Upcoming NY Debate and Free Short Stories!

ThinkPart2Flier

Last December, I debated Andrew Murtagh at the Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I'm pleased to announce that next month we're holding a part 2, this time on Long Island, New York. If you're in the area, come out and see us! The sparks will fly (in a friendly way, of course) as we go head-to-head about the existence of God, the proper role for government in our lives, and all that other fun stuff. (Also, Andrew now has his own blog on Patheos. Check that out too.)Here are the … [Read more...]

Last Chance to Donate to Bowl-a-Thon!

Just a reminder - this coming weekend is the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon, a nationwide fundraiser with the goal of helping to pay for abortions for women who want them but can't afford them. I'm on a fundraising team this year, and it's not too late to chip in. If you want to support me in this cause and haven't donated yet, now's your last chance!Here's my personal page and my team page (you can donate to either one; the only thing it affects is who gets bragging rights for raising … [Read more...]

Bowling for Abortion Access

EmpoweringWomen

The past few years have been bad ones for reproductive choice, as the religious right continues in its obsessive focus to throw up ever-more insulting, condescending, and ridiculous obstacles between a woman and her right to exercise autonomy over her body. Just this month, in Iowa, state legislators proposed a bill that would allow women to sue their doctors for up to ten years after getting an abortion, regardless of what consent forms they signed, if they experience "regret" - an obvious … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

Peacock

I haven't done one of these in a while and I want to make this a regular feature on Daylight Atheism, so here goes. This is an open thread for the purposes of self-promotion.Do you have a blog, a Twitter account or a Tumblr you'd like to publicize, a Kickstarter project you'd like to promote, or a worthy cause you'd like to encourage others to support? Post in the comments and tell us all about it!Image credit: Shutterstock … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: January 25

Coffee

• Is conservative Christianity itself bad for marriage? The research says yes. Michelle Goldberg lays out the facts:Ironically, the very practices meant to shore up marital security in conservative communities end up sabotaging it. By promoting abstinence until marriage, these communities encourage people to marry young. Poor sex education and limited access to contraception for teenagers lead to unintended pregnancies and shotgun weddings. Gender-role traditionalism leads to … [Read more...]

Interview on the Nick Givas Radio Show

OnAirSign

Tomorrow night, January 23rd, I'll be appearing on the Nick Givas Radio Show out of Fairfield University, together with my friend/debate partner Andrew Murtagh, to debate God's existence, politics and all that other fun stuff.This is a followup to our debate at the Midtown Scholar last month, so if you wanted to come to that and couldn't, here's your second chance. The host, Nick Givas, is the chairman of the Connecticut Union of College Republicans (and has been described as "conservative … [Read more...]

My Interview on Atheists Talk

OnAirSign

Earlier today I was interviewed on Atheists Talk, the radio show of Minnesota Atheists, and you can download the podcast. Brianne Bilyeu and I talked about my book, about secular morality, atheism versus humanism, and how the atheist movement is doing at political organization and at creating a safe and welcoming community for everyone.Here's the download link. Check it out!Image credit: Shutterstock … [Read more...]

Threads of 2013

Mixed Media Painting (Detail) by Choichun Leung / Dumbo Arts Cen

The sand is draining from the last hours of 2013, so here's a look back at the passing year. Of course, it started off with Daylight Atheism moving to a new home on Patheos, but there were lots of other major developments as well:Feminism and the Atheist MovementIn January, I launched a petition calling for more emphasis on feminism and diversity in the secular community, which garnered over 2,000 signatures and was delivered to the leaders of many atheist and secular organizations. … [Read more...]

From the Mailbag: Deconverting from Hinduism

Krishna

Living in a culture where Christianity is the dominant religion, I don't often come into contact with former Hindus or ex-members of other Eastern faiths. But there are atheists in every culture and society in the world, and they all go through the same intellectual and emotional struggles. I got a reminder of that in an e-mail the other day from an ex-Hindu atheist named Vikram who was seeking some advice on handling his own deconversion:Dear Mr. Lee,I have greatly enjoyed your book … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: December 28

Coffee

While you rest and recover from all the holiday feasting, some links:• The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that buried the Roman city of Pompeii also buried another town, Herculaneum. One of the buildings that's been unearthed was a rich Roman's villa - including the library. The thousands of scrolls it contained were thought to be charred beyond recognition, but high-resolution CAT scans and multispectral imaging are finally making it possible to read the lost scrolls from the Villa of the … [Read more...]


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