May 22, 2006

The New York Times recently ran a series, titled “Diseases on the Brink”, that surveyed five diseases – polio, measles, dracunculiasis (also known as guinea worm), blinding trachoma and lymphatic filariasis – that it may be possible to eradicate, if the political will of the world community is up to the task. All these diseases can be treated with relatively simple measures, and have been wiped out or nearly so in industrialized nations thanks to improved sanitation and vaccination, but… Read more

May 20, 2006

Shanksville / Flight 93 The last of the four planes hijacked on 9/11 was Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania after the passengers apparently attempted to storm the cockpit and regain control of the plane. Here it is somewhat difficult to tell what the filmmakers’ hypothesis is, other than their certainty that Flight 93 did not crash in Pennsylvania as reported. 00:57:15 The film extensively cites a video clip from 9/11 where a reporter from a local Fox affiliate… Read more

May 18, 2006

The World Trade Center The second part of this series deals with claims made in Loose Change about the collapse of the World Trade Center. Unlike the Pentagon, there is video evidence explicitly showing the two planes crashing into the Twin Towers, and so LC does not deny this (although other conspiracists have explained this away by appealing to secret Star-Trek-like holographic technology). Instead, the film asserts that the proximate cause of the Twin Towers’ collapse was not the plane crashes, but a controlled demolition… Read more

May 18, 2006

A new essay has been posted on Ebon Musings, a review of the famous Christian allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress. The review follows the book’s format in chronicling the journey of the main character, “Christian”, from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City, commenting on the trials and tribulations he experiences along the way, and concludes by summing up what the allegory teaches us about the nature of Christianity itself. This is an open thread. Comments and feedback are welcome. Read more

May 16, 2006

It seems to be part of human nature that any event of great scale or significance will inevitably engender conspiracy theories. The Kennedy assassination and the moon landing are two recent events that have spawned some of the most durable and complex examples, but there are many more, swirling around nearly every major world event and ranging from the nearly plausible to the outright ridiculous. (An example of the latter category would be the assertion that Hurricane Katrina was caused… Read more

May 15, 2006

I mentioned in an earlier post that I recently came across Freethought Radio, the Freedom from Religion Foundation’s new weekly radio show, which I highly recommend. The very first episode, which I was listening to the other day, made me aware of a shocking violation of the separation of church and state. This latest outrage, not surprisingly, arises from George W. Bush’s constitutionally repugnant “faith-based initiatives” plan, a political euphemism for forced taxation in support of religion. (The FFRF has… Read more

May 14, 2006

Unlike most religions, atheism has no single founder or point of origin. Becoming an atheist is not a matter of joining an existing establishment or swearing allegiance to a creed, but rather of waking up to a simple realization about how the world works. If religions grow like moss, a uniform carpet starting from a single point and spreading outwards, then atheists are like wildflowers scattered across the terrain, each one blooming with brilliant colors of their own. It makes… Read more

May 13, 2006

By Alexander Weaver (Editor’s Note: Please welcome Daylight Atheism’s first guest writer! Alexander Weaver is the author of the essay “Answers to 11 Questions for Atheists” on Ebon Musings.) Recently, several bloggers brought to my attention one of the creepier trends that’s caught on in South Dakota, the “Father-Daughter Purity Ball.” This is more or less what it sounds like; fathers and daughters (mainly preteens and young teens) dress up and attend a dance together, which culminates in them holding… Read more

May 12, 2006

In a previous post, Should Atheists Evangelize?, I defended the position that nonbelievers should speak out publicly in defense of atheism. It seems obvious to me that, if we are to act in accordance with that principle, we should come to a general agreement on how to go about it and what methods are most effective. With that in mind, this post will be the first in a three-part series on evangelizing for atheism, offering suggestions on how we should… Read more

May 10, 2006

Welcome, one and all, to the 12th Carnival of the Liberals! Today we have a selection of some of the best liberal and progressive writing on the Internet for your reading pleasure and consideration. My name is Ebonmuse, and I’ll be your host for this edition. My weblog is called Daylight Atheism, and my primary purpose in writing for it is to bring to light the hate-based agenda of the religious right, the better to organize opposition to their noxious… Read more

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