July 11, 2018

By James A. Haught Young seekers of truth go through a phase of wondering whether life has any discernible meaning. Why are we here? Why does the universe exist? Is there a purpose to it all? This is the ultimate question, overarching all others. The seekers usually plunge into philosophy, and spend years sweating over “being” and “essence” – and quibbling over how the mind obtains knowledge – and how we determine reality – and how language shapes our comprehension…. Read more

July 11, 2018

Hey all, Today I’m announcing a change to my post schedule, for reasons I’ll explain. I’m cutting back on blogging for a while, from three posts a week to two, to devote my time to another project. But never fear, Daylight Atheism isn’t going to be idle. At the same time I reluctantly reached this decision, I got an e-mail from Dale McGowan, our redoubtable editor here at Patheos, with an intriguing offer from someone who was interested in coming… Read more

July 9, 2018

We knew on election night that this was coming, but it doesn’t make this any less of a bitter pill to swallow. It’s simultaneously the worst and most foreseeable consequence of the Trump presidency. Most of this administration’s other mischief is fixable if a friendly president replaces this one, but the harm that’s going to be done by a hard-right Supreme Court will last for decades. It’s not as if we weren’t already heading down this path. Anthony Kennedy was… Read more

July 6, 2018

Suburbs, white flight, and the enduring legacy of American racism. Read more

July 2, 2018

This weekend, I went to one of the 600+ nationwide protests against our fascist presidential administration’s policy of splitting up families at the border. This one was held at the Rockville Centre train station on Long Island. It was a blazing hot day, but the crowd was large – I’m guessing about 400 to 500 people, spanning all ages from the elderly to families pushing babies in strollers – and the mood was energetic and upbeat. I was impressed by… Read more

June 29, 2018

Why investigative journalism is evil. Read more

June 27, 2018

I’ve given up hope for Bangladesh, where Islamist gangs continue to murder freethinkers and atheists with impunity while the government sits on its hands. The latest martyr to reason is the publisher Shahzahan Bachchu, who was assassinated earlier this month. Since Bangladesh’s government can’t or won’t protect its citizens, the only recourse I see for secularists is to leave the country. Thankfully, the International Humanist and Ethical Union is making this possible, there and elsewhere, through its Protect Humanists at… Read more

June 25, 2018

Why should I be judged any more or less suspect because of how long ago my ancestors came to this country? Read more

June 22, 2018

Why Randian heroes are genetically superior; how cities are designed to keep the poor and the homeless out. Read more

June 20, 2018

[I sent a copy of this letter to my House representative, Tom Suozzi. All Democratic senators have already signed on to this bill, but I sent mine a thank-you note as well.] Dear Rep. Suozzi, As a constituent, I’m writing to ask you to support the Keep Families Together Act which is unanimously supported by Democrats in the Senate and has just been introduced in the House. I hope you’ll add your name as a cosponsor. As an American, a… Read more

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