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Giving Without God: Smashing the myth that nonbelievers don’t do charity

Reading Time: 4 minutes A few years back, writing for The Freethinker magazine, Dale Debakcsy seized my attention with the opening paragraph of a piece in which he pointed out that nonbelievers are increasingly involved in charitable projects despite their scanty, but growing numbers and limited resources. That paragraph read: One of the few remaining lifeboats jettisoned from the […]

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Support the IHEU’s Humanists At Risk Campaign

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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 […]

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Weekend Coffee: August 6

Reading Time: 2 minutes I’m on vacation this week in Vermont, taking in some green mountains and cultural liberalism, so there’ll be reposts on Monday and Wednesday. In the meantime, here are some links for your reading pleasure: • Upholding the integrity of the secular community requires that we not turn a blind eye when credible allegations of unethical […]

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On Moral Superheroism

Reading Time: 5 minutes I have thoughts about this essay in the Guardian about extreme altruism, seen through the life of an atheist named Julia Wise: Julia believed that because each person was equally valuable, she was not entitled to care more for herself than for anyone else; she believed that she was therefore obliged to spend much of […]

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When Rationalists Reinvent Religion

Reading Time: 4 minutes I enjoyed this story by Dylan Matthews on Vox about effective altruism, an idea I’m all in favor of and wanted to say more about. EA is the philosophy that we should use science, rather than warm fuzzy feelings or guesswork, to direct our charitable giving where it will do the most good. Compared to […]

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Weekend Coffee: December 7

Reading Time: 2 minutes • Creationists lose a lawsuit seeking to keep evolution out of public schools on the spurious grounds that it’s “religious”. It’s worth noting that they’ve given up on demanding equal time for their own beliefs and are now just seeking to destroy science education. • This painfully appropriate headline says it all: Actual War on […]

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Weekday Coffee: Skepticon Edition

Reading Time: 2 minutes I’ve spent this past weekend at Skepticon 7, and I’m still recovering (especially from the Skeptiprom dance party on Saturday night). In the meantime, here are some links I picked up from the weekend’s talks: • My favorite talk of the convention was by Ben Blanchard, who spent a year working abroad with the Foundation […]

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Support the Ada Initiative

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you, like me, are sick and tired of all the bad news that’s been coming out of the atheist community lately, here’s something you can do to help: support the Ada Initiative, a nonprofit group that seeks to change sexist cultures and increase women’s participation and representation. Although their primary focus is on programming […]

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Weekday Coffee: September 25

Reading Time: 2 minutes I’ve been taking a breather this week, but never fear, my Atlas Shrugged series will resume tomorrow. In the meantime, some quick links: • Help atheist blogger and ex-Quiverfuller Vyckie Garrison save her house! She’s in financial trouble caused largely by her divorce from an abusive husband, which in turn happened because she lost her […]

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