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Blog Profile / Daylight Atheism


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Filed Under:Religion / Atheism
Posts on Regator:1075
Posts / Week:4.8
Archived Since:October 26, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Photo Sunday: #NMOS14

Last Thursday, my wife and I attended one of the National Moment of Silence rallies that were held across the country to protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and all other deaths from police brutality and overreach. This one was at Union Square in Manhattan. There was an immense, diverse crowd; the [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Indian Givers

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter IV After unleashing a tirade at his family during Thanksgiving dinner, Hank Rearden decides he’s had enough of them. He stands up and announces that he’s going to New York, knowing that Lillian understands exactly what this means: “Why do you wish to go to New York tonight?” “I think, [Read More...]

Answering an 11-Year-Old Christian

Last week, this comment was left on an older post. I wouldn’t normally approve proselytizing like this, but since the author identifies himself as an 11-year-old homeschooler, I decided to give it a pass and write him a reply. We may be familiar with these arguments, but it’s likely that he’s never encountered a real [Read More...]

Is Richard Dawkins Evolving?

This is big news: Richard Dawkins has apologized for “Dear Muslima“, the infamous remarks he made in 2011 belittling the concerns of Western feminism on the grounds that women in Muslim countries have it worse. Here’s the relevant part: There should be no rivalry in victimhood, and I’m sorry I once said something similar to [Read More...]

Photo Sunday: Vestmanneyjar

The last tour we took in Iceland was of the Westman Islands, a volcanic archipelago off the southern coast. One of the islands, Surtsey, is brand-new: it was created by an eruption in 1963, and scientists are studying how new species arrive to colonize the previously vacant land. The largest island, Heimaey, is the only [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Supervillain Morality

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter IV It was Thanksgiving dinner, and the three who faced Rearden about the table were his wife, his mother and his brother. “This is the night to thank the Lord for our blessings,” said Rearden’s mother. “God has been kind to us. There are people all over the country who [Read More...]

A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 6

This is part 6 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Hi Andrew, So, in this post, I’d like to delve into some of the details you brought up last time that bear on the existence of a historical Jesus. This [Read More...]

You, Sir, Are No Robert Ingersoll

Before I went on vacation last month, you may recall how I tangled with a mob of nasty sexists who misleadingly call themselves “men’s rights activists”. Most of their comments were pure ad hominem filth, not worth the trouble of responding to, but there was one I wanted to address: from an atheist MRA who [Read More...]

Photo Sunday: The Golden Circle

While I was in Iceland last month, I took a tour of the Golden Circle, a famous tourist route that encompasses some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. Here are a few of the highlights. Once you get outside Reykjavik, Iceland is a young and fierce land, still being shaped by the natural forces that [Read More...]

Friday Night Music: The National

It’s Friday night and I haven’t done one of these in a while, so here’s a video from a group I’ve been listening to a lot lately: The National, a moody and melancholy American band. This is from their quite good newest album, Trouble Will Find Me: What’s been running through your head lately?

Atlas Shrugged: No OSHA Compliance

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter III At the end of his workday, Rearden is looking down on the factory floor, musing on Dagny’s story of Ken Danagger’s disappearance and the strange force that’s causing business owners to abandon their jobs. Rearden wonders, with a touch of envy, why they didn’t come for him as well; [Read More...]

This One Weird Trick Nullifies All Abortion Restrictions

OK, this is brilliant. The Satanic Temple is asserting that they have a religious-liberty right to ignore abortion restrictions, citing the Hobby Lobby decision: “While we feel we have a strong case for an exemption regardless of the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court has decided that religious beliefs are so sacrosanct that they can [Read More...]

Richard Dawkins’ Commendable Step on Sexism

Well, this is most welcome news: [W]e have to be able to manage disagreement ethically, like reasonable adults, as opposed to brawling like enraged children who need a nap. It should go without saying, but this means no death threats, rape threats, attacks on people’s appearance, age, race, sex, size, haircut; no photoshopping people into [Read More...]

Photo Sunday: Reykjavik

My wife and I spent the last week on vacation in Iceland, which is like a liberal’s dream: an peaceful, egalitarian society with no standing army, very low inequality and scarcely any crime, consistently ranked as one of the best countries in the world for women and LGBT people, with a Scandinavian-style social welfare system [Read More...]

Weekend Coffee: July 26

I got back from Iceland yesterday and I’m still catching up on news that happened while I was away. Here are a few of the stories from my backlog: • More to come on this, but for now I’ll just mention it briefly: a very welcome joint statement by Richard Dawkins and Ophelia Benson denouncing [Read More...]

Repost: The Box Office Shrugs at Atlas Shrugged

[Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This post was originally from March 2013.] Way back in 2011, I wrote about the hilarious box-office trainwreck (see what I did there?) that was Atlas Shrugged: Part I. Inexplicably, Ayn Rand’s dense, multi-hour soliloquies in defense of capitalism failed to [Read More...]

Repost: Making Non-White Atheists Feel Welcome

[Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This post was originally from November 2010.] I was reading this outstanding essay by Alom Shaha, an atheist and ex-Muslim of Bangladeshi descent, who describes what it’s like to come out as a nonbeliever in a tightly-knit, intensely religious community. But [Read More...]

Repost: The Apologist’s Turnstile

[Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This post was originally from January 2012.] As I’ve often mentioned, religion has a set of cognitive tricks – unconscious ideas, prejudices and habits of thought it tries to instill in believers – which shield their minds against contrary argument and [Read More...]

Repost: The Age of Wonder

[Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This post was originally from November 2008.] If you search the internet, it’s not hard to find New Agers and others who think that the dawning of the age of reason was a mistake. They envision a more “holistic” approach, one [Read More...]

Repost: Green Fields

[Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This post was originally from June 2009.] For those who are grieving, for those who mourn, and for all those who are burdened with the weary weight of sorrow, I have a prescription. Find a quiet, peaceful place, a green field [Read More...]

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