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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

Author's posts listings

Jul 24 2014

Guest post: Saying antifeminist things seems to be the path to YouTube stardom

Originally a comment by Tom Foss on Credit where it’s due.  Link to this comment This JG kerfuffle, is, though, inconsequential bullshit as far as I can see. The atheist and skeptical communities have made their names on calling out and arguing against bad arguments and strawmen. Why would we stop when those bad arguments …

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Jul 24 2014

I refuse to do the job, so you have to hire me

At Slate Amanda Marcotte considers the expanding definitions of “religious freedom.” Is “religious freedom” about being free to practice your faith, or just a generic cover story for any and all attempts to try to foist your beliefs on others? In this era of Hobby Lobby vs. Burwell, it’s understandable that many on the right …

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Jul 24 2014

Universal FGM

Warning – bad stuff. The BBC reports: A top UN official in Iraq has said the Sunni Islamist group Isis controlling the city of Mosul is seeking to impose female genital mutilation. All females aged 11 and 46 in the northern city must undergo the procedure, according to an Isis edict, UN official Jacqueline Badcock …

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Jul 23 2014

Guest post: Feel free to reach out to me privately

Originally a comment by leni on You said it yourself, you’re a writer, not a diplomat. One of my pet peeves is a lack of direct communication, if you’re a friend or a friend of a friend I wish that they would try to actually talk to me before making things a public issue The …

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Jul 23 2014

The universities were breaking the Equalities Act of 2010

Nick Cohen talks about the confusion of people who think equality and diversity come in one package like fish and chips. If you need me to rehearse the argument again after all these years, here it is, one more time. In a free society you are or should be free to believe what you want. …

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Jul 23 2014

The 17 women currently incarcerated

Salvadoran feminists are pushing back against their country’s nightmare abortion laws. Salvadoran feminist and women’s organizations are waging an international campaign demanding a pardon for the 17 women currently incarcerated in El Salvador for abortion, in hopes of challenging the country’s harsh anti-abortion laws and beginning to change the anti-choice views held by the vast majority of …

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Jul 23 2014

Congratulations Michael

I think you already know this news, but this is an official announcement of it, which is all the better. CFI’s Michael De Dora Elected President of UN Religious Freedom Committee We’re proud to announce that Michael De Dora, CFI’s director of public policy and main representative to the United Nations, has been elected to a …

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Jul 23 2014

The right to hire people who will uphold the ethos of the organisation

The Iona Institute is having a think about what is “discrimination” and what is “a religious exemption.”  There are currently calls to repeal Section 37 (1) of Ireland’s Employment Equality Act: the law’s opponents argue that it allows schools, hospitals and other organisations with a religious ethos to discriminate in their hiring against those whose lifestyles …

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Jul 23 2014

It’s not personal

Sigh. I have someone badgering me via private messaging on Facebook trying to push me to agree that Jaclyn Glenn is a feminist, it’s just that she’s “a liberal feminist who doesn’t agree with radical feminism.” I don’t know, that may be the way she sees herself, but it’s not what she’s said in any …

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Jul 22 2014

Let girls be girls

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