Secret Santas on Christmas Day

I was going to post Tim Minchin's "White Wine in the Sun" for Christmas but I was a little abashed after reading No Forbidden Questions prediction that the song would show up on every atheist blog today.  It is a lovely song about a secular holiday, so feel free to click the link above or watch the video on any other atheist blog.But, as a bonus, I'll link you to a video at the New York Times that tells a heartwarming story of a couple that mysteriously recieved hundreds of letters addressed … [Read more...]

“They might stuff you in a sack and take you to Spain”

My family's other Christmas Eve tradition is a reading of David Sedaris's The Santaland Diaries.   Sedaris is now a well-known comic essayist, but before he was published, he supported himself through a variety of odd jobs, including working as an elf in Macy's Santaland.  The story is a series of funny vignettes from his term of employment.  Some of them made their debut in 1992 on NPR.  You can still listen to the  original broadcast.When we go through it as a family, we take turns reading … [Read more...]

“The Marleyes Were Dead, To Begin With”*

My family may be entirely composed of atheists, but we do have some important Christmas traditions (even beyond Chinese food on Christmas day).  On Christmas Eve, we watch The Muppet Christmas Carol.  It is the best Christmas Carol on film (it has Michael Caine as Scrooge) and I will fight anyone who says different. The movie is narrated by Gonzo, playing Charles Dickens.I've scheduled this to post in the morning, before I get up, so you'll have time to rent it before nightfall, as you will s … [Read more...]

A Very Quch Christmas*

From the Wall Street Journal comes the story of a Klingon reinterpretation of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. The arc of "A Klingon Christmas Carol" follows the familiar Dickens script: An old miser is visited on a hallowed night by three ghosts who shepherd him through a voyage of self-discovery. The narrative has been rejiggered to match the Klingon world view.For starters, since there is neither a messiah nor a celebration of his birth on the Klingon planet of Kronos, the action is … [Read more...]

The Runner Up Gets Eaten

There's only one thing I could possibly want to post on today:Happy Thanksgiving, I'll see you all on Friday. … [Read more...]

Update on Glee, Gays, and in-Groups

While I wait to see if my post yesterday ("Are Atheists a Side?") satisfies Dom, the commenter I was trying to address, I thought I'd share thoughts a recent piece I wrote for HuffPo (especially as I've written about Glee here before) and I've asked a few questions about religious communities at the end of this post.The article, titled "Glee's Gay Suicide PSA: It Got Worse" focused on the troubling example Kurt, the gay character, set for viewers, when he decided he had a duty to confront th … [Read more...]

Two Debates that aren’t about Religion

Unfortunately, I won't have time to do an appropriate post for Unequally Yoked today, but I thought I'd mention two other debates I'm embroiled in:I've written a piece for the Huffington Post titled "Yale Daily News Wrong to Condemn Outrage in Response to Sexism."  The whole controversy started when frat pledges marched around campus chanting "No means YES!  Yes means ANAL!"  Here's a preview of my take: The YDN editorial board puts the onus of defusing the controversy on the people who we … [Read more...]


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