My First Column for Secular World

I have begun writing a column in Secular World, published by Atheist Alliance International, on the subject of free speech around the world. The column is called Life Itself, a reference to Salman Rushdie’s statement, “Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.” You can read excerpts from the current issue, including my column, here. But the full magazine is sent to all AAI members, so join up if you want to read it every quarter.

Florida School Tries to Ban a Book to Appease Christians
Scott Lively Suddenly Loves the First Amendment
Welcome to Grand Rapids, Land of Jerks
Yes, Some People Should Be Shunned
About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • grizzle

    Congrats, Ed!

  • http://helives.blogspot.com heddle

    Ed,

    I thoroughly enjoyed your article. Fantastic!

  • Michael Heath

    Congrats on the gig Ed. You’ve earned being considered by a broader audience.

    In that article Ed reports:

    The Organization for Islamic Cooperation, made up of 57 predominately Muslim countries, has been pushing for years for the United Nations to pass a resolution calling on all nations of the world to outlaw the “defamation of religion.”

    These countries’ governments seek far broader protections than defamation, but instead even credible criticism.

    A key attribute of enlightenment thinking is the rejection of holy dogma and claims of divine revelation, supplanted back then by human reason (done right) and now, empiricism as well. It’s these two elements that threaten religion’s ability to flourish.


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