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Daylight Atheism

Poetry Sunday: The Poet in the Desert

Dabanner
over 5 years ago

Today's Poetry Sunday introduces a new poet: the freethinker, civil libertarian, and Renaissance man extraordinaire, Charles Erskine Scott Wood. Born in 1852, Wood graduated from West Point in 1874 and served as an infantry officer in western campaigns, including the Nez Perce War. He was ...

Daylight Atheism

The Sewers of Hate

Dabanner
over 5 years ago

Last week, James Adkisson was sentenced to life in prison. Adkisson was the right-wing terrorist who went on an armed rampage against the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist church in Knoxville last July, killing two parishioners, Greg McKendry and Linda Kraeger. He had intended to kill many ...

Daylight Atheism

Announcing the AHS

Dabanner
over 5 years ago

I'm pleased to announce the launch of the National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies, an umbrella organization representing freethinking student groups from schools and universities throughout the United Kingdom. Similar to the U.S. Secular Student Alliance, the AHS will ...

Waq al-Waq

Foreign Policy

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over 5 years ago

Getting a bit tired of short blog posts, and looking for something more to really sink your teeth into over the weekend? Well, then, I would suggest this piece at Foreign Policy by "Gregory D. Johnsen and Christopher Boucek." A bit pretentious to insist on being listed with your middle initial ...

Waq al-Waq

al-Wahayshi's Speech

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over 5 years ago

One of the dangers of having access to a blog is the temptation to post instant analysis on anything and everything that happens, which can be quite dangerous and often misleading. That caveat firmly in place, I have a few initial thoughts on al-Wahayshi's speech that was posted to jihadi forums ...

Waq al-Waq

Thursday Papers

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over 5 years ago

There is a great deal of news coming out of Yemen and Saudi Arabia this morning. Khalid al-Hammadi, in al-Quds al-Arabi, as well as a number of others write about the second American UAV crash in as many weeks. Others are talking about renewed calls to boycott the elections by the JMP. More ...

Daylight Atheism

The Amorphous Enemy

Dabanner
over 5 years ago

In a previous post, "The Soft Landing", I wrote about the future and about one potential scenario that I find disturbing: that militant, fundamentalist churches will grow at the expense of moderate and liberal ones, leaving behind a world split between atheism and angry, intolerant religion. In ...

Waq al-Waq

New Name

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over 5 years ago

We are still getting the hang of this blogging thing and so we ask that you bear with us as we continue to iron a few things out, like, say, the name of the blog. The address is going to stay the same, but we thought it would be more in keeping with the tone that we are aiming for if we adopted the ...