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Jul 02 2014

Find me at CONvergence and SSA East

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Hello all I will be speaking at both CONvergence and SSA East, and I’m getting an awful lot of stage time! This is a preview for anyone interested. CONvergence You can start looking out for me at about 1pm Friday at CONvergence. FRIDAY, July 4th 5pm Paranormal Romance vs Urban Fantasy With the popularity of paranormal romance, …

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Mar 08 2014

More hate from racists – Coalburner edition

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In case you have ever wondered whether I continue to get racist comments for having, of all terrible things, dated someone who was not white and discovered that my DNA was not 100% white, the answer is yes, I still get hateful shit. My number one incoming link for the last couple weeks has been …

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Nov 11 2013

To those of us fighting the good fight

I wrote this, originally, to console someone who was sick to death of her efforts being met with rape threats and death threats and inaccurate accusations.  I debated posting it, knowing it would undoubtedly bring with it some backlash.  I spend my free time volunteering for atheist, humanist, and skeptic causes only to be constantly …

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Oct 25 2013

Atheism as Social Justice

Social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political, and social rights and opportunities. Sarah Jones wrote a post yesterday about why, despite the fact that she’s an atheist, she is not a secular activist.  This made me think long and hard about how our movement receives wonderful activists who agree with us …

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May 19 2013

Taking it Personally: Privilege and Women in Secularism

Illustration by Tom Gauld for The Guardian

There is a tendency for people to take criticism of ideas personally.  It’s true of all people, though I noticed it particularly this weekend at the Women in Secularism conference.  People also have a bad habit of criticizing individuals rather than their ideas.  I do not claim freedom from this tendency, although I do work …

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Feb 05 2013

Ashley Speaking in Chapel Hill Next Monday

If you are in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area and like Freethought Blogs and/or me and/or the topic of social justice movements and religion, then have I got good news for you! I will be speaking at UNC-CH for their SSA (Secular Student Alliance) and SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Alliance) groups. Monday, February 11, …

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Feb 04 2013

A couple of things

1. Here is a brilliant post summarizing the treatment that many women in the secular movement have faced in the last several years and the negative effects of that treatment. http://www.secularwoman.org/opportunity_%20and_%20access_freethought It’s a great piece, I am only jealous that I did not write it. 2. If you scroll down the page a bit until …

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Sep 05 2012

Sometimes the bad guys win

It was very refreshing for me to spend the weekend at the skeptic conference at Dragon*Con this weekend.  When you spend most of your time working in this movement online, it can lose a lot of its appeal.  In real life, most of the people I know who care about atheism and skepticism are really …

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Aug 20 2012

The difference between “atheism+” and humanism

I am an atheist.  I am also a humanist.  Being a humanist is actually far more important to my worldview than being an atheist is.  In fact, the reason I care about religion and atheism is because I am a humanist.  In my opinion, organized religion is responsible for many evils in the world, a …

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Aug 19 2012

Todd Akin and how the Christian Right’s delusion of an all-powerful God hurts people

I am about as far from the Christian Right as you can get, religiously and politically, and it’s not always apparent how closely that religious fervor is related to what I think of as the most cruel and stupid of the beliefs that the right-wing clings to. Todd Akin, current representative and Senate nominee, said …

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