The End of the Road for the Humanist Symposium?
The 57th edition of the Humanist Symposium has been posted at Unequally Yoked (a great concept for a blog in its own right!). Go check it out, link to it if you see fit, and thank the host for all her fine work.
With that said, I have to say a few words about the future of the Humanist Symposium. I started this carnival back in April 2007 because I believed, and still do believe, that there ought to be a more prominent platform for writing on humanism and the positive side of atheism. I'm happy to do the bookkeeping work of scheduling and running the carnival as long as there's an equal response from the community.
But in the last few months, I've noticed a trailing off of interest - both in the volume of submissions, and especially in the number of people volunteering to host. When the carnival started up, it was routinely the case that there were hosts for many months out. But lately, there have only been hosts for one or two editions in advance, if that, and the next edition has no host at all as of yet. It's not that there's no more writing on positive atheism; I see it all the time. But it may be that the carnival itself hasn't caught fire among the nonreligious blogosphere as a way of promoting it.
There are several bloggers whom I think really get the mission of the Humanist Symposium, and who have been very diligent in hosting and sending in submissions. I do appreciate their efforts. But I'm hoping for it to be supported by a broader, organic community, not just a dedicated core of a few, and I haven't been seeing that these past months.
So, I put it to you: Is this the end of the road for the Humanist Symposium? Three-plus years is a pretty good run for any blog carnival, I think. Has this carnival run its course? Should it be discontinued?
The 39th Humanist Symposium
Welcome to the 39th edition of the Humanist Symposium! This is a blog carnival for atheists and agnostics with a mission: not considering yet more arguments for or against the existence of God, but taking that as settled, to demonstrate how nonbelievers find happiness and meaning in life, and how a rational perspective informs our view of moral issues. All of today's entries do a marvelous job of advancing that goal, so without further ado, let's get to them:
First up, it's Chris Hallquist of the Uncredible Hallq, who muses on Can Beliefs Change the World?: Thoughts on Self-Confidence. Although being confident gives us no magical powers to shape the world to our desire, a realistic, clear-headed optimism does make us more willing to overcome doubts and more likely to succeed where others might have failed.
Next, it's Jen of Blag Hag, who writes about her experience wearing an atheist T-shirt in an airport. In her case, this social experiment was a resounding success! This just goes to show that being out of the closet and proud is a vital way of advancing the atheist cause.
Michael Fridman of a Nadder! writes about the famous Milgram experiment as it relates to rape. By acknowledging that every person has a potential to act violently, and that the social setting is often the determining factor, we can learn how to construct a culture that discourages these acts from ever coming to pass.
Brent of An Honest Journey Through Mormonism to Intellectual Integrity (now there's a mouthful!) discusses an experience in Ireland meeting several former Catholics, who credited their deconversion to the Internet and the vast amounts of information available there. The truth shall set you free indeed!
vjack of Atheist Revolution answers the rhetorical question, "If you don't believe in an afterlife, why be moral?" Human empathy and reciprocity offer a more than sufficient reason to be good without needing reward or punishment.
On a related note, Cubik's Rube asks: What if you only had a trillion years? It's a clever and original thought: would an almost unimaginably long, but not infinite, afterlife suffice for you to lead a meaningful existence? If in all that vast time you couldn't find ways to make your life worthwhile, then infinity would hardly seem to help - and if you could, then the same argument shows that this life can be meaningful as well, even if it's finite!
C.L. Hanson of Letters from a Broad tackles the old aerodynamic chestnut about bumblebees not being able to fly. When we see something that violates our expectations about how the world works, a humanist should take it as a golden opportunity to learn something new.
Waiting For The Singularity discusses Ice Cream and the Freedom of Dessert. When the arguments over which is the best flavor seem interminable, it's not the role of the state to tell anyone how to satisfy their sweet tooth.
Our next two posts take opposite perspectives on the same issue, showing that there's no creed of beliefs to which all humanists subscribe. She Who Chatters gives her perspective on Ethical Cornerstones, arguing that morality is by nature a subjective construct, while Open Parachute, as part of a series on morality, writes that morality, like mathematics, has an objective basis. Both authors make good arguments; which one do you find more convincing?
Viktor Nagornyy of the Rochester Atheism Examiner writes about the upcoming book 50 Voices of Disbelief, a collection of inspirational stories on why the contributors are atheists.
Russell Blackford of Metamagician and the Hellfire Club analyzes a new law proposed in France: Should we ban the burka? Does living in a pluralistic society require us to respect others' choices, even when those choices are rooted in a tradition of religious oppression?
And last but not least, Rose of the Jewmanist wraps up the carnival with a wonderful post on beauty and purpose. The knowledge that we are all products of evolution gives us good reason to respect the grandeur and diversity of nature, and gives our life true purpose and an almost spiritual sense of connection to all living things.
That concludes this edition of the Humanist Symposium. Our next edition will appear in three weeks at The Evolving Mind, so if you like what you've read here today and want to do your part to advance the humanist cause, please consider hosting or contributing! New authors offering their perspective on the humanist cause are always welcome. You can find guidelines and further information on the carnival homepage.
The 113th Carnival of the Godless
Welcome, new visitors and regular readers, to the 113th edition of the Carnival of the Godless here at Daylight Atheism! I last hosted this gathering of the godless all the way back in July 2006, for its 44th edition, and nearly three years later, we're still going strong. In fact, the carnival has grown considerably - so much so that I decided to feature only one submission from each entrant, for the sake of brevity - but even so, the sheer scope of this post is a welcome testament to the growing outspokenness and influence of atheism in the First World. So, without further ado, let's get to the entries.
To begin with, I'll list my editor's picks: those few entries (out of the many worthy contenders) that especially caught my interest. Whether because they examine an old topic in a particularly new and insightful way, or because they brought up a brand-new issue I'd never considered before, I thought these deserved special mention:
Editor's Pick: Belief Systems & Other BS writes about Weird Beliefs, a former fundamentalist's view of how strange memes serve as identifying markers of one's loyalty to a religious or ideological sect, both in keeping away outsiders and preventing insiders from escaping.
Editor's Pick: State of Protest analogizes that Being an Atheist is Like Accepting the Fact that You Aren't Going to Win the Lottery: a call to face up to worldly responsibility, rather than investing all our hopes and dreams in an improbable payoff.
Editor's Pick: Hank of Dangerous Intersection muses on Muffins and the end of innocence, lamenting that many people prefer to live in darkness and ignorance rather than risk learning the truth, especially if that truth threatens beliefs that are treated as sacred.
Editor's Pick: Travis Morgan writes eloquently of Atheism and hope: what we hope for, what we must come to accept, and how we differ from religious folk in both regards.
Editor's Pick: BroadSnark asks How Are We A Christian Nation?, and brings up an excellent point that had never occurred to me: a large part of the reason why America is majority Christian is because of xenophobic and nativist laws that, for much of our country's history, kept out foreigners who believed differently.
Bombs from the Left Coast proposes an Atheist Manifesto.
Rust Belt Philosophy examines the rational basis for ethics in Goodness me, young man, you've got Philosopher's Disease.
You Made Me Say It considers why it is that theists regularly accuse us of being insincere, and asks who's really showing Intellectual honesty?
Neon Bubble provides a very enlightening, and not at all parodic, Interview with Ray Comfort of banana-creationism fame.
The Imaginary Philosophy reviews Bart Ehrman's new book in "Jesus, Interrupted", Reviewed.
CyberLizard debunks the tale of a preacher who claims to have foreseen 9/11, in a post with the rather unlikely title, THE WORLD'S GOING TO END!!!!111!1ELEVENTYONE!1.
Dubito Ergo Sum ruminates on the distinction between fundamentalists and liberal believers, in On moderate and liberal Christians.
Greg Laden's Blog gives us a synopsis of a talk by Richard Dawkins on purpose in human artifice versus the apparent purposes of the natural world, in Dawkins.... On Purpose.
The Atheist Blogger applies some skepticism to an often-heard statistic about the rates of atheists in prison, in Atheists In Prison, What Are The Facts?
PodBlack Cat proclaims, in a sarcastic commentary on the state of feminism, that I Was Liberated By A Washing Machine And Yet Excommunicated For Standing Up For My Child's Rights.
verywide.net considers the question of what kind of god he could believe in, in What if... I believed?
The Evolving Mind finds echoes of our primate hierarchy in The Shock and Awe of Supernatural Feats.
Greta Christina, of Greta Christina's Blog, turns her sights on a belief system often overlooked by atheist critiques, and writes an essay Against Deism.
VWXYNot? explains her discomfort with simplistic labels in Agnostic about Humanism.
Bay of Fundie finds amusement in creationists trying to draw supportive lessons from a work of fiction that actually supports the exact opposite point, in Access Research Network Announces: Rich Source of Irony Discovered.
An Apostate's Chapel has some searing observations about how religion caused two Christians to view their dying coworker as a way to score god points, rather than a human being in need of sympathy and comfort, in How Religion Ruins Relationships.
vjack of Mississippi Atheists recounts life as a nonbeliever dwelling in the Bible Belt, in An Atheist in Mississippi.
The Invisible Pink Unicorn observes Fox News host Glenn Beck pushing paranoia and xenophobia in a cloak of patriotism and piety, in Glenn Beck Is Mad As Hell.
Living With Mormons has the encouraging news that efforts by Richard Dawkins and other prominent nonbelievers to promote atheism are having a positive effect, in Dawkins will be proud.
And lastly, Whiskey Before Breakfast pens some thoughts about God and the argument from comfort, in something borrowed.
That's all the entries we have for today. Thanks to everyone who participated! The next edition of the Carnival of the Godless will be in two weeks at Deep Thoughts, and we look forward to seeing you there.
The 30th Humanist Symposium
In the fireplace, the flames are burning down to embers, casting flickering patterns of light and shadow on the walls and the wreaths of holly and evergreen that hang there. Outside the windows, the last snowstorm of the year is flurrying down, burying the slumbering earth in a peaceful carpet of white. The falling snowflakes glitter in the dark like tiny stars as they fly past and catch the light from the dying fire.
Most of the guests from the day's gathering have already departed, leaving only a few sitting in the armchairs before the warm tranquility of the fireplace. As seasonal cheer fades into quiet contemplation, the gathering's host, Ebonmuse, clears his throat.
"Thank you, friends, for being here. I have a few more words to say before the last of us seek the comforts of home. The new year is almost upon us, and if you're the kind of person who makes resolutions, we have some things for you to think about tonight. It may be that one of these essays will remind you of the importance of the goals that lie ahead, or give you renewed motivation to strive for the cause of humanism. Here they are:
We begin with Greta Christina, who writes on how to live a meaningful life despite the knowledge that our lives are small and fleeting in a vast and ancient cosmos, in Atheist Meaning in a Small, Brief Life, Or, On Not Being a Size Queen.
Next, Mansur Ahmed argues that we should replace divisive dogmas with a broader conception of love for our fellow human beings, in The Great Religious Divide.
Orna Ross calls for a freethought movement that defines itself in positive terms, in How Free is Your Thinking?
Spanish Inquisitor praises an Australian public school that's planning to offer humanist instruction as an alternative to religious education classes, in Teaching Humanism.
Andrew Bernardin criticizes science journalism that draws unwarranted moral conclusions, in Moralizing Science.
Phil for Humanity calls for a more community-oriented outlook on life, in Less Me, More We.
Alvaro Fernandez interviews Dr. Andrew Newberg on the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, in Meditation on the Brain: a Conversation with Andrew Newberg.
Chris Hallquist writes about the measurable value of people in a society trusting each other, in Faith and trust.
Asmoday looks back on the long, strange, beautifully unlikely trip each of us has taken, in Why You Should Love Yourself.
Burak Bilgin writes on how to find joy in life, in Joy: the Key to Wisdom.
Vjack discusses how Christmas has become a secular holiday, in How Christians Have Secularized Christmas.
Vihar Sheth has some encouraging news about the growth of religious tolerance, in Your God's Cool Too.
verywide.net muses on why atheists care about a future we'll never personally witness, in Some thoughts about this life.
And finally, Michael White discusses the core belief of humanism - that our morality is innate within ourselves and can be discovered using reason - in A Humanistic Outlook.
That's all for now, my friends! We'll reconvene in 2009, when the next Humanist Symposium will appear at An Apostate's Chapel. Until then, good wishes and good health to all of you, and may the new year see the spread of humanism far and wide!"
The Humanist Symposium Needs Hosts
The next edition of the Humanist Symposium will appear tomorrow, Dec. 28, right here at Daylight Atheism (because I haven't hosted since the first one, and I don't see why you lot should have all the fun).
But starting in the new year, our hosting schedule is wide open, and we need volunteers! If you have a blog of your own, please consider stepping up and doing your part to support the atheist and humanist community. First-time hosts are especially welcome, and it can be an excellent way to draw traffic and interest to your blog. The time commitment is minimal, and it can pay significant dividends. If you're interested, please leave a comment here or send me an e-mail.
The Humanist Symposium: Inaugural Edition
It is a brilliant spring morning, and the first-ever gathering of the Humanist Symposium has convened here in the Garden at Daylight Atheism. The crowd of attendees has gathered in a natural clearing delineated at one end by a vast, ancient oak, its upper branches dappled gold in the sun, great weather-worn stones embedded in the ground among its roots, and flowering vines curling around its trunk. At the tree's foot, a wilderness of brilliant blue and red pansy violets grows wild in the grass, their bright petals nodding in the sun like heads deep in thought. After a lingering winter, spring has finally arrived, and there is a rich, ineffable sweetness in the air of life and joy renewed. The land is already vivid green with new growth, though there are buds on every branch still waiting to bloom.
The Humanist Symposium's host and founder, Ebonmuse, takes a place at the head of the gathering and addresses the crowd.
"Welcome, friends, to the inaugural edition of the Humanist Symposium! As you're all doubtless aware, this is a carnival intended to celebrate the virtues of atheism and promote the philosophy of humanism as a beneficial, attainable way of life. I believe the positive aspects of godlessness and freethought need to be more widely known, and I founded this gathering not only to showcase writing on this topic, but to encourage more of it to be produced.
I've been greatly encouraged by the outpouring of responses, and we have a full slate of brilliant and powerful humanist essays for you today. I sincerely hope this edition is only the first of many to come, but that's out of my hands now. Only you, my friends, can determine whether the Humanist Symposium thrives - so if anything you read here today motivates you to consider contributing, please do so! You don't even have to have your own blog or website to take part, as you'll see from some of our featured speakers today.
And now, without further ado, let's get to the contributors.
Leading the way is tobe38, author of A Load of Bright, with a beautiful post that really sums up what the Humanist Symposium is all about: The Credit We Deserve. Being a humanist, and knowing that life is finite, makes it infinitely more precious and meaningful.
In another quietly eloquent post, Everyday Atheism writes of how humanism gives him a feeling of peace and serenity, in Through the Eyes of an Atheist.
Next, David W. of Atheist Self forecasts the future of freethought and offers a strategy for how we can best spread the good news, in Trickle-Up Atheism.
Our next two contributors don't have blogs of their own, but they took the initiative to contribute and I'm glad to have them here with us. First, please give a warm welcome to Jim Coufal and his essay, One Weak Atheist's Source of Morals, on where nonbelievers find the incentive to behave ethically. Next, Patrick Robotham speaks of the many reasons he is glad to be a humanist, in Godless Pride.
Elliptica waxes rhapsodic on the beauty of understanding and metaphor, in The Truth.
C.L. Hanson of Letters from a Broad reviews a recent publication by our very own Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist, in The Good News about Atheists!: Hemant Mehta's I Sold My Soul on eBay.
And speaking of Hemant, he has something to say about The Events That Change Your Life.
BlackSun of Black Sun Journal also offers a review, this one of Matthew Alper's The God Part of the Brain.
In a theistic world, secular humanists can face pressure to conform from unexpected directions. fta of Main Street Plaza deals with the tricky question of what a humanist parent should tell her son in a world defined by religious identity, in "I want to be something".
On a similar topic, Brian Larnder of Primordial Blog gives us a template for how a humanist parent can discuss sexual responsibility with their children in an honest and rational way, in The Talk.
From birth to sex to death, humanism has answers. Heliobates of the promising-looking new blog Sartre's Answering Machine offers a meditation on discussing the end of life with children, in What the Thunder Said.
Is There a Dog? gives a humanist answer to the most basic of all questions, Why be good?
Greta Christina, of the appropriately named Greta Christina's Weblog, offers a humble and profound meditation on the purpose of life, in Why Are We Here? One Agnostic's Half-Baked Philosophy (and she informs me that since writing it, she's taken the final step and begun calling herself an atheist).
JDHURF of Secular Humanism With a Human Face gives another answer to that fundamental philosophical question, in The Meaning of Life.
Vjack of Atheist Revolution explains the basics of secular humanism, a broader and more comprehensive worldview than atheism, in Secular Humanist First, Atheist Second.
The anonymous individual behind Confessions of an Anonymous Coward offers a post that anyone should be proud to take credit for: an essay on the transcendent beauty of our deep interrelation to all life on Earth, in The Wonder of What We Are.
And finally, we have one truly extraordinary piece of writing for you today. I couldn't reach the author to ask his permission, but the Humanist Symposium wouldn't be complete without a piece of such sorrowful and piercing beauty. I wept when I read it, my friends; I think you will too. Daily Kos diarist Mapantsula - a professor at Virginia Tech, and an atheist - tells us how he reacted to the recent horrific tragedy on his campus, in An atheist at Virginia Tech.
That concludes this week's edition of the Humanist Symposium. Thank you, all, for being here with us on this beautiful Sunday morning! Don't forget, the next edition will appear in three weeks at Confessions of an Anonymous Coward, so don't forget to send those submissions in (you can use the BlogCarnival form). Until then, my friends, let's go out into the world and be the best representatives for humanism we can possibly be!"
Some Items of Note
Following my earlier announcement, I'm now very pleased to announce that the Humanist Symposium now has hosts for its first seven editions, up through September 2. My sincere gratitude goes out to everyone who stepped up to volunteer!
Also, the carnival home page, linked above, now offers some graphic logos thanks to Intergalactic Hussy, proprietor of The Atheist Jewish Zen Buddhist, who kindly volunteered her time and effort. Please feel free to download and use them to promote this carnival in whatever way you see fit.
Now that the Humanist Symposium has a home for the time being, all we need are enough entries to keep it going. Judging by the enthusiastic response so far, I'm not too worried. Still, it never hurts to get the good word out, so if you're thinking of writing or submitting a post for this carnival, please do! And if you know anyone else who might be interested, please encourage them to do likewise. So far there've been over a dozen submissions for the first edition, coming up this Sunday, with a few of truly standout quality.
Also, another item of interest: YouTube contributor "FightingAtheist" has turned my essay from Ebon Musings, "The Theist's Guide to Converting Atheists", into a video slideshow. You can watch it here: Part 1, Part 2. If you like it, be sure to thank him for his time and effort!
Announcing the Humanist Symposium
Welcome, friends, well-wishers and regular readers! I have something to tell you all about which I'm very excited. There's an issue that I've been mulling over for some time, and tonight I intend to announce its resolution.
Specifically, I've been thinking about carnivals. The Carnival of the Godless, founded in March 2005 by Brent Rasmussen of Unscrewing the Inscrutable, is a wonderful forum for atheist writing and is still going strong. However, since that time there's been a proliferation of new atheist weblogs, and I think the CotG has gotten just a little crowded. I believe there's more than sufficient interest to sustain multiple godless carnivals, and there are some wonderful, eloquent new voices in the atheist corner of the blogosphere that deserve to be better known and could only be helped by a new forum in which to promote their writing. Also, the CotG has plenty of posts debunking and criticizing religion, but I don't think it has enough of the kind of posts I really like to see: posts promoting atheism as a positive, joyous worldview.
With all this in mind, I'm here tonight to announce a brand-new carnival for atheists and freethinkers: the Humanist Symposium. Like the CotG, this carnival will showcase some of the best non-religious writing out there. However, this one will have a slightly different emphasis. Rather than general posts on atheism and religion, the purpose of the Humanist Symposium will be specifically to defend and uphold atheism as a positive worldview of morality, reason and purpose, a desirable and attractive alternative to belief systems based on religion.
The first edition of the Humanist Symposium will appear right here at Daylight Atheism on Sunday, April 29, and I'm now officially accepting submissions. So long as it furthers the purpose described above, any and all freethought writing is welcomed! (For more details and guidelines, see the carnival home page.) Assuming the first edition is a success, I'm also seeking volunteers to host future editions, which will appear every three weeks thereafter. All correspondence and entries can be e-mailed to me, or sent through the submission form on the carnival home page.
Finally, if you have a blog, even if you don't plan to submit something yourself, you can help get the word out! Feel free to copy and republish this announcement. The Humanist Symposium needs all the entries it can get, and the more we have, the more powerfully we can make the point that atheism is a worldview that any rational person should be glad to live by!
The 29th Carnival of the Liberals
Welcome, welcome, friends and fellow progressives, to the 29th edition of the Carnival of the Liberals! My name is Ebonmuse, my weblog is Daylight Atheism, and I'll be your guide on this tour of some of the best progressive political writing on the Internet.
As the glow of our well-deserved victory in the American midterm elections slowly fades, we should be looking forward to the future. Tomorrow, America's new Democratic Congressional majority will be sworn in, and it's up to us to keep our new leaders on course and remind them whenever they falter of the progressive principles we elected them to uphold. Just as importantly, we need to work on building a political infrastructure to cement our new majority so that we do not have to suffer through another national nightmare like that of the last few years. I believe that the posts in this edition provide some excellent reminders both of why the Republicans lost power and what the Democrats should focus on if they want to keep it. And so, without further ado, here are this week's selections.
The first post in this edition is something a little different. Although I wouldn't ordinarily accept a submission from a conservative blog for a liberal carnival, I had to make an exception for the indisputably serious and sincere Jon Swift. In "John Derbyshire's Wonderful Life", Swift entreats us to remember the neediest group of all: wealthy conservative pundits. It's the holiday season, after all.
Musing on Tony Blair's legacy, Chris Dolley suggests that the soon-to-be-departed prime minister could take a lesson or two from Saparmurat Niyazov, the recently deceased dictator of Turkmenistan who turned his entire nation into a bizarre cult of personality centered around himself.
green | rising explains why the World Trade Organization can and should play a vital role in protecting the environment, in "The World Trade Organization and Sustainable Development".
In "The 2008 Democrat", Staring at Empty Pages analyzes the presidential aspirations of some prominent Democratic politicians who have either already declared their candidacy or are likely to do so, and makes his own choice from among them.
The Largest Minority writes about the execution of Saddam Hussein in "Saddam's Fall: The Hard-Earned Trophy", and asks the provocative question of whether the American leaders who supplied him with the weapons of mass destruction he used to commit his crimes should not also be held to account.
After several decades of steady widening of the wealth gap between the world's rich and the world's poor, there are finally some encouraging indications that the pendulum is beginning to swing back the other way. However, we have a long way to go, as Sox First reports in "Excess all areas on Wall Street".
The next post is on a topic near and dear to my own heart: the fictitious "War on Christmas" invented by religious-right fundamentalists to scare and outrage the flock into opening their wallets each year. Just a Guy Who Reads the Papers - but a guy who has also spent 25 years as a pastor and religious journalist - nails it when he points out that Christians have never been less persecuted than they are in America today.
And Doctor Biobrain's Response Is... considers what types of acts by the President or other elected officials should or should not lead to removal from office, in "Personal Impeachment".
Blue Gal emphasizes the importance of protecting each individual's private choice to worship or not worship as they see fit, and the peril of excessive certainty about which political party God belongs to, in "First Freedom First: Worship...or Not".
The November election of Keith Ellison, America's first Muslim representative, and his subsequent announcement that he intends to take the oath of office on a copy of the Qur'an have driven right-wing bigots up the wall. But when it comes to frothing at the mouth, none of them have outdone Roy Moore, Alabama's disgraced "Ten Commandments Judge", who was himself removed from office for putting his own religious beliefs above the law of the land. Millard Fillmore's Bathtub slams Moore's glaring hypocrisy in "'First, Roy Moore came for Keith Ellison...'"
Finally, there's one more post I couldn't resist including. If the old Latin saying "in vino veritas" is true, there must be a lot of veritas in Divided We Stand, United We Fall's after-dinner post, "Bartender! One more Rum & Mac for the road". Even a drunk in a bar could spot the similarities between outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his predecessor Robert McNamara.
That concludes this edition of the Carnival of the Liberals. Although I couldn't include every post, I'd like to sincerely thank everyone* who submitted something for their effort and their contributions. The next edition of the Carnival of the Liberals will be held on January 17 at Shakespeare's Sister, so show some love and get started writing! We also need hosts, and editions from January 31 onward are open for anyone who wants to volunteer.
* Maybe not everyone. I won't name names, but there was one individual who seemed a little confused about the purpose of this carnival and submitted a post arguing that we have to hate Muslims more and treat them with more cruelty if we want to win the war on terror.
Return of the Carnival of the Liberals
On January 3, the Carnival of the Liberals will be returning to Daylight Atheism for its 29th edition. There's still plenty of time and plenty of space for submissions, so get writing and send in the very best of your unapologetically liberal thought! All topics are welcome, but I'll look with special favor on entries fitting any of the following criteria:
- With the results of the November midterm elections in, progressives have won a great victory in the United States. Now it's up to us to lay a path forward. What should be the top items on the Democratic agenda, and how can we best repair the damage done to this country by six years of conservative domination? Perhaps even more important, how can we cement our new majority so that another destructive resurgence of Republicanism does not happen again?
- What is the strategic relationship between progressive politics and religious faith? Is it necessary or appropriate to discuss one's personal beliefs in public to win elections?
- As liberals, we should consider ourselves citizens of the world. We should be alert and informed about what's happening on this planet and how it affects the lives of our fellow human beings. What are some newsworthy stories occurring around the world that have received little or no attention from the mainstream media?
Entries can be e-mailed to me directly using this address.