SSA Week Day 3: My Picks

SSA Week is ongoing, as atheist bloggers come together to raise money for the Secular Student Alliance. At the time this post was published, they've collectively raised $65,000 out of a goal of $100,000, a gain of more than $5,000 since yesterday. Awesome! Yesterday's ongoing blogathon had two participants, but three participating bloggers. Here are my favorites from the bunch: At WWJTD?, JT Eberhard points out that Kansas is at it again with teaching anti-science in science classes, and asks … [Read more...]

SSA Week Day 2: My Picks

SSA Week is ongoing, as atheist bloggers come together to raise money for the Secular Student Alliance. At the time this post was published, they've collectively raised $59,680 out of a goal of $100,000. Keep it up! For Sunday's blogathon, we had four participants. Here are my picks: First, Dale McGowan at The Meming of Life wrote 33 excellent, thoughtful posts, which somehow seems like cheating. Of them all, my favorite was Dying, about how an atheist parent can teach their kids about death. … [Read more...]

SSA Week Day 1: My Picks

I'm back! Apologies for the radio silence these past few days - as I mentioned earlier, I was in Providence, Rhode Island attending Netroots Nation, an annual convention of liberal bloggers and political activists. I've had a jam-packed three days of panels, forums, and afterparties, all of which left scarce time for sleep, let alone blogging. (Although, if you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw a lot of tweeting about all the speakers I saw.) I'll have more to say about the convention … [Read more...]

It’s SSA Week – Support Our Secular Students!

I'm a bit busy this week, since I'm at Netroots Nation until Sunday. But I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the major fundraising drive that's just kicked off: the Secular Student Alliance's SSA Week, which is taking place from June 6th to 16th. Yes, I realize that's more than a week, but our freethinking students and the people who support them are an integral part of the atheist movement, and they deserve more than just seven days of support! As Lyz Liddell, the SSA director of campus … [Read more...]

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Join Kiva

I've often written (although never on Big Think, until today) about Kiva, a nonprofit organization that connects charitable donors with microfinance institutions that cater to entrepreneurs in the developing world. Kiva's partner organizations make loans - typically just a few hundred dollars, small by American standards, but huge in many developing countries - to people who want to start a business or expand an existing business. By promoting economic growth in developing countries, mostly to … [Read more...]

Hemley Gonzalez: The Truth About Mother Teresa

[Note: Please welcome Hemley Gonzalez to Daylight Atheism. Hemley is the founder of Responsible Charity, a secular non-profit organization serving the poor of Calcutta, which was a past beneficiary of the Foundation Beyond Belief. In this interview, he discusses his time as a volunteer with Mother Teresa's supposed charitable organization, how he became disillusioned, and how it inspired him to start a better alternative. See also my past post on the same subject. —Adam] You used to be a … [Read more...]

Support the Foundation Beyond Belief’s Year-End Drive!

When this life is all you have, you're naturally motivated to care more about it. That's why I've often encouraged readers to support the Foundation Beyond Belief, an excellent secular charity, and this holiday season I'd like to renew that call. If you don't already know how the FBB operates: Each quarter, they choose a slate of charities - one each in the areas of animal protection, children, education, the environment, health, human rights, peace and poverty - with a track record of … [Read more...]

Did the American Cancer Society Refuse Atheist Money?

Charities that depend on donations and fund-raising to survive have it hard enough in the best of times. But in this depressed economy, it must be more difficult than ever. The obvious conclusion, I would think, is that if you represent a charity and a donor gets in touch offering to give you a lot of money, you don't delay, you don't put obstacles in their path, you don't make excuses: you do everything in your power to make that donation happen! Unless, it seems, the money is coming from … [Read more...]

Theocracy Causes Famine

Recently, I got an e-mail from the Foundation Beyond Belief, which is working with USAID to raise awareness of the continuing drought and famine in the Horn of Africa. The toll in lives is already appalling, including over 29,000 deaths from starvation and outbreaks of measles and cholera, and hundreds more dying every day. The crisis has produced almost a million refugees, including over 400,000 at the Dadaab camp in Kenya.I have to admit that my first reaction to this news was a feeling of … [Read more...]

His Noodly Appendage, Now in Yarn Form

I'm inordinately pleased by this. :)Earlier this summer, I threw in for a fundraising contest for Camp Quest, pitting a team of us lowlier bloggers against the Dark Overlord himself. The over $30,000 we collectively raised was reward enough for me, but I just received a completely unexpected thank-you gift in the mail: a hand-crocheted Flying Spaghetti Monster, crafted by Sue Henry and Kelley Freeman of the Secular Student Alliance. Thanks, Kelley and Sue! I shall display it with pride, and … [Read more...]


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