Yes, Atheists Can Be Conservatives. But Why Would We Want To?

Last week atheist activist and radio host Jamila Bey became the first person ever to address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on behalf of atheist voters. Representing American Atheists Inc., Bey took the floor to ask conservatives to “embrace” atheists, pleading “let me vote for GOP candidates”. Her message was simple: there are more and more [Read More…]

We Are Spock

There is a moment in Star Trek IV – undoubtedly the finest of all Star Trek movies – when Spock, having returned to his home-world Vulcan after his resurrection in the previous film, is answering a computerized test. The questions come quickly: Spock has scarcely answered one before the computer fires another, probing his knowledge of Vulcan history, chemistry, [Read More…]

Former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain Slurs Nonreligious

What if someone told you your life was meaningless? Not just your views or your opinion – which in some cases might be meaningless, were they poorly thought-out – but your actual life? How would you feel about that? What if someone said that the lives of a whole group of people are meaningless? And what if the reason they [Read More…]

American Family Association’s “Bigotry Map” Backfires

Anti-gay hate group the American Family Association has recently released a perverse mockery of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s national map of hate groups which they call a “Bigotry Map“. Promising to “expose anti-Christian bigotry in America”, the map includes locations of groups which are “anti-Christian”, “atheist”, “Humanist”, and which “promote the homosexual agenda”: The [Read More…]

No I Am Not OK

In some ways I’m not a stereotypical Englishman. I don’t have that legendary English reserve, or much of a discomfort with feelings. I try to live my life like an open book, and when I’m happy, grateful, excited, or in love I want to share that. I try to be a joyous influence in others’ [Read More…]

How Should Protesters Relate to the Police?

This week I sat in on a press conference held by the Don’t Shoot Coalition, a broad alliance of national and St. Louis-based groups dedicated to securing structural change after the shooting of Michael Brown. As part of the press conference the Coalition proposed a set of “rules of engagement” meant to guide protesters and the police ahead of [Read More…]

The Art of Social Protest

Protest is an art form: a way of bringing to the surface structural inequality and injustice so that people can glimpse, if only for a moment, the invisible cage which constantly imprisons oppressed people. Artful protests reveal inequalities in surprising and provocative ways while remaining non-violent and invitational, inspiring people to think and act differently rather [Read More…]