Introducing a New Guest Author

Today I’m proud to introduce Daylight Atheism’s newest guest author, Sikivu Hutchinson. You may know her from when she made a splash earlier this year with an article in the L.A. Watts Times about black atheists coming out of the closet, and I’m happy to offer my site as another platform for her to continue her freethought advocacy. She’s also the editor of blackfemlens.org and a commentator for KPFK 90.7 FM radio in Los Angeles. The following post is reprinted… Read more

Photo Sunday: America’s Best Idea

I don’t post pictures on this blog often enough (and since I recently bought a new camera, I might as well get some use out of it!), so with this post I’m kicking off a new semi-regular feature. If you’ve got interesting, unusual or just beautiful pictures that you own and would like to see here, I’ll consider posting submissions as well, so send them to me! I was in California this past Labor Day weekend and had a chance… Read more

Kiva Atheists’ Million-Dollar Milestone

I’ve written in the past about Kiva, the microcredit site that fights poverty by funding economic entrepreneurs in the developing world, and about how the largest lender community on the site is made up of atheists (and I’m happy to be one of them). Well, we’ve reached a new milestone. As you can see from Kiva’s community page, the atheist team has just passed the $1 million mark in total dollars loaned, becoming the first team on Kiva to do… Read more

The Case for a Creator: This Time It's Personal

The Case for a Creator, Chapter 5 To wrap up his cosmological argument, William Lane Craig comes to a laughably specific conclusion: “A cause of space and time must be an uncaused, beginningless, timeless, spaceless, immaterial, personal being endowed with freedom of will and enormous power,” he said. [p.108] (He didn’t add “who is three persons in one being and who sacrificed his son for the sins of the world”, but clearly he would have gotten there if this interview… Read more

Take Action: Help Free Kareem Amer

Since I wrote about the Center for Inquiry’s Blasphemy Day last week, this is a fitting followup. By participating in events like those, we demonstrate our commitment to defending the right of free speech. But we can also show that commitment in a more tangible way: by taking action on behalf of the prisoners of conscience around the world who’ve been imprisoned and punished for exercising that right. In this case, I’m speaking of Kareem Amer, an Egyptian blogger and… Read more

Militant Hinduism

People in Western societies often believe that Eastern religions are more peaceful, less fundamentalist, than Judaism, Christianity or Islam have historically been. And it may well be true that the fluid, polytheistic nature of Hinduism and Buddhism makes them more tolerant, more willing to accommodate differing beliefs, than the fiercely monotheistic religions whose gods are unable to abide any competition. Nevertheless, every religion has its violent, fundamentalist wing, and Eastern religions like Hinduism are no exception. In India, the problem… Read more

Anti-Atheist Bigotry Enters Another Campaign

Because this strategy worked so well for Elizabeth Dole, another conservative politician has decided to make a play for the bigot vote by stirring up anti-atheist prejudice against a challenger. In this case, it’s on a smaller scale: a race for city council in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can read about it in the New Mexico Independent, a local paper. (HT: Daylight Atheism reader Brian Westley, who was also the first one to tell me about the Dole ads. He’s… Read more

Book Review: UFOs, Ghosts, and a Rising God

(Editor’s Note: This review was solicited and is written in accordance with this site’s policy for such reviews.) If you’ve been around the atheist blogosphere, you probably know the name Christopher Hallquist, author of the blog The Uncredible Hallq (I’ve always wondered, does he get more skeptical when he gets angry?). Well, it seems he’s come into his own, because last month in the mail I got a copy of his new book, UFOs, Ghosts, and a Rising God: Debunking… Read more

Find Me on Atheist Nexus

I’m not generally a big user of social networking sites, but I did decide to join Atheist Nexus yesterday. If you’re there too, you can find me there and add me as a friend. Read more

Another Branch on the Human Family Tree

I haven’t written about any new transitional fossils in a while, so it’s a great pleasure for me to mention this one: a hominid skeleton nicknamed “Ardi”, a specimen of Ardipithecus ramidus. This species was known from other fossil fragments, but Ardi is one of the oldest and most complete hominids found so far, and may give us the most insight yet into what the common ancestor of humans and chimpanzees looked like. Ardi lived about 4.4 million years ago… Read more

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