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...]

Open Thread: Election Speculation

Tomorrow is Election Day for all us Americans. And while I normally try to base my arguments on solid evidence, far be it from me to deny everyone the chance to speculate wildly about the future every few years. So, let's have it: What do you think is going to happen tomorrow? I'll start off: Given his small but stable lead in almost all the crucial swing states, I'm confident that Obama will be reelected, although the race will probably be closer than it was in 2008. I also think the Democrats … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: November 3

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• The big news, of course, is that the U.S. presidential election is on Tuesday. Take heart, progressives: although the media and the Republicans are straining mightily to pretend that the race is a dead heat, the state-by-state polls make Obama a clear favorite for reelection. • Skepticon 5, the amazing free conference for atheists and skeptics of all stripes, is coming up next weekend - but they haven't raised enough money to cover all their costs yet, and they need your help to … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: October 21

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Some links from the last week: • As you may have heard, my good friend and awesome secular activist Greta Christina was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. It's fully treatable, but she needed some help to cover her living expenses while she recovers, and the atheist community came through in spades, meeting and exceeding what she had hoped to raise in barely 24 hours. • Dinesh D'Souza, the well-known Christian apologist, showed up at a conference last week with a much younger woman … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Weekend Delurk & Self-Promotion

I'm putting up a post tomorrow about writing and the creative process, but on this crisp fall morning, I've been thinking more about the social aspect of the profession. Although this blog gets thousands of visitors, only a tiny fraction of them ever comment. I understand why that is, and I accept it; I certainly don't comment on every blog I read, either. Nevertheless, when I do meet readers, as I've had several opportunities to do, I've always found that they're very cool people whose company … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: October 7

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Some links gathered over the week for you to peruse: • Ed Miliband, the leader of the UK's opposition Labour party, is a nonbeliever. He says he doesn't hold religious faith, but rather a faith in human progress. This column by Fraser Nelson admits that this may be a smart move in increasingly secular Britain, which is no longer a Christian country "but... still a country of compassion and principles". • A UK judge rules that parents have "no sacred right" over the education of their … [Read more...]

New on Salon: Atheism’s Growing Pains

My latest article for Salon has just been published, "Atheism's growing pains". It's a brief survey and distillation of the Atheism Plus movement: what it is, why it was needed, and what we hope to accomplish with it. I'm very glad to be able to bring these arguments to a new audience! Read the teaser below, then click through to see the rest:As the atheist movement gains numbers and prominence, it’s inevitably been forced to confront questions about what it ultimately seeks to … [Read more...]

Video! My Speech at the 2012 Secular Student Alliance Convention

This past July, I had the privilege of being one of the keynote speakers at the Secular Student Alliance's annual convention in Columbus, Ohio. I've been promising video, but until now, I've only had this teaser photo. Well, I'm happy to say your waiting is over, because the SSA has just posted the full talk on their YouTube channel. Here it is:(Most of my slides are visible in the video, but I can also provide the full set on request.) Thanks to the SSA for inviting me! It was an honor to … [Read more...]

Hear Me on Freethought Radio!

Over the weekend, I was interviewed by Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor from the Freedom from Religion Foundation for their Freethought Radio show. That episode is now available for download and podcast, so if you'd like to hear me talk, give it a listen! In the interview, we talk about my new book, Daylight Atheism, and several of the arguments advanced in it: including the basis of atheist morality, religion as a fossil fuel, the bad moral teachings of the Bible, and why atheism makes life … [Read more...]

See You At Skepticon!

Just a brief announcement: The weekend of November 9, I'll be in Springfield, Missouri for Skepticon 5. Since I had such a blast at Skepticon 4 last year, there's no way I couldn't go back. And though I don't want to reveal any spoilers, there's a distinct possibility that I'm not just going to be in the audience this year. Further updates on that, possibly, as the time draws nearer. If last year was any guide, there will be ample opportunity over the weekend for carousing and meetups. If … [Read more...]


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