The New Republic’s review of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s necessary new book

 Ta-Nehisi Coates is quickly becoming one of America's great public intellectuals. Bijan Stephen, an Associate Editor at The New Republic and an old friend, recently wrote about Coates's latest book, Between the World and Me. He writes: Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, and his body of work concerns, in general, confronting that violence on its structural terms: racism’s history, the institutions that allow it to persist, and its economic and social consequences. B … [Read more...]

The Atlantic and The Daily Beast on the Harris, Afleck, and Maher debate

We've covered this debate pretty extensively by now, but a few more pieces have come out that I think warrant some attention, even if it's a bit limited. My day job is ramping up for the next few weeks, so I've got a busy weekend and the rest of October ahead of me. My blogging will probably be on the lighter side, but hopefully our other writers will pick up the slack.At The Atlantic, Peter Beinart highlights some of the dangers of Maher's rhetoric by drawing analogies to how we treated c … [Read more...]

2010 American Atheist Convention: The Good…

This post is the first part of a three part series of reports on the 2010 American Atheist convention.This weekend I attended the 2010 American Atheist Convention – my first time at a meeting of the American Atheists. I was coming off a series of attack blogs against my critiques of atheistic positioning so, to be honest, I was a bit nervous. And though I had some trepidation, I also had hope. But this conference, though it had its moments of insight and inspiration, was an experience that l … [Read more...]

Nightline Boldly Goes… Where We’ve Already Been Before

Last night a group of diverse, young Chicagoans were having the first planning meeting for a Chicago Secular Humanist meet-up. It was so inspiring to hear each individual talk about why they were in the room, and it left me feeling so excited about the possibilities of this group. But I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed that our meeting coincided with a debate on ABC Nightline called "The Future of God." I was curious to see what new ground might be covered in this well-worn … [Read more...]