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Apr 08 2014

Forbes – It’s a Free Country for Brendan Eich

If you hadn’t already heard? Brendan Eich stepped down as the CEO of Mozilla, developer of the Firefox Browser after suddenly realising that people who make up both the tech industry and it’s major consumers loathe to deal with a homophobe.

Shocking, I know. Bigots not being tolerated, but there are defenders. And they come from the usual place of libertarians and the supporters of such bigotry. Where what is more important are not the real world repercussions of bigotry but the ethos.

And Forbes’s Tony Bradley weighs in to defend Eich. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 07 2014

Oh Mr. Pickles, learn which way the wind blows

Britain is a “Christian nation” and militant atheists should “get over it”, according to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

I have a confession to make.

I technically helped vote for Mr. Pickles and his party.

I voted Lib Dem, they sold out against labour and joined the POLAR OPPOSITE of themselves to form a government thrusting Mr. Pickles to Rt. Hon. Pickles.

And they made him communities secretary. A man  responsible for among other things, Equality and Community Cohesion.

And Mr. Pickles is quite correct.

The UK and Great Britain have traditionally been “Christian Nations”.

Whoops!

Oh sorry! That wasn’t really Christian but Christianity was part of the system of colonialism…

Or we can bring up the various excesses of Catholic, Anglican and Protestants in the UK towards each other. England may have been Christian but certainly didn’t treat each other in a very “Christian” manner.

And that is without the spectre of religious violence that defined places like Scotland and Belfast.

No, I am afraid Eric Pickles lives in a fantasy where our predecessors didn’t torture each other for wearing the wrong hat lest it offend the SAME god. Being proud of that is just idiotic. And I know Mr. Pickles has been working to create a society that is less diverse by giving Christianity a special place and allowing it into politics through the English Parish Council prayers. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05 2014

Jillboots – The Goal of Feminism

This was rather puzzling, in light of a post I had this shoved into the inbox of my email.

Again, people insist the MRA have nothing but the best intentions for men. And I repeatedly say “they do not, they just hate women and want women to suffer”. They bemoan the loss of historical privilege. Their big complaint is that they have to treat women as equals in a world where they are expected to be considerate of others.

So this is a list, a hilarious list of things that are wrong about what I do. The joke is I never really considered myself as a feminist. Others did. I picked up feminism through simply treating women as equals and being considerate. That’s really all I think you need.  Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05 2014

Ah Pitchguest! You don’t get it and you probably never will

Since you like a bit of fisking, Avi, I’ll indulge you by doing a bit of fisking of my own.

One by one, shall we?

Be my guest. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 04 2014

Learning Ignorance

This one’s from the auto-play advert heaven Christian Post.

Parents of children in 3 Kentucky Public Schools are expressing concern after an secular group set up a booth to allow students to pick up copies of secular texts for free. You say “surely this is half the story” and I say “yes”. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 03 2014

Female Genital Mutilation – An Expansion to the Primer

This is not safe for work, this is not safe for life, this is not safe in general. The following contains images of FGM and vaginas. If you do not wish to see these then please do not read further.

What follows is an image and a discussion on Female Genital Mutilation. It is a complication of the procedure.

When we discuss why a medical condition should be made public particularly of genitals we forget that while people are squeamish, many will say that the usage of squeamish images is insulting to the victims.

How on earth are we to discuss a problem. How are we to discuss a procedure. How are we to discuss the damage caused.

How are we to do ANY of these things without knowing what it looks like? Hence my warning.

Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 03 2014

A Voice for Me – 11 Signs you are a Feminist

I always thought there was one really clear cut sign that you are a feminist.

Do you think women are equal to men apart from minor biological differencees and that women should be treated the same as men?

If the answer is yes. You are a feminist. You may  fall to your knees and scream “NOOOOOO” to the heavens.

Oooooooooooooooo!

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Apr 02 2014

I Don’t Believe in Saudi Arabia

It is illegal to be an atheist in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, such thought is un-Islamic.

But what does that really entail? Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02 2014

Pfft! Physioproffe! Who needs him!

Now that Comradde Physioproffe is leaving you should all know…

I hate him and everything he stands for. Freethought blogs isn’t big enough for two people who make spelling mistakes and swear a lot.

And cooking? Pfft.  Anyone can cook!  Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02 2014

World Vision (Except for the Gays)

World Vision are no longer a humanitarian organisation in my eyes.

See living in the UK, World Vision don’t push their Christian Credentials, so it was rather surprising to find out that they are a Christian organisation. So I went to check their American website. So while the British one has a vague reference to “God” the American one is explicitly Christian.

But this one line from their site got me.

We work in nearly 100 countries, serving all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

But not sexual orientation, but then World Vision is not a force for equality. Okay it may have forgotten that serving all people includes the GLBT?

So I am rather disappointed in World Vision. Read the rest of this entry »

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