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Is Terrorism Courageous?

The religious fanatics who murdered twelve people at Charlie Hebdo‘s offices last week were tracked down by the French police after a two-day manhunt, ending in a shootout at a print shop in the town of Dammartin-en-Goële where both of them were killed. One of their accomplices was also killed by police after taking hostages [Read More...]

Saffron Fascism

While Western atheists are most familiar with outrages committed by monotheistic faiths, the followers of Eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism can be just as violent, oppressive and xenophobic. As China, India and other developing...Show More Summary

Photo Sunday: Stone Wall, Winter

High walls imply defensiveness, and thus implicit hostility; they announce the owner’s intent to keep others out regardless of their intentions. A low wall, like this one, says something different and more hopeful. Being only a symbolic barrier, it implies a society where people are friendly and peaceable – where common courtesy and the rule [Read More...]

Weekend Coffee: January 10

• A can’t-miss account of Charlie Hebdo‘s first editorial meeting since last week’s horrific attack. • One-man outrage band Bill Donohue didn’t kill anyone at Charlie Hebdo, but he’s understanding and sympathetic towards the Muslims who did. They made fun of the Pope, after all! • “The right to blaspheme religion is one of the [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Trying to Tell You All It’s Sabotage

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIII Francisco asks Dagny what she thinks about the men who quit their jobs and vanished, and she says she can’t blame them anymore, that she now feels the same way even if it’s psychological torture for her to walk off the job. He says that he’s been through this [Read More...]

#JeSuisCharlie

While trying to absorb the awful, awful news out of Paris this morning, I kept thinking of this passage from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, addressed to the poet’s detractors: But yours the cold heart, and the murderous tongue, The wintry soul that hates to hear a song, The close-shut fist, the mean and measuring [Read More...]

New on the Guardian: The Peaceful Side of Atheism

I’ve published a new column on the Guardian: “If peace on earth is our goal, atheism might be the means to that end“. From the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to the disintegration of Syria, to the atrocities of Islamic State and Boko Haram, it sometimes seems as if the world is spiraling down a vortex [Read More...]

On the Importance of Firebrand Atheism

Steve Neumann, one of my colleagues on the Patheos atheist channel, has written an essay titled “The Case Against In-Your-Face Atheism” which argues that the firebrand style of atheist advocacy does more harm than good. Since he quotes me in it, I thought I’d offer a reply. This is his definition of firebrand atheism: The [Read More...]

Lee Strobel Says Atheism Is Winning

Here’s some welcome news to start out 2015: Lee Strobel, the famed Christian apologist, says that atheism is winning and evangelical Christianity is “facing a crisis”: “We are facing a crisis in America. Skepticism is rising. Too many young people are leaving the faith. Few Christians are able to effectively share Jesus with others,” Strobel [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: To Have and To Hold

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIII Happy New Year! If you haven’t already seen it, here’s an article that’s worth a laugh: an Ayn Rand acolyte pens an editorial in the Washington Post explaining how to have a properly selfish Objectivist Christmas, and why the holiday season is really about gratifying your own desires rather [Read More...]

Threads of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time for the annual wrapup. Here are the major threads that I kept returning to on Daylight Atheism over the past year: The New Civil Rights In January, I reviewed Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, the most important book in American politics of the last decade, about [Read More...]

A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 9

This is part 9 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Hello Andrew, Just to briefly return to our previous topic, on Heaven and the problem of evil: If you say you don’t know why God does or doesn’t do X, [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Buy Local

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIII When the villains put Directive 10-289 into effect two chapters earlier, Dagny quit her job and flounced out. This chapter opens with her living in hermetic solitude, at an old rural cabin in Woodstock that she inherited: The sun touched the tree tops on the slope of the hill, [Read More...]

The Frozen River: A Humanist Sermon

Six years ago, this nation achieved a historic milestone when its people elected a black man to be their president. For a country that was sustained by slave labor for decades after its inception and riven by racism throughout its history, this is an almost unimaginable accomplishment. It’s not that Barack Obama promised to single-handedly [Read More...]

Book Reviews: Fighting Back the Right, Living the Secular Life

(Author’s Note: The following reviews were solicited and are written in accordance with this site’s policy for such reviews.) Fighting Back the Right by David Niose I previously reviewed Nonbeliever Nation by David Niose, a past president of the American Humanist Association. His new book, Fighting Back the Right, tells the story of how the [Read More...]

Whom Do the Police Serve?

Awful news from Brooklyn this weekend: A disturbed man shot his ex-girlfriend (who’s expected to survive), then ambushed and fatally shot two police officers on patrol, and finally shot and killed himself as police closed in. His social media postings indicated that he was angry over the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, although [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Midnight Train to Death, Part III

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VII Pulled by a coal-burning engine that’s not designed for the poorly ventilated tunnel it’s about to enter, the doomed train chugs upward into the mountains: Some of the passengers aboard the Comet were awake. As the train started its coiling ascent, they saw the small cluster of Winston’s lights [Read More...]

The Torture Report is America’s National Shame

The Senate has released a massive report on the torture of terrorism suspects under the Bush administration, and it’s as bad as many of us feared. We already knew some of the terrible things done in our name as Americans, but not the full extent. In fact, we still don’t know the full extent, since [Read More...]

New on AlterNet: The Mythical Golden Age of Religious Charity

My latest column is up on AlterNet, Do Right-Wing Christians Want People to be Destitute? It’s about the conservative politicians who want to slash the social safety net, claiming they want to go back to a time when churches and private charity provided for everyone’s needs, and the evidence showing that the actual effect of [Read More...]

Friday Night Music: Portugal The Man

Like Quiet Company, this is another of the bands I first heard about from Chris Stedman’s atheist & agnostic music list. This uptempo, anthemic prog-rock song, from their 2013 album Evil Friends, was his #1 pick, and I find it hard to argue (although I have no idea what the video means):

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