Posts tagged "atheists"

Daily Links: Grand Jury Duty Blues

I'm three weeks down, one to go.  Serving justice in Brooklyn has kept me quiet, but here's what I'm reading between testimonials: Jane Iwamura at The Scoop on Tupac's undead appearance at Coachella. One wonders if Mark Oppenheimer just didn't have any critical thinking to apply to his recent review of Ross Douthat's new book,...

Atheists’ Public Sphere

Angela Zito: Greta Christina gives us a list of the ten worst states to be an atheist. It's really a list of: "Ten Worst States to Declare Publicly That You're an Atheist." A lot of the anger is actually about atheists daring to claim some part of the public discourse for...

Take America Back to What? The Founding Atheists?

For all of the -- rather successful -- efforts over the past decades to convince the nation that our founders were holy men devoted to keeping God as our national co-pilot (Beck is only the most recent in a long line ahistorical claimers), sometimes Christians have to call it the way they see it....

What Makes Ground Zero Holy?

We've been wondering what makes the site of the 9/11 attacks "holy ground."  Michael Daly takes this saccharine stab at it in today's New York Daily News by asserting that tragedy (or seeing shells from foxholes) makes all of us pray in the same way:
Ground Zero is a mosque.  It is also a church...

What Would Jefferson Do?

Journalist and director of USC's Annenberg Digital News, Marc Cooper, makes a case in today's LA Times for the next Supreme Court Justice to be an atheist. How about some representation for the 1 in 6 Americans who claim no faith? he asks. Alas, even those tangentially following the Obama administration's hob-knobs with...

Upstate Enlightenment

Amherst, New York, home of Free Inquiry, the skeptics’ periodical of choice, and its parent organization, the Council for Secular Humanism, this weekend hosts its 10th Annual World Congress, “Toward a New Enlightenment,” as a response to religious encroachments on science, medicine and “democracy itself.” Over the course of three days, participants will explore religiously-tinged...