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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. The doctor died — July 29, 2014
  2. Guest post: Funny thing about the ‘Let there be no compulsion in religion’ verse — July 29, 2014
  3. Punished by angels from dusk to dawn — July 29, 2014
  4. Logic and rhetoric — July 29, 2014
  5. Not getting it — July 28, 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

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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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Jul 25 2014

Crucified in the main square

ISIS have also been using crucifixion as a punishment. What history wonks they are. A man has survived being crucified by Isis in Syria, after the jihadists raided his village and nailed him to a cross for eight hours. The unnamed man from Al-Bab, near the border with Turkey, was crucified as a punishment, the …

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Jul 25 2014

Good idea

From Blue Nation Review:

Jul 25 2014

So close

Greta has a terrific post on the question of what will you accept in an ally before you decide that’s not an ally after all. I’ve been thinking about that a lot this week, as you’ve seen, and also as you haven’t seen, because I’ve been doing it out of sight. Here’s a crucial bit …

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Jul 25 2014

A Muslim woman is not allowed to marry a non-Muslim

But there is one good thing: Meriam Ibrahim and her family are safe, out of Sudan. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag flew to Rome with her family after more than a month in the US embassy in Khartoum. There was global condemnation when she was sentenced to hang for apostasy by a Sudanese court. Mrs Ibrahim’s …

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Jul 25 2014

“We’re sure ISIS will follow through”

As many people have pointed out here, and far more have pointed out elsewhere, the report that ISIS had ordered all girls/women aged 11 to 46 to undergo female genital mutilation may be a hoax. (Some have said it simply is a hoax, but that’s not clear yet.) But at least it’s not purely a …

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Jul 25 2014

Your ‘victim card’

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More reasoned argument from Team We Hate Feminism – a friendly tweet from Mark Senior, who comments here as mofa. Mark Senior @MarkSenior3 Please accept your ‘victim card’ (hope you have your sense of humour switched on) regards mofa He’s late; I posted that on Facebook yesterday. I also pointed out that the jeans and …

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