Daylight Atheism — New York, NY
Adam Lee is the holder of a graduate degree from Columbia University and the author/creator of Daylight Atheism, one of the largest and most popular weblogs on the Internet whose primary focus is on atheism. His original essays written for the site explore issues in politics, science, history, philosophy, and popular culture.
In addition to writing regular updates for Daylight Atheism since February 2006, Adam Lee has contributed articles to Canadian Freethinker; Freethought Today; Free Inquiry; and Secular Future, the newsletter of the U.K.-based National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies. In his blockbuster book The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins favorably quotes one of Lee's essays, "The New Ten Commandments." Another of Lee's essays won 2009 "Top Quark," the first-place honor for science writing in a contest held by the science and culture blog 3 Quarks Daily. This contest was judged by Harvard professor and noted science writer Steven Pinker and came with a $1000 cash prize. Lee also recently joined the speakers' bureau of the Secular Student Alliance (see that page here), a national group that sends volunteers to speak to atheist student groups at college campuses across the country.
During the 2008 U.S. elections, Daylight Atheism was cited by name in campaign attack ads run by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole and the National Republican Senatorial Committee against her Democratic challenger, Kay Hagan. These ads (see one at here) sought to tar Hagan by connecting her to Daylight Atheism and atheists in general. Despite this concerted campaign of atheist-bashing, Dole lost the election.
Lee is the author of a book, also titled Daylight Atheism, which advances the atheist viewpoint and argues that lack of religious belief is a positive liberation and the gateway to a moral life filled with purpose and joy.
Watch a talk by Adam Lee at Columbia University here.