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Ophelia Benson

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Date registered: August 26, 2011
URL: http://freethoughtblogs.com/butterfliesandwheels/

Biography

Ophelia Benson is a columnist for Free Inquiry and the co-author of The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense, Why Truth Matters, and Does God Hate Women?

Latest posts

  1. She’s down, kick her some more — April 16, 2014
  2. They don’t believe in fictional gods — April 16, 2014
  3. Dial it down, North Dakota — April 16, 2014
  4. When do we get to give informed consent? — April 16, 2014
  5. More from Father Gearoid — April 16, 2014

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Apr 16 2014

She’s down, kick her some more

Another piece of annoying waffle about Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Brandeis, this one in The New Republic. Isaac Chotiner muddles it from the beginning: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken (this is almost a euphemism) Somali-Dutch opponent of Islam, was recently offered an honorary degree by Brandeis University. The school, which apparently only recently became acquainted with …

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Apr 16 2014

They don’t believe in fictional gods

This could happen to anyone. On March 14, 2013, a 63-year-old atheist writer named Aleksandr Kharlamov was arrested in his hometown of Ridder in the east region of Kazakhstan and tried under the country’s Criminal Code Article 164 on charges of “inciting religious hatred” for articles he wrote criticizing religion. According to Forum 18 News Service based …

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Apr 16 2014

Dial it down, North Dakota

North Dakota went a little too far, a judge has ruled. A federal judge has struck down a North Dakota law banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, calling the law “invalid and unconstitutional.” The law, passed by lawmakers in the state just over a year ago, bans abortions as early as six weeks …

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Apr 16 2014

When do we get to give informed consent?

Miri is angry. She’s right to be angry. What’s she angry about? People who don’t know jack shit about psychology making pronouncements about psychology, especially aggressive personal “you don’t have that you liar!!” type pronouncements. Apparently a bunch of Skeptics™ don’t know what posttraumatic stress disorder is, but insist on lecturing those diagnosed with it (or those …

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Apr 16 2014

More from Father Gearoid

After Gearoid O Donchu says he would do nothing different as a result of hearing the confession, so he would let the people who drank the poisoned wine after him drink it and die. Michael responded [5:40] I think anybody listening to this will understand that that is a deeply immoral position – that on …

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Apr 16 2014

Florida leads the way

It’s not just Oklahoma. Florida passed a bill last year barring local governments from enacting mandatory paid sick time laws. The Orlando Sentinel reported on June 14: Florida Gov. Rick Scottdidn’t waste much time in signing a bill Friday that would block local governments from enacting mandatory paid sick time measures, such as the one pending in Orange County. …

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Apr 15 2014

Guest post on “you got politics in my programming”

Originally a comment by DrMcCoy on When openness is taken as an absolute. as few as 1.5% of open source programmers are women [...] chauvinism, assumptions of inferiority, and outrageous examples of impropriety (including sexual harassment at conferences where programmers gather) to a lack of women mentors and role models A shame. really. :/ This …

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Apr 15 2014

That’s absolutely shocking

Michael Nugent and a priest, Gearoid O Donchu, on RTE’s Liveline with Joe Duffy talking about whether priests should report child rapists whose rapes they learn of via the confessional. Michael starts briskly with It’s one of these things where the Catholic church thinks their own internal rules trump the law of the land. They …

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Apr 15 2014

Only male lecturers are assigned

More gender segregation at universities and colleges, this time in Israel. (Sorry about that site – it sticks a share button on the margin where it blocks some of the text and you can’t move either the button or the text. Top notch design, there, Al-Monitor.) Israel is trying to get more ultra-Orthodox to do …

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Apr 15 2014

When openness is taken as an absolute

Another piece about the (cough) unwelcoming atmosphere for women online. Astra Taylor makes the connection between the libertarian worldview of many techy types and the flourishing of misogyny. Despite being held up as a paragon of political virtue, evidence suggests that as few as 1.5% of open source programmers are women, a number far lower than the …

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