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Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 31 2012

Good bye DOMA

On the other hand! A  federal appeals court has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it denies equal rights for legally married same-sex couples. Booyah! Now it will go to the Supreme Court, which will overrule the appeals court. Or not  – I say those things out of settled pessimism about this …

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May 31 2012

A disgrace to the good name of Seneca

Curtis Knapp, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, Kansas, says the government should kill homosexuals. (Whatever happened to small government? What about governs best that governs least? Inquiring minds want to know.) He said it in a sermon. In the sermon, Knapp cites Scripture to back up his point and said among other …

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May 31 2012

At the Café Racer

I went to visit Café Racer this afternoon. I felt a little self-disgust or self-doubt that I wanted to – prurience? Murder porn? What are you doing? – but that went away as soon as I got there, and I’m glad I went. I now think one should make a point of visiting murder scenes. …

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May 31 2012

Irresponsible messaging

So yesterday D. J. Grothe was worried about women not registering for TAM. He said people have been emailing him with wild claims such as “JREF is purported to condone child-sex-trafficking” along with other less wild claims. He thinks the source of this is irresponsible messaging coming from a small number of prominent and well-meaning women …

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May 30 2012

Shooting the messenger

So DJ Grothe says the women who are talking about sexism among the skeptics are scaring away women. …this year only about 18% of TAM registrants so far are women, a significant and alarming decrease, and judging from dozens of emails we have received from women on our lists, this may be due to the …

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May 30 2012

Homicide: life in Seattle

Holy shit. I just walked into the aftermath of a mass shooting. I took the dog for a frolic in a park, as is my wont, and on this occasion we chose little Ravenna park, on the northern edge of the University District.

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May 30 2012

Do you at least agree with the principle?

Guest post by Daniel Fincke of Camels With Hammers, replying to a comment on It was a joke, huh huh huh. May 30, 2012 at 6:49 am  (Edit) 1. It’s not okay to assume that any woman (or non-woman) is at a conference to be your plaything. (I fail to see such an assumption) First: …

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May 30 2012

The girls complained of headaches, dizziness and vomiting

And another thing that’s actually like the actual Taliban. Poisoning 160 schoolgirls in their school is more like the Taliban than a policy against “booth babes” at atheist and skeptic conventions is. Much more. Don’t go thinking you already know about this, as I did when I first saw it, because this isn’t that one, …

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May 30 2012

Something that is actually like the Taliban

Mariz Tadros gives a vastly depressing account of life for women in Egypt. …on the streets of Egypt, inch by inch, bit by bit, women’s rights are shrinking. Women, Muslim and Christian, who do not cover their hair or who wear mid-sleeved clothing are met with insults, spitting and in some cases physical abuse. In the …

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May 29 2012

It was a joke, huh huh huh

Elyse Anders was the keynote speaker at Skepticamp Ohio last weekend, and had an unpleasant experience at the end. Then, at the very end, when everyone was preparing to leave, and I was packing up the Hug Me table, answering questions, and generally socializing with other speakers and attendees, thinking about how fat my check …

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