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Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 30 2011

Occupy the Moment! An Interview with Author Rick Heller

Author Rick Heller is the editor of the online magazine, The New Humanism, a publication of the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University. Rick’s new ebook is a compelling look at the Occupy Movement entitled Occupy the Moment: A Mindful Path to a New Economy. His writing has appeared in The Humanist, Tikkun, Free Inquiry, UUWorld, …

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Dec 27 2011

Our Feminist Future

By Sikivu Hutchinson from The Feminist Wire On the school grounds they call each other bitches with machine gun fury. This is the “new” term of “endearment”; a grand show of eye-rolling, teeth-sucking hardness to a world that chews them up, spits them out, and leaves them for dead, stranded between Virgin Mary and Jezebel. …

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Dec 26 2011

Should a Woman Feel Sad About Her Abortion? F*!%k No!

  By Sunsara Taylor from Sunsara’s Blog   There is absolutely nothing wrong, tragic, unfortunate, or sad about a woman choosing to get an abortion. Nothing.   Why?   Because being forced to have a child against your will is enslavement. Period.   Why else?   Because fetuses are NOT babies. Fetuses have the potential …

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Dec 22 2011

Religion in Black Life

By the Anti-Intellect: For me, being a Black atheist means thinking critically about the role of religion in the lives of Black people. For far too long, few have written about the negative aspects of religion in Black life, preferring only to write about the positives aspects. Yes, religion was something that our ancestors called …

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Dec 20 2011

Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers

On February 26, 2012 Black Skeptics Los Angeles will join with other black non-believers’ groups to observe a Day of Solidarity (DOS).  This annual event was conceived by Donald Wright, author of The Only Prayer I’ll Ever Pray: Let My People Go.  Wright is a member of the Humanists of Houston.  We recently spoke with …

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Dec 16 2011

Christopher Hitchens on Mother Teresa revisited

By Frederick Sparks This was the first Hitchens piece I read, and it blew me away. Who was this man with the intellectual courage to challenge the popular conception of Mother Teresa? It was seminal in inspiring me to develop and enhance my critical thinking skills. From there I discovered his previous contributions, which were intimidatingly impressive in their …

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Dec 12 2011

The New York Times: Unbelievable!

By Naima Washington I’ve spent several days thinking about Emily Brennan’s recent article on African American ‘unbelievers.’  As I understand it, the research for her article which ran on Sunday, November 27, 2011, began in 2010. I contacted Ms. Brennan but decided that I couldn’t really contribute to her work since she indicated that she was …

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Dec 12 2011

Damn Tim Tebow…

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I got texts from 3 different disgruntled non-believing friends when that game went final. Now of course we know we have the better argument : “You want me to believe in a god that allows 29,000 children to starve to death in a three month period is somehow intervening in Tim Tebow’s success on the football field?” And so …

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Dec 10 2011

2011: Year of the Black Atheists

By Frederick Sparks OK, the title may be a tad hyperbolic, but in 2011, we have seen increased media coverage of black nonbelievers. Sikivu Hutchinson’s must-read Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics and the Values War was published in February, garnering rave reviews and enhancing the demand for the author as a speaker on the …

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Dec 08 2011

Faith Pimps, Secular Conspiracies

By Sikivu Hutchinson In American politics, patriotism, race-baiting and faith-based pandering are the last refuge of a scoundrel.  And this political season militant GOP appeals to white Christian evangelicals have veered into neo-Cold War hysteria. One of the most powerful scenes in Orwell’s 1984 was when Party member O’Brien succeeds in brainwashing protagonist Winston Smith into …

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