Celibacy Is Unnatural

The Roman Catholic church’s stated reason for opposing homosexuality is that it violates a vaguely-defined construct they call “natural law”. This viewpoint is explained in essays like this one: People have a basic, ethical intuition that certain behaviors are wrong because they are unnatural… The natural sex partner for a man is a woman, and the natural sex partner for a woman is a man. Thus, people have the corresponding intuition concerning homosexuality that they do about bestiality — that… Read more

The Case for a Creator: Another Non-Authority

The Case for a Creator, Chapter 6 Chapter 6 of Case is about the cosmological fine-tuning argument, but before I get to that, I want to say a few words about Strobel’s next choice of interview subject. The interviewee in chapter 6 is Robin Collins, another prominent ID advocate. Granted, the areas of Collins’ interest lie mainly in physics and cosmology. But Collins himself is not a physicist, nor a cosmologist, nor even a practicing scientist. His undergraduate major was… Read more

On the Front Lines of Islamism

While we in the West work to defend secularism against creationists, pro-lifers and other would-be theocrats, it’s worth remembering from time to time how good we have it. Our church-state wall may be an embattled boundary, but in most of the world, it’s nonexistent. This is especially true in most of the world’s Muslim-majority countries, where a few heroes of secularism are fighting against nearly impossible odds. Take Kuwait, where two courageous female MPs are refusing to wear headscarves in… Read more

Letter to a Young Skeptic of Color

By Sikivu Hutchinson For the longest time religion has simply been an accepted way of life for you, unchallenged, unquestioned, a shopworn ritual, gentle as a vise. If you’re churchgoing the first seeds of doubt may be planted after squirming through umpteen marathon prayer sessions. If you’re not churchgoing, doubt may come from seeing all the privilege and status, the houses, cars and ring-kissing reverence lavished on the pastors, the bishops, the priests and other hallowed Christian elite. At first,… Read more

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

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