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Monthly Archive: March 2008

Mar 09 2008

“What would convince you?”

Christians often get frustrated with atheists. They complain that no argument is good enough, that we must be even more dogmatic in our unbelief than they are in their belief. You see this whine reflected in the swiftness with which believers, desperate to refute Dawkins and the “new atheists,” began referring to them as “atheist …

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Mar 08 2008

Blasphemy is, as they say, a victimless crime

Over in the UK, the population may be predominately non-religious, or at least indifferent to religion, in stark opposition to the way Americans can’t seem to get enough of the stuff. But it’s only been this week that the House of Lords* voted to strike down the nation’s laws against blasphemy. Nice of them to …

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Mar 06 2008

Something from Nothing

There are certain Xian fabrications that just won’t die. It’s like getting one of those bad e-mail claims that you know before you type in “snopes.com” is going to turn out to be a fraud. It’s a fraud. It’s listed as a fraud at fraud-checking sites. And yet, here it is, again, in your in-box. …

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Mar 05 2008

You don’t take me seriously, but I’m disrespecting YOU?

I found an odd irony in an exchange recently. On another blog someone asked if atheists can expect fair treatment from presidential candidates who state their religious beliefs are very important to them in their own lives. While I do think it’s possible for a person to value X, but still understand and respect others …

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Mar 05 2008

Good news from home, plus open election thread

Yeah, I was a little bummed that Hill squeaked by Barack in Texas last night. But he still leads in delegates, so we’ll just have to see how the next batch of primaries go. But the news this morning that is chock full of awesome is that Pat Hardy won re-election to the SBOE! This …

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Mar 03 2008

First the Rolling Stones, now…

Check that last date. Austin’s been getting all the best tours lately! Expect a detailed report.

Mar 03 2008

On “voting your atheism” and Ellen Johnson’s radicalism

Recently, American Atheists president Ellen Johnson caused a slight tremor on the blogosphere’s Richter scale when she opined in a video commentary that atheists should “stay home during the general election in November” because “we are ignored.” This raised the ire of at least a handful of folks, among them AC Chase, who called for …

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