Should Babies Be Considered Atheists? Depends on Your Definition of the Word

Once again, Richard Dawkins is being criticized for something he never meant — by someone who’s actually on the same side as him.

On Twitter this week, Dawkins posted this perfectly sensible comment:



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A Beautiful Video from a Formerly-Religious Father to His Newborn Daughter

John Cedars, who blogs at the Jehovah’s Witness watchdog blog JWsurvey, used to be a JW himself before he finally came to his senses. His wife’s pregnancy gave him the final push he needed to leave the faith for good.

John recently gave birth to a beautiful girl, Jessica Liberty, and he’s determined not to make the same mistake indoctrinating her that his parents did with him. So he made this really lovely video:



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Eating Children: For Atheists, It’s More Than Just a Pleasant Pastime

Now look: Most atheists don’t eat children simply for the heck of it. We’re just more practical and pragmatic about consuming young flesh than most people.

It pains me that there are those among us who still frequently endure hunger pangs, refusing to feast upon even the juiciest juveniles. These fellow atheists are the victims of an outmoded uneasiness that the rest of the world refers to as “scruples.”

Fortunately, I just came across this 1970s book that helps explain, in an inspired fashion, why taking a bite out of a well-buttered bambino ought to be a guilt-free indulgence — and indeed is often the sane, rational thing to do.

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A Gift for Atheist Parents: ‘Don’t Baptize’ Shirts for Their Babies

I know, I know, we talk a lot about not labeling babies with the religious beliefs of their parents… but this shirt is kind of awesome and I want it:



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Atheism and the Need for ‘Sacred Spaces’ for Ritual: Are They in Conflict?

Suzanne Moore at The Guardian writes about the thought process that went into holding some kind of celebratory ceremony for the birth of her third child (congratulations, by the way!). In doing so, however, she found that her desire for some form of ritual to mark the event conflicted with her desire to be “a good atheist.”

Here’s how she explains the problem: She worries that “New Atheism,” whatever you believe that to be, “fixates on ethics, ignoring aesthetics at its peril,” and that “ultra-orthodox atheism has come to resemble a rigid and patriarchal faith itself.” [Read more...]


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