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Tag Archive: Religion

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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Sep 12 2012

I get e-mail: Mitt Romney is super likable

Sometimes I get e-mail that I have to share. Subj: FW: Why should we vote for Mitt Romney when he is such a despicable unlikeable guy? This is the man who should be President of theUnited States! A lot is being said in the media about Mitt Romney not being “likable” or that he doesn’t “relate …

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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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Mar 22 2012

Religious Child Abuse — Special Rights for Religion means sexual, physical, and mental abuse

Sean Faircloth is the writer of the excellent book that I am currently reading on my kindle, “Attack of the Theocrats! How the Religious Right Harms Us All“.  He also has some very impressive speeches that he’s given over the past several years working with the Secular Coalition of America and the Richard Dawkins Foundation; …

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Dec 11 2011

Why does anyone like Ron Paul?

I’ve been trying to understand why smart people I know support Ron Paul and I just can’t get my head around it.  I get the sense that maybe the Ron Paul People I know just don’t realize what Ron Paul’s all about. That or they just don’t care. The Ron Paul People I know are …

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Apr 20 2011

Derren Brown vs Faith Healing

There are few things more difficult for the skeptic to let go of than their faith in their own intelligence.  After all, recognizing the untruth of something lots of people believe in (gods, psychics, bigfoots) does give one a sense of intellectual superiority.  I've certainly been guilty of a sort of mental vanity that is …

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Feb 28 2011

Emotions Are Not The Enemy

When I was an adolescent, I really wanted to be Mr. Spock. I thought that being hyper-logical and unemotional would be far better than being hyper-logical and hyper-emotional. I think there is a particular kind of self-loathing that kids develop when they’re far more intellectually developed than they are emotionally developed, like I was, and …

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Feb 26 2011

I don’t understand religion part 923

How can a person hold these two thoughts in their head? 1. The universe is too complex to simply exist, it must have been created 2. God, something so complex it can create and control universes, doesn’t require a creator It seems to me that you can have two viewpoints that are internally consistent.  You …

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Nov 07 2010

Bishop Gene Robinson to Retire Early

Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly non-celibate gay bishop of the Episcopal Church is going to retire early because of the non-stop death threats he continues to get from Christians. You know, there are always calls for Muslims to speak up against terrorism, but I’d like some Christians to publicly come out supporting the Bishop …

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Oct 22 2010

African American Freethinking

As a relatively rare woman in the humanist/atheist/freethinker etc. movement, I have an interest in the demographics of said movement.  There are many, many thoughts as to why there are so few women and so few people of color and I always find it fascinating to hear the stories of difficulties coming to terms with …

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