Back in 2008 Alonzo Fyfe blogged about the question, “Where do atheists get their morality?” As an alternative to “the standard attempt to defend some moral theory,” he proposes the following answer. “A lot of theists want to know where atheists get their morality because theists are bigots looking for an excuse to hate their … Alonzo Fyfe’s Alternative Answer to “Where Do Atheists Get Their Morality?”
For the April issue of Zarathustra Speaks, Robert M. Price has published a well-written essay describing what he calls “Westboro Atheists.” I agree with pretty much everything he writes, especially this: This is why I cringe every time I hear about the latest attempts of the Freedom from Religion Foundation to scour every expression of … Robert M. Price on Westboro Atheists
Hemant Mehta’s post about pro-life atheists is a great reminder of the diversity among nontheists. While the stereotype of atheists, at least in the U.S., is that we are all liberal on a variety of issues, that isn’t the case. Pro-life atheists are an example.
I just rejoined the Internet Infidels Board of Directors for the first time in 8-10 years. We are looking for a couple of more people to join the Board. If you are interested, please respond to the post and I will contact you off-line.
In response to my last post on the American Atheists billboard ads, two people posted comments about the goals of organized atheism. Both of these comments show why organized atheism would greatly benefit from thinking about its fundamental objectives. Before I get into that, however, let me quote the authors. First, here is Chris Hallquist. … How to Think About the Objectives of Organized Atheism
Prior to my earlier posts on American Atheists’s billboards, an atheist, whose opinion I respect, mentioned his support for the ads. To paraphrase, his argument was something like this. Religious beliefs should not get special protection from ridicule and doubt. They have had this protection for far too long and this needs to stop. Our … American Atheists Billboards and Ridicule of Religious Ideas
It seems like virtually every atheist site with a focus on the culture ways has been happy to report an increase in the percentage of Americans willing to vote for an atheist for President. Presumably virtually all atheists would like all Americans, atheist or not, to be willing to vote for an atheist for President. … Potential Hypocrisy in American Atheist Billboard Campaign?
CNN.com this morning reported on the latest billboard ads paid for by American Atheists. Here are the ads. What was the purpose of the ads? Here is Dave Silverman, President of American Atheists. “Presidential conventions are for ideas, not ideology – platforms, not platitudes,” Silverman said. “If a person believes stupid things, we have every … American Atheists Doesn’t Speak for This American Atheist
Ian Murphy has a piece called “The 5 Most Awful Atheists.” His choice of 5 is pretty much what I would pick: Sam Harris, Bill Maher, Penn Jillette, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, S.E. Cupp. Islamophobes, quasi-New Age ditzes, and libertarians. There is a serious point here as well. Sometimes it makes sense to speak of an … The political incoherence of atheism