September 1, 2010

Since this is becoming Accommodationism Week on Daylight Atheism, let me turn to the latest piece hushing atheists, written by Quinn O’Neill on 3 Quarks Daily. It plays a familiar tune, so I’ll strike a few well-chosen notes of discord. Suppose you could choose either to maximize human rationality or to maximize human happiness. For most of us, even for the most strident advocates of reason and critical thinking, I suspect the choice would be happiness or well-being. I deny,… Read more

August 31, 2010

The Language of God, Chapter 2 By B.J. Marshall In this section, Collins poses the questions of whether the near-ubiquity of the search for the existence of a supernatural being represents “a universal but groundless human longing for something outside ourselves to give meaning to a meaningless life and to take away the sting of death” (p.35). The search for meaning in one’s life is an important question, but I don’t think the search for the divine stops there. We… Read more

August 30, 2010

I’ve told you all the story of how I became an atheist. But I’ve never written about what came before that: what made this a topic of interest for me, what first motivated me to think about these issues at all. Well, today I want to tell that part of the story. This was around my last year of high school. I was surfing Internet chat rooms when I saw someone in one of them give an offhand reference to… Read more

August 28, 2010

So, I’ve finally joined the 21st century by buying my first ever 3G smartphone, a Motorola Droid 2. I’ve been getting a lot of use out of it and I’m happy with the network coverage and connection speed so far. There’s also the Android Market, which lists thousands of user-developed applications you can download, everything from games and news readers to compasses and metal detectors (no kidding). I do have one important complaint, though. There aren’t nearly enough atheist-themed apps!… Read more

August 27, 2010

• President Obama signs a law to fight British libel tourism by barring such judgments from being enforced in the U.S. • My esteemed guest author, Sarah Braasch, has an article in the latest issue of The Humanist on the French burqa ban. • After a scary brush with mortality, everyone’s favorite squid-loving atheist professor is back in action. Visit his blog and leave some get-well-soon comments! • Did a Catholic priest carry out an IRA bombing? And if so,… Read more

August 26, 2010

When America’s founders ratified the Constitution, they created something that arguably had never existed in the world before: a republic where freedom of religion was explicitly enshrined in the charter, where toleration wasn’t just the whim of a benevolent ruler but the immutable law of the land. As George Washington wrote in his famous letter to the Jewish congregation of Newport: It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one… Read more

August 24, 2010

There’s welcome news out of the U.K. this week: the government-established Charity Commission has ruled that the adoption agency Catholic Care must abide by anti-discrimination laws and therefore may not refuse to consider same-sex couples as prospective parents: The Charity Commission… ruled that discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is a “serious matter” because it “departs from the principle of treating people equally”, and that religious views cannot justify such bias because adoption is a public matter. …”In certain… Read more

August 23, 2010

The Language of God, Chapter 2 By B.J. Marshall Collins starts off this chapter noting that, if we’ve followed him this far, we’ve no doubt begun to form numerous objections. That’s an understatement to be sure! He gives us some of his own: Isn’t belief in God just a case of wishful thinking? Hasn’t a great deal of harm been done in the name of religion? How could a loving God permit suffering? How can a serious scientist accept the… Read more

August 22, 2010

Street art, Manhattan, June 2010. Photo by the author. Camera details: Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS. Click for larger version. Read more

August 20, 2010

I’ve been writing since the beginning of Daylight Atheism about the unique ways that religion harms women. Although men have also suffered innumerable harms from religious beliefs, they’re not singled out, treated as an underclass uniquely deserving of condemnation, the way that women are in almost every major religion’s sacred texts. That’s why I wrote in posts like 2006’s “Religion’s Harm to Women”: There is only one realistic way to end religion’s harm to women, and that is to cut… Read more

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