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Ophelia Benson

Author's details

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. Not getting it — July 28, 2014
  2. Reasoning with people who want to spike the heads of their adversaries — July 28, 2014
  3. If Chuck Norris — July 28, 2014
  4. Not Diogenes — July 28, 2014
  5. Hey Christina Hoff Sommers — July 27, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Jim Jefferies — 606 comments
  2. Bullying at 35 thousand feet — 556 comments
  3. I’m out — 535 comments
  4. A man generally cannot know — 389 comments

Author's posts listings

Jul 28 2014

Not getting it

Not getting it. There are of course people not getting it. Lots of them. There’s Phil Giordana for instance, on Dan Fincke’s public FB post on the statement. No, sadly. it will be another excuse for the mob to do as they please and cast away any semblance of rationality or honesty. Don’t accommodate the …

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Jul 28 2014

Reasoning with people who want to spike the heads of their adversaries

Nadette De Visser at the Daily Beast reports on a recent demonstration in The Hague (Den Haag): “Death to the Jews” chanted the crowd waving the black flags of the Islamic State, or ISIS as it used to be known. They were looking for new supporters for their cause, the creation of a worldwide caliphate …

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Jul 28 2014

If Chuck Norris

Well, that makes a nice summary of everything I fear and hate. If I were elected president I would Tattoo an American flag with the words, “In God we trust,” on the forehead of every atheist.” – Chuck Norris It’s got it all – sadism, compulsory nationalism, compulsory theism, total ignorance of US history, even …

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Jul 28 2014

Not Diogenes

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Mark Senior continues to be eager to let everyone know that he’s not going to pay any attention to any statements on the merits of disagreeing without being abusive about it. Hell no! Nobody tells Mark Senior not to act like an asshole!! Mark Senior will act like an asshole as much as he wants …

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Jul 27 2014

Hey Christina Hoff Sommers

Christina Hoff Sommers seems to be getting more unpleasant – or maybe just more active on Twitter, or maybe just retweeted by more people I happen to see. At any rate I find her increasingly unpleasant. I saw one tweet of hers this morning that was so obnoxious I replied to it. Christina H. Sommers …

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Jul 27 2014

What have you got against flamingoes anyway?

Latsot (Look at the state of that) lists some of the tropes, in a comment at oolon’s place. Quoted with permission. It would be too depressing to describe all the ‘arguments’ against rape culture I’ve seen, but it might be fun to list some of the tropes. For an especially masochistic definition of ‘fun’. Some …

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Jul 27 2014

In a material world of blind indifference

One rather peculiar response from a reverend: @CLGrossman @RichardDawkins @OpheliaBenson Well said but why/ How? In a material world of blind indifference who decides what is is “civil”[?] That’s not peculiar for a reverend*, of course, but it’s peculiar in itself. Who decides? Human beings decide. We decide because we’re the ones affected. We decide because …

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Jul 26 2014

Haw haw

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Not everyone is board, but we knew that.

Jul 26 2014

Joint statement by Ophelia Benson and Richard Dawkins

Joint statement by Ophelia Benson and Richard Dawkins It’s not news that allies can’t always agree on everything. People who rely on reason rather than dogma to think about the world are bound to disagree about some things. Disagreement is inevitable, but bullying and harassment are not. If we want secularism and atheism to gain …

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Jul 26 2014

Decks

Have a friendly set of caricatures, for purposes of comparison. Crispian Jago’s deck of “Skeptic” cards from 2011. (Some of the people in the deck don’t fit the category very well – Dennett, Aaronovitch, Grayling, Hitchens, Peter Singer, Andrew Copson – they’re not primarily skeptics, not professional Skeptics.) The caricatures are done by Neil Davies. …

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