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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. Back you go — April 24, 2014
  2. He’s often wondered — April 24, 2014
  3. The sad fact is — April 24, 2014
  4. Guest post on why secularism matters — April 24, 2014
  5. Real enough? — April 24, 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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Apr 23 2014

Feminist art

Rebecca does rewards for her Patreon thingy, where people can request items they want. Secular Woman requested a drawing about the current state of the secular movement, so she obliged. I’ve never done a political cartoon before so this was very exciting. I decided to draw a picture of something that from what I understand actually …

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Apr 23 2014

Built on Christian values

I guess Labour people are panicking about the Forcible Christianity Gap, and rushing to catch up with David “we are a Christian country” Cameron. Jack Straw says that the way to deal with Islamist takeovers of state schools is to do a Christianist takeover instead. I take it he’s never heard of secularism? Muslims must …

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Apr 23 2014

If you close your eyes, you will disappear

One quick bit of stupid to smack because I just saw it so it’s fresh in my mind – Dan Fincke has a (public) mini-essay on Facebook making the point that it’s not very humanist or reasonable or compassionate to respond to a woman who says she has PTSD from verbal abuse by assailing her …

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Apr 22 2014

“Get the hell out of my race”

A story told by “A Mighty Girl” (which is a group) on the eponymous Facebook page. In celebration of today’s Boston Marathon, we’re sharing the dramatic story of the first woman to officially run the historic race. Kathrine Switzer’s experience is a revealing illustration of the barriers that trailblazing women athletes had to overcome and of …

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Apr 22 2014

More than any other means

Governor Chafee’s declaration of May 1 as Reason Day is really very cool. Governor Chafee has proclaimed May 1 as “A Day of Reason’’ in Rhode Island. His proclamation begins: “Whereas, the application of reason, more than any other means, has proven to offer hope for human survival upon Earth by cultivating intelligent, moral and ethical interactions …

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Apr 22 2014

My favorite cat

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Apr 22 2014

Pleasantries

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God’s fans are up in arms, of course.

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Apr 22 2014

Under god

The AHA press release: Contact: Merrill Miller, [email protected], 202-238-9088 ext. 105 David Niose, [email protected], 202-238-9088 ext.119   (Washington, DC—April 21, 2014)—A lawsuit was filed against a school district in New Jersey on behalf of a local family that objects to their child’s school conducting regular Pledge of Allegiance recitation with the words “under God.” The case was …

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Apr 22 2014

For ALL

Hey look at that – via the American Humanist Association – Notice the huge emphasis on “ALL” – in the 1940s, when racism and sexism and homophobia were barely on anyone’s radar, even the people oppressed by one or all of them. But also notice the pre-McCarthy absence of that deity guy.

Apr 22 2014

Meow mix

Did you notice the shout-out to cat lovers in the ManBoobz post? I’ll replay it for you in case you didn’t. Men’s Rights blogger The Native Canadian put it this way: PTSD from being a feminist on the internet? Yeah I bet she wakes up screaming at night because of all the mean words! Must be …

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