Advice to a Christian

Via Feministe, I've come across a post called A request for advice, on a blog titled Contraception and Christianity. The author, Contraskeptic, is an evangelical Christian wrestling with the issue of whether it is a sin to use birth control. As Contraskeptic explains, his wife has been through three difficult, stressful pregnancies, all three of which were C-sections. The third pregnancy was unplanned, and occurred despite their efforts to avoid it by restricting sexual intercourse to the one … [Read more...]

The Blasphemy Challenge

Inspired by a post on Debunking Christianity, I'd like to chime in on the "Blasphemy Challenge" conceived of by an atheist group called the Rational Response Squad. This challenge encourages people to film themselves denying the existence of the Holy Spirit, the one unforgivable sin according to certain interpretations of the Bible, and post it to the internet. The intent is to gain coverage for the atheist movement through tactics that cause shock and stir up controversy, one of the few … [Read more...]

Free Speech Under Siege at the United Nations

The United Nations, which was founded after World War II with the noble goal of preventing further violence and conflict between nation-states, is losing its way. The U.N. has historically been a great supporter of human rights, including the most important of them all, the right of free speech. Consider Articles 18 and 19 of the Fundamental Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by unanimous resolution of the General Assembly in 1948: Article 18. Everyone has the right to freedom of … [Read more...]

Falwell's Feeble Prognostications

A recent article by Reuters presents an interview with Jerry Falwell, the aging but still influential figure of the theocratic religious right, and his views on the 2008 American presidential election and other issues of concern. I found some of Falwell's remarks worth commenting on. The article does not shy away from mentioning some of Falwell's more idiotic proclamations, such as a few days after September 11, 2001 when he blamed homosexuals, civil rights groups and non-Christians for the … [Read more...]

Faith-Based Fraud

Atheist Revolution calls our attention to a recent story out of Columbus, Ohio, in which the Rev. David Thompson of World of Pentecost Church, along with several other church officials, have been named in a lawsuit filed by members of the congregation that accuses them of stealing almost $1 million in church money. According to the lawsuit, Thompson's father George, who is also a defendant, told the plaintiffs that they had to forgive his son and accused them of being "children of the devil" if … [Read more...]

Kent Hovind Is Sentenced

After a nearly three-month wait, the wheels of our legal system have turned, and justice has been done at last: Kent Hovind, tax protestor and creationist con man extraordinaire, has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison for tax evasion. Hovind's wife Jo, who was also convicted on the same slate of charges, will be sentenced in March. When writing about Hovind's conviction back in November, I said: I think an eight- to twelve-year sentence would suit him well, although I suspect … [Read more...]

In the Image of God

I have written previously about many different religious beliefs that cause harm to human lives, but today I intend to target a new one. This is the belief that human beings have not come into existence as the result of natural processes - or at least, not solely as the result of natural processes - but rather, that we were created "in the image of God" and owe our existence to him. On its surface, this seems like an unobjectionable and even noble teaching, one that has been used as … [Read more...]

The World Is Ending, Send Money

2006 has come and gone, and a new year is upon us. I don't know about you, readers, but I feel a mood of unaccountable optimism. There seems to be a feeling of renewal in the air, one not solely accounted for by the unseasonably warm and pleasant weather in the northeastern United States, where I live. Despite all the evils and suffering still occurring in the world, which I don't seek to deny or downplay, it seems to me as if we've been granted another chance to get things right: as if the new … [Read more...]

Professional Pandering

Around the time of the elections last year, I read Crashing the Gate, a book by the creators of the popular liberal political blogs Daily Kos and MyDD. Among other things, this book put the blame for Democratic electoral losses in recent years at the feet of high-paid, ineffective consultants who encourage Democratic politicians to water down their positions and restrain themselves from showing passion in public. With the November midterm victories, I am hopeful that Democrats can rediscover … [Read more...]

The 29th Carnival of the Liberals

Welcome, welcome, friends and fellow progressives, to the 29th edition of the Carnival of the Liberals! My name is Ebonmuse, my weblog is Daylight Atheism, and I'll be your guide on this tour of some of the best progressive political writing on the Internet. As the glow of our well-deserved victory in the American midterm elections slowly fades, we should be looking forward to the future. Tomorrow, America's new Democratic Congressional majority will be sworn in, and it's up to us to keep … [Read more...]


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