The struggles are real, y’all.
If you’re looking for something to do over the holiday weekend, I suggest binge-watching Making a Murderer on Netflix. (The first episode is available on YouTube.)
Is there any way to make Tim Minchin‘s “White Wine in the Sun” an even more beautiful song?
Maybe not, but Shelley Segal gets pretty damn close in this cover:
One of the most significant stories of 2015 was the death of several Bangladeshi atheists (and people connected to them) by Islamic radicals.
The Dissident blog — a product of the Swedish PEN society — has a collection of articles, poetry, and illustrations relating to the murders in a special issue:
After the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks, followed by Donald Trump‘s inflammatory speech on the aircraft carrier Yorktown near my home in Charleston, South Carolina, my wife Sharon and I wanted to do something to counter some of the unfair anti-Muslim sentiment in our state and country. So we made an appointment to stop at the local mosque and say how pleased we are to live in the same community with Muslims.
Waiting to greet us were the imam and three other leaders, and they appreciated our taking the time to stop by. I mentioned that atheists are also sometimes demonized, and it’s important for those of all faiths and none to find common ground and work together.
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