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Apr 13 2014

Containing Atheism, In Saudi Arabia

There’s a piece decrying atheists— “Contain them!” it opines— But it’s quite a different story If you read between the lines… There’s a very strange article in the Saudi Gazette. On the face of it, atheism is a problem which must be contained: A number of academics and experts have underlined the need for serious …

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Apr 09 2014

Revisionist History in “God’s Not Dead”

So… I was looking at something else entirely, when this popped up as something I might want to read. That’s right, an article at the Christian Post… so you know it has to be true. There are commandments (well, one) against bearing false witness, you know. Anyway… seems part of “God’s Not Dead” (the movie) …

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Apr 08 2014

In Defense Of The “Village Atheist”

The thing about a village is, There’s nowhere you can hide Cos everyone knows everyone (A point of village pride) And should you act distinctively, That act becomes your role A label thrust upon you— Wholly out of your control If your label as an “other” Is too difficult a test, You will monitor your …

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Mar 24 2014

It’s Protective Custody, That’s What It Is.

Once again, recent events call out an older verse. I fucking hate it when that happens. [...S]ome civil libertarians and women’s rights advocates worry that if Gibbs is convicted, the precedent could inspire more prosecutions of Mississippi women and girls for everything from miscarriage to abortion — and that African Americans, who suffer twice as …

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Mar 04 2014

A Humanist Prayer In The Arizona House Of Reps

Ok, this is really beautiful. Via Matthew Hendley writing for the Phoenix New Times blogs, we read that a second humanist representative, Juan Mendez, has had the chance to deliver the opening prayer for the Arizona House (the first was last May). Monday’s prayer wonderfully combines William Cleary’s “Grace to Shout” with Audre Lorde’s “Litany …

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Mar 02 2014

On Debating Christian Apologists

Debating an apologist? Get ready for a fight Cos you’ve got an obligation To get all the science right— If you overstep your knowledge Just a little, and you’re caught, Then you’ve lost the weight of science And you only get one shot If your expertise is physics, Or biology, or psych, Best to know …

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Mar 01 2014

“Protestant Work Ethic” Vs. “Atheist Work Ethic”

The “protestant work ethic” Was, we assumed, Underlying the gains we had made. A secular ethic, it’s Clear, left us doomed— And an atheist one, much afraid! Our country was built on the Fear of a God Who would smite us for sloth (it’s a sin) We have to believe, or It’s all a façade— …

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Feb 27 2014

Bad News From North Carolina: Christian Love Strikes Again

I thought I saw an atheist Among the kids at school Who didn’t understand that, here, The Christian bullies rule You may call it “brave” or “foolish” But she dared to show her face I may have seen an atheist… They put her in her place. I thought I saw an atheist, According to report, …

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Feb 26 2014

Conservative? Check. Republican? Check. Atheist? Hang On There, Missy…

My mother-in-law is an atheist And conservative, too, to the core She’s a staunch and a lifelong Republican But lately, I wonder, “what for?” They claim that she ought to be Christian That her outlook on life is all wrong She’s in love with the party of Reagan But feels, now, she doesn’t belong Could …

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Feb 26 2014

Arguing Atheism At NPR

I have class coming up soon, so not much time to write, but I wanted to alert you to a story on NPR about the San Diego Coalition of Reason’s atheism booth. As always, the comment section is where the fun is. Even among NPR listeners (so, trust me, it is worlds better than the …

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