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Monthly Archive: August 2011

Aug 17 2011

The Mennonite mass rapes

I hate to follow one horrifyingly depressing rape story with another, but this needs to be shared. File this one away in “Proof Religion Doesn’t Automatically Make You a Good Person.” If you can find room, that is (emphasis mine): Wall is among 130 women and girls of the Mennonite colony in Manitoba Colony, who …

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Aug 17 2011

Girl expelled for being raped, then raped again

Disgusting (emphasis mine): According to the Springfield News-Leader, the 7th grade special ed student at Republic Middle School in Springfield, MO reported her rape in the spring of 2009. The lawsuit alleges that school officials told her they didn’t believe her, and after “multiple intimidating interrogations,” she recanted. The lawsuit also notes that a school …

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Aug 17 2011

Suspect arrested in Mabus case

Says a tweet from the Montreal Police. Who knew an internet petition could actually do something. I’m going to assume it’s Mabus, since he’s been particularly quiet lately. Unless there’s a surprise twist, and Mabus’s mom was the one sending all of the threats. Or if the internet was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Mabus …

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Aug 17 2011

Atheists no longer the most unpopular group in America!

We’re now ahead of… the Tea Party. Oh gee. A bunch of selfish illiterate racist godbothering wackadoodles who aren’t smart enough to google “teabagging” before they start national campaigns. Good to know we barely have more support from the general public than those guys. I’m not sure whether I should be hopeful or full of …

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Aug 17 2011

Fighting religion in public schools

Jessica Ahlquist‘s talk from the Secular Student Alliance annual conference is online. I can confidently say it was my favorite talk of the whole conference – and that’s competing with excellent talks by Greta Christina, PZ Myers, Jamila Bey, and David Silverman. In other words, I order you to watch the whole thing right now. …

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Aug 16 2011

Indiana hits new low of homophobic bigotry

UPDATE: From the original source: “Alfarena Ballew from the Marion County Coroner’s office called to offer this statement, “Her friend and her aunt are working together with the life partner to take care of the remains. We have nothing in writing from the partner asking to claim the body. Our records show that the next …

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Aug 15 2011

I think he takes landLORD a little too literally

It’s no secret that I hate my apartment. tl;dr I have no privacy, I’m getting ripped off on my electric bills (which he once refused to pay), I don’t have control over the heat or internet, and the place is infested with spiders. Seriously, I’ve killed about one a day since I moved in. Last …

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Aug 14 2011

The reason why you’re single

No, it’s not because you have reasonable standards of attraction and Seattle is just filled with ugly bitches who are deluded into thinking they’re prettier than they are. It’s because you’re a self absorbed douchebag. This seems like a brand of Nice Guy Syndrome, but slightly different. “Nice Guys” focus on how women don’t appreciate …

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Aug 12 2011

It’s like the atheist equivalent of duct tape

Hemant and I have neighboring rooms in the hotel that are joined by a shared door. We were having trouble keeping the doors open until Hemant had a great idea:Finally, those hotel Bibles are useful!

Aug 12 2011

Off to Omaha!

I’m about to hop on a plane to the Midwest Humanist and Freethought conference! I’ll be yet again ranting about how religion treats women (Hint: not well). I’m not going to lie. I know nothing about Omaha. I drove past it once on my way to an Ecology conference in Lincoln. I’m sure the locals …

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