetry Sunday features a return of the English poet and novelist Philip Larkin. Born in Coventry in 1922, Larkin received a degree in literature from Oxford in 1943. Though he worked for most of his life as a librarian at the University of Hull, he was well-known and widely acclaimed for his poetry and his work as a literary reviewer and jazz critic. He received numerous awards for his writing in his lifetime, including the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, the German Shakespeare … [Read more...]


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