Reminder: Secular Cults Panel at FtBCon Tonight!

Quick reminder: Tonight, January 24, I'll be speaking on a panel as part of the free online conference FtBCon 3. The topic of the hour is "Secular Cults", and together with my co-panelists Russell Glasser, Karen Stollznow, Vyckie Garrison and Angie Jackson, we'll talk about multi-level marketing, homeschooling, self-help - and, of course, Ayn Rand and Objectivism.The panel will be streamed live over Google Hangouts and will be archived on YouTube afterwards. Here's the panel description page … [Read more...]

Upcoming Travel and Speaking Schedule

It's a new year, and I've got some events lined up. Here's my schedule for the next few months:• First and foremost: this coming weekend, January 23-25, is FtBCon 3, a free online conference organized by the good folks of Freethought Blogs. On Saturday the 24th at 6:30 PM Eastern time, I'll be participating in a panel on secular cults, where I'll be discussing (who else?) Ayn Rand. You can view the full schedule of talks here.• Soon thereafter, I'll be in Mobile, Alabama, … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: January 18

• From Valerie Tarico, how religion can let loose humanity's most violent impulses. A thoughtful essay that almost perfectly captures my views on the link between religion and violence.• "Tim is patient, Tim is kind. Tim does not envy, Tim does not boast, Tim is not proud. Tim is not rude, Tim is not self-seeking, Tim is not easily angered, Tim keeps no record of wrongs. Tim does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth."• Alex Malarkey, a boy who wrote a … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: January 10

• A can't-miss account of Charlie Hebdo's first editorial meeting since last week's horrific attack.• One-man outrage band Bill Donohue didn't kill anyone at Charlie Hebdo, but he's understanding and sympathetic towards the Muslims who did. They made fun of the Pope, after all!• "The right to blaspheme religion is one of the most elemental exercises of political liberalism."• The "radical feminism which has assaulted the Church and society since the 1960s has left … [Read more...]

Threads of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, it's time for the annual wrapup. Here are the major threads that I kept returning to on Daylight Atheism over the past year:The New Civil RightsIn January, I reviewed Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow, the most important book in American politics of the last decade, about the prison-industrial complex and how it preserves de facto racial segregation.But that was soon eclipsed. Over the summer, the country was riveted by the fatal shooting of Michael … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Portugal The Man

Like Quiet Company, this is another of the bands I first heard about from Chris Stedman's atheist & agnostic music list. This uptempo, anthemic prog-rock song, from their 2013 album Evil Friends, was his #1 pick, and I find it hard to argue (although I have no idea what the video means): … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: December 7

• Creationists lose a lawsuit seeking to keep evolution out of public schools on the spurious grounds that it's "religious". It's worth noting that they've given up on demanding equal time for their own beliefs and are now just seeking to destroy science education.• This painfully appropriate headline says it all: Actual War on Black People Distracting from Fictional War on Christmas". And along the same lines, don't miss the magnificently righteous anger of my Patheos colleague … [Read more...]

Weekday Coffee: Skepticon Edition

I've spent this past weekend at Skepticon 7, and I'm still recovering (especially from the Skeptiprom dance party on Saturday night). In the meantime, here are some links I picked up from the weekend's talks:• My favorite talk of the convention was by Ben Blanchard, who spent a year working abroad with the Foundation Beyond Belief's Humanist Service Corps. He dug wells in Cambodia and Ecuador, helped build latrines in Haiti, taught science to children at the Kasese Humanist Primary … [Read more...]

Open Thread: An Unwelcome Change [Updated]

As you may have noticed, post pagination is back, and I'm not happy about it. This isn't of my choosing; it was imposed on Patheos atheist bloggers without our consent and with very little advance notice.This is a cheap and artificial way to inflate page view counts, and it does so at the cost of actively antagonizing people who want to read a longer essay all the way through. It makes information harder to search for and makes the site almost impossible to read on slow or data-limited … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

I think it's about time for another of these. This is an open thread for the purposes of self-promotion.Do you have a blog, a Twitter or a Tumblr account you'd like to publicize, a Kickstarter project you'd like to promote, a side business that does cool things for reason or science? Post in the comments and tell us about it!This month, I'm especially interested in hearing about good works: a charity that deserves support, a personal fundraiser for someone who needs some help, an … [Read more...]


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