New on Ebon Musings: Red Crimes

A new essay, "Red Crimes", has been posted on Ebon Musings. The essay surveys the crimes committed during the 20th century by totalitarian communist regimes, and critically examines the claim that atheism was in some way responsible for the bloodshed they caused.This is an open thread. Comments and discussion are welcome. … [Read more...]

Year's End, And a Preview

As the final hours of 2006 draw to a close, it's a fitting time to look back on the passing year and sum it all up. Without a doubt, 2006 has been an eventful year for nonbelievers: the downfall of Ted Haggard, the conviction of Kent Hovind, the spectacular defeat of the Republican party in the midterm elections, the rise of the freethought movement with several best-selling books by prominent atheists leading the way, and more.We have made great gains this year, and despite the great violence … [Read more...]

Return of the Carnival of the Liberals

On January 3, the Carnival of the Liberals will be returning to Daylight Atheism for its 29th edition. There's still plenty of time and plenty of space for submissions, so get writing and send in the very best of your unapologetically liberal thought! All topics are welcome, but I'll look with special favor on entries fitting any of the following criteria:With the results of the November midterm elections in, progressives have won a great victory in the United States. Now it's up to us to … [Read more...]

Please Excuse Our Mess

Daylight Atheism was down for about two hours earlier today due to a coding error I made, so my apologies for that. Nothing was lost or damaged, and the site should now be restored to full functionality.The good news is that the reason I've been revising code is to handle the steadily increased traffic this site has been experiencing. Daylight Atheism is now seeing over 2,000 visitors per day on average, and recorded its 300,000th hit earlier this month. Both total and unique hit counts have … [Read more...]

New on Dangerous Intersection: Scorched-Earth Politics

To cap off an eventful day, I'm happy to announce that I've accepted an offer to become a guest author on the blog Dangerous Intersection. DI is one of the relatively few blogs I read daily, and is frequently updated with a diverse crew of contributors and an equally diverse set of viewpoints on politics, science, culture and other topics. I'm glad for the opportunity to be one of them.Daylight Atheism will continue to be updated as before, but from now on, whenever the mood strikes me to … [Read more...]

New on Ebon Musings: The Screwtape Letters

A new essay has been posted on Ebon Musings, a review of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. While Lewis' attacks on atheism are largely misguided straw men, the book does offer a surprising amount of ammunition for atheists to use against fundamentalist Christianity.This is an open thread. Comments and discussion are welcome. … [Read more...]

In Memory of Allan Glenn

February 12, 2005, was the day I first met Allan Glenn. It was near the beginning of my second semester in graduate school, in New York City, and on that day I was playing host to a meetup of people from the Internet Infidels message board who lived in and around the city. Time inevitably blurs memory, but as I recall, it was a clear, bright Saturday afternoon, with the crisp chill of winter not yet past, but a brilliant sun shining that foretold the arrival of spring.Early in the afternoon, … [Read more...]

Some Sad News

I'm sorry to report the death of Philip Paulson. Paulson was an outspoken atheist and humanist and a Vietnam veteran, author of the essay "I Was an Atheist in a Foxhole", which I have long linked to from Ebon Musings. He was also the chief litigant in a multi-year and still ongoing legal fight to remove an intrusive and unconstitutional Christian cross from public land in Mount Soledad, California, a case I mentioned in my March post "Walled Gardens". According to a news release from the Freedom … [Read more...]

Daylight Atheism: The Book?

To my readers,A remarkable thing has happened recently. In the past few weeks, I've received, by my count, no fewer than four independent (as far as I know) e-mails asking me if I intend to seek publication of my writings in a format beyond this website. I have responded to these inquiries individually, but thought it would be best to address this issue in public.Some of my correspondents have pointed out the startling success of several recent pro-atheist books, suggesting that the current … [Read more...]

A Brief Hiatus

I'm going away for Columbus Day weekend and will likely be without Internet access during that time, so I won't be able to respond to comments or e-mails. I'll be back Monday, at which time I should have some great new essays. In the meantime, feel free to peruse the latest post, "An Atheist Dinner Benediction". … [Read more...]