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Jun 18 2013

The not even a non-apology apology

Most of my criticism of Ron Lindsay and, by extension, the CFI, has been about terrible communication in response to an initial mis-step.  Ron Lindsay had the good sense to apologize for writing a nasty blog post about Rebecca Watson, though he continued to be quite adversarial in tone, even in the apology. In the world of …

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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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May 20 2012

Liveblogging the Women in Secularism Conference VI

10:34 Any way to push women’s rights in politics? Jamila: Until there are more women in office they will have to compromise everything to get anything. Run. Pay to play. Organize on the internet. Women do not right op eds, letters to the editors. Op Ed Project, google them, get in your local paper, pitch …

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May 19 2012

Liveblogging the Women in Secularism Conference V

5:36 She has been accused of being hateful and spreading hate. She doesn’t know how to bridge the gap between left and right. And she’s been called racist for speaking out. Forbidding burqas? Very good, excellent, I hope they will apply it in every country in Europe Are there resources to learn more? Look for …

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May 19 2012

Liveblogging the Women in Secularism Conference III

Lunch 12:30 How can incorrect data at congressional hearings? One of the most important things we can do is correct the record. How do you answer the comments that Stanton and Anthony were anti abortion? Abortion was illegal and women died when they were done. They would not be anti abortion today. Medical science is …

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May 19 2012

Liveblogging the Women in Secularism Conference II

10:57Jen was asked how she would ever find a husband if she was an atheist. I’ve gotten the response of don’t you want a family. I know that feel. Ophelia wants to add pop culture and it has eliminated women in the past few decades. The absence of women here is about absence of women …

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May 19 2012

Liveblogging the Women in Secularism Conference I

10:00 Minority outnumber white babies panic. Rebecca would like to defend skeptics from the charge of being more male and more conservative, but she cannot. Rebecca talks about feminism and skepticism, NH would have forced doctors to give pseudoscience to women before abortions, angry emails were sent in that misinformation given to women seeking abortion …

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May 17 2012

Women in Secularism Conference 2012

Tomorrow I’m going to be getting up bright and early to do all of those things I haven’t finished doing tonight in order to only be woefully behind when I get back home on Sunday, because I’m driving up to Washington, DC to go to the Women in Secularism Conference. I was going to just …

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