Thanks a lot to everyone who voted in the initial phase of About.com’s Atheist/Agnostic Reader’s Choice Awards! Unequally Yoked is one of five nominees for Favorite Atheist/Agnostic Blog of 2011. Voting is open now through March 21st. and you can vote once per day.
Last year’s winner was P.Z. Myers’s Pharyngula, which has a very different style and goal than Unequally Yoked. Some atheist blogs speak mainly to people who are already atheists. That’s an incredibly valuable service; it’s a way to promote activism, aggregate news, and provide a safe space for people who may have been thrown out of their families and communities because of their views.
I’m going for something a little different here. This blog is meant to be a place for productive arguments and strange alliances between atheists and theists. In these comment threads, I can make common cause with a gnostic Christian while the atheists and Catholics have to team up to call him a heretic and me a lunatic [in the most respectful possible way]. And all of us are expected to defend the beliefs we hold, not just attack the beliefs we’ve rejected. I wouldn’t want every atheist blog to hew to this model, but I’d be very pleased to have it represented well in the finals