From the Mailbag: “I Don’t Argue With People”

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Last year, when I wrote about the death of Savita Halappanavar from anti-choice theology, I pointed out that several Catholic bloggers seemed to think Catholic doctrine should have permitted her to be saved - contrary to every real-world example I'm aware of. In every case I've ever read about where a woman's pregnancy was gravely jeopardizing her life and the Catholic church had the power to create law or policy, they decreed that the morally "correct" position was to let both die rather than t … [Read more...]

Open Thread: New Year’s Resolutions, 2013

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Happy New Year, everyone! How's your 2013 so far? I think this is going to be a good year for skeptics, since it gives us a perfect opportunity to educate people about the irrationality of triskadekaphobia.Since this is the time to take stock, I'll report back on my resolutions from last year. First of all, I resolved that I would get my book published, and I'm happy to say I kept that one this time. My first resolution of 2013: start writing the next one! (It's going to be a novel, as I … [Read more...]

Threads of 2012

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To know where you're heading, it helps to know where you've come from. And with the last grains of sand slipping through the hourglass, now is the perfect time to look back over the year that was and survey the major themes which wove throughout my writing during the past twelve months. So, without further ado, here are the threads of 2012:The Emergence of Atheism PlusAs I expected, the battle against sexism and other prejudice in the atheist community and beyond continued to smolder … [Read more...]

New on AlterNet: Courting the Votes of the Non-Religious

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My latest column is now up on AlterNet, There Are Now As Many Nonreligious Americans As Evangelicals -- 6 Ways Politicians Can Court Their Vote. In it, I discuss the evidence which shows that nonreligious Americans are becoming a pivotal voting bloc - including evidence that they played a decisive role in President Obama's reelection - and pen some advice to politicians who want to reach out to us. Read the excerpt below, then click through to see the rest: In this cycle, the specter of a … [Read more...]

Weekend Presents: December 23

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It's two more days before you can open the gifts under the tree, but I have some early presents:• Now hear this: I'm on the New Books in Secularism podcast, discussing my book Daylight Atheism.• Big news out of the Philippines: The legislature has finally passed a national Reproductive Health Bill, defying fierce objections by the Roman Catholic church. The bill, which had been stalled for years by church pressure, would create government-run health clinics to dispense contraception in th … [Read more...]

Video: My Dating and Relationships Panel at Skepticon V

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     As I mentioned earlier, I took part in a discussion panel at Skepticon V last month, How Should Rationalists Approach Relationships and Marriage?The video of that panel is now available online, so if you'd like to see it, enjoy:Thanks to Jesse Galef for inviting me to participate, and thanks as well to my fellow panelists Chana Messinger, Matt Dillahunty, and Julia Galef. We'll have to do this again sometime... like maybe next year! … [Read more...]

New Books and Books to Give Away

Hemant Mehta has just published a new book, The Young Atheist's Survival Guide. It's about the growing and increasingly important demographic of atheist high schoolers - their trials and travails, the opposition and sometimes shocking persecution they've faced in their schools and their communities, and the hope they offer for the future of the secular movement. Here's Hemant on what he set out to accomplish by writing it:There are more atheists under the age of 30 than ever before. While a … [Read more...]

Skype It to Me

So, I've decided to sign up for Skype after getting several invitations to use it for speaking gigs. (Apparently, sometime when I wasn't paying attention, this became a thing that everyone has.) I don't really know anything about how this works, but my profile name is daylightatheism. If you'd like to add me as a friend or whatever, feel free to do that. I suppose, now that I have the webcam and the microphone, that I could use it for Google+ Hangouts as well. Anyone interested in something … [Read more...]

Skepticon V Impressions

This past weekend, I was in Springfield, Missouri for Skepticon V ("the fifth most annual Skepticon yet"). I had such a fantastic time at Skepticon IV in 2011, it was a foregone conclusion that I'd go back this year, and I wasn't disappointed. Skepticon is one of the largest atheist conventions in the country (1500+ people this time around), while managing the remarkable feat of being completely free, and still draws a top-notch speaker slate. And yes, I was on stage this year! I was privileged … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Four More Years!

The 2012 election is officially over, and it was glorious. Barack Obama and the Democrats have delivered what one of our elder statesmen once referred to as "a thumping" to Romney and the Republicans. Here are some of my thoughts: • The sweeping electoral college victory. I'm glad to admit that President Obama surpassed my most optimistic expectations. I was confident he would win reelection - he could have done it just by winning Ohio, Wisconsin and Nevada, three swing states where the … [Read more...]


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