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Weekend Coffee: April 18

The National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon is almost here again! If you’ve got a few dollars to spare and want to help strike down barriers to choice, please donate to my wife Elizabeth and her team, At Your Cervix. • The construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea is being blockaded by protesters who [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Welcome to Atlantis

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter I And now, we embark on the third and final part of Atlas Shrugged. When we left off at the conclusion of Part II, it was on a cliffhanger: Dagny’s plane was spiraling down for a crash landing, plummeting into a mysterious valley that seemingly appeared out of nowhere. Part [Read More...]

The Sci-Fi Fans Who Fear Change

The Hugos, one of the most prestigious awards for sci-fi and fantasy writing, have been hijacked. After several years in which the awardees had become increasingly diverse, reflecting the broader reach and appeal of SF/F, readers discovered that this year’s nominees were dominated by a ballot-stuffing campaign organized by a right-wing faction that calls itself, [Read More...]

Announcing: Arc of Fire

There’s nothing like the feeling of being beaten to the punch. I uploaded the final edits late last week, linked all the publication pages together, and got ready to make this announcement… and then someone went and figured out the URL and bought a copy before I’d even put this post up. Clever, whoever you [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Bells and Whistles

Atlas Shrugged Part II: The Strike In most things, the producers of Atlas Shrugged Part II were unwilling to deviate in the slightest from the book. They followed the text as slavishly as possible, keeping everything that screen-time and budget constraints would allow. But there are a few places where they chose to make changes, [Read More...]

On Financial Independence

Via this interview on Vox, I came across an intriguing blog by a writer who goes by the unlikely appellation of Mr. Money Mustache. MMM, as I’ll call him for short, argues that an ordinary person can save enough to retire after as little as ten years of full-time work, without winning the lottery or [Read More...]

How Religious Bigotry Was Beaten Back in Indiana

Last month, Indiana’s Republican-dominated legislature passed, and Gov. Mike Pence signed, an intensely controversial “religious freedom” bill very similar to the one that almost passed in Arizona last year. It was based on the federal...Show More Summary

Friday Night Music: Transgressor

I previously used this space to feature Quiet Company, an ex-Christian rock band from Texas. They’ve just released a new album, Transgressor, that’s a bit more polished and less emotionally raw, but I think every bit as good as their last:

Atlas Shrugged: Talking Is Not a Free Action

Atlas Shrugged Part II: The Strike The hallmark of Atlas Shrugged is the character filibuster: the story grinds to a halt so that one of Rand’s heroes can deliver a long, apparently extemporaneous speech, explaining the philosophical grounding and moral implications of Objectivism in grueling detail. Show More Summary

Some Thoughts on Trigger Warnings

The latest thinkpiece that’s consumed the internet is an editorial by Judith Shulevitz about trigger warnings. A trigger warning, if you don’t know, is a warning label intended to help people with post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s meant to give advance warning of material they might find distressing so that they can avoid it and keep [Read More...]

The Atheist Community Is Diversifying

I was pleased to read about a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute on millennial views about sex. It confirms our generally pro-choice and non-judgmental attitude, with a few caveats: “What we see running through the answers is that where principles of fairness come up, millennials want to see equal access to health [Read More...]

Weekend Coffee: March 28

• GOP congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers asked her constituents for Obamacare horror stories. The response she got was rather different. • “Shouldn’t you be having these same kind of prayer circles around divorce attorneys’ offices...Show More Summary

Atlas Shrugged: Bring Me a New Black Guy

Atlas Shrugged Part II: The Strike The most noticeable and jarring change between the first and second Atlas movies is that this one has an entirely new cast. This page from the Atlas Society explains why: Part 1 was shot in a rush to keep John Aglialoro’s rights from expiring, and the time pressure and [Read More...]

Why Atheism Is a Force for Good

If you’ve followed my writing these past few years, you know that I’ve often taken up arms against prominent atheists who’ve made clueless, sexist comments or worse. I’ve also insisted that the atheist movement as a whole needs to pay more attention to social justice, an area where it’s historically been deficient. In all these [Read More...]

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Eight years ago, a particularly nasty cult leader named Warren Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison. Jeffs was – and still is – the spiritual leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, an extremist Mormon splinter group with enclaves scattered across the American West. The FLDS, like most cults, was [Read More...]

You Got Your Ideology in My Atheism!

My column in the Guardian this week about atheism and social justice got a lot of comments – over 2900 at the time I’m writing this – and most of them were what you’d expect, both for the better and for the worse. But what I’m fascinated by are the people who wanted to argue [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Craft of Not Acting

Atlas Shrugged Part II: The Strike In 2011, a wealthy businessman named John Aglialoro produced a movie based on the first part of Atlas Shrugged. Aglialoro imagined himself as John Galt, boldly speaking the truth to a complacent world. As it turned out, he was more like Ivy Starnes, the inheritor of a famous brand [Read More...]

A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 11

This is part 11 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Hello Andrew, I’m ready to move on to comparing our views on government, really! But I have to tarry on one small point: Goodness itself is not a necessary truth, [Read More...]

New on the Guardian: Beyond Debating God’s Existence

My latest column on the Guardian is up: “It’s time for atheists to stop debating God’s existence and decide what to do about it“. In it, I argue that the atheist movement can’t make critiques of religious belief its whole focus and should be doing more to create justice in this life, which is the [Read More...]

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