No Place for Racism in the Atheist Community

I wish I didn't have to write posts like this, but they're still sadly necessary.Recently, my Patheos colleague Martin Hughes at Barrier Breaker had an interaction with an unpleasant fellow who calls himself "The Amazing Atheist". TAA is the archetype of the smugly arrogant white-guy atheist who thinks that because he's seen through this whole religion thing, he doesn't ever need to learn anything else.His perspective reflects all the toxic ignorance and casual cruelty you'd expect from … [Read more...]

The 2016 Reason Rally

This weekend was the second Reason Rally in Washington, D.C., sequel to the original 2012 event. I was in attendance for most of the day, so here's my report.In 2012, it was cold and foggy with drizzling rain all day. This year, it was swelteringly hot and muggy on the National Mall, and a threatened thunderstorm never arrived. If you had enough water and a spot in the shade, it was bearable, although I'll bet a lot of attendees came away nursing sunburns. The crowding and heat under the … [Read more...]

A More Diverse Humanism Is a Stronger Humanism

If you, like me, are tired of that obnoxious slogan "I'm not a feminist, I'm a humanist", there's good news: now you don't have to choose!To strengthen the humanist presence in social justice movements, today the American Humanist Association launched the Black Humanist Alliance, an adjunct organization that will promote racial justice and solidarity between the Black and humanist communities. In conjunction with the launch, the American Humanist Association is also relaunching its women's … [Read more...]

Who Died and Made You King of Atheism?

This video sums up everything that's wrong with the way the atheist movement presents itself:Bill Maher spilled the beans about a concept for a movie called The Kings of Atheism that Maher says he is creating with Michael Moore.... The Kings of Atheism movie will feature Maher and other famous atheists on a tour throughout the Bible belt.Bill Maher and Michael Moore, on Maher's show, announced their plan to collaborate on a comedy tour-slash-documentary that involves them and some … [Read more...]

There Won’t Be Any New Earth

One of the Bible's repeated assertions is that, after the apocalypse and the destruction of the world, God will create a new, perfect earth where believers will live in harmony forever:"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away... And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat … [Read more...]

New on the Guardian: How Atheists Die

Atheists are transforming Western society's attitudes toward death and dying. Our growing numbers and increasing cultural influence are making religious rituals and beliefs about death less and less relevant. What's coming up to replace it? That's the topic of my latest column on the Guardian, Are we ready to face death without religion? To find out more, read the excerpt below, then click through to the full piece:For centuries, the Christian church wrote the script for how westerners deal … [Read more...]

Building the Ramparts

I dream of the day when this blog is obsolete.It's not that I'm tired of writing for Daylight Atheism. I've been doing it for ten years, and I could easily carry on for another ten. But I wish there was no longer a need for it. Writing about atheism, in a way, is boring: you can only do it for so long before you notice that all the wildly diverse supernatural beliefs that humans profess reduce to the same handful of fallacies and fears, just dressed up in different masks. I'd be happy if the … [Read more...]

New on AlterNet: Mistakes of the Atheist Movement

My latest column is up on AlterNet, 4 Things the Atheist Movement Has Done Badly (and How to Do Them Better). As you might guess, it's about some of the chronic blind spots of the atheist movement, together with my thoughts on how we can improve. Read the excerpt below, then click through to see the rest:Born in the shadow of September 11, the New Atheist movement took up the mission of pushing back against religious dogma and warning the world about the danger of unchecked fundamentalism. … [Read more...]

The One-Percent Difference

I posted the other day on Facebook about Richard Dawkins being disinvited from NECSS for promoting a grossly sexist video, which provoked an onlooker to comment that he agreed with Dawkins and not with me. (It was a white man, if you wanted to know.)Since I curate my Facebook wall and don't care to share details of my personal life with people who hold such retrograde opinions, I unfriended him, which he apparently took as a grave insult. He sent me an angry, huffy message, then stopped by … [Read more...]

Dawkins Denied: Secular Sexism Finally Has Consequences

As I've said before, I don't make it my mission to chronicle every obnoxious thing that Richard Dawkins says. But this week he hit a low point, even for him, with something so outrageous I couldn't let it go by. More importantly, the response gave me a new and unfamiliar feeling: a glimmer of hope that the wider atheist community is coming around to enlightenment.It started when Dawkins approvingly tweeted a revolting video created by "Sargon of Akkad", a notorious internet misogynist, that … [Read more...]


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