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Category Archive: Unbelief

Jul 28 2014

Yes, Some People Should Be Shunned

As is usually the case, Greta Christina says what I’ve either said or wanted to say much more eloquently than I could. Following up on my post about the appalling behavior of the “Amazing Atheist” and the equally appalling defenses of that behavior being offered, she makes the case for shunning.

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Jul 26 2014

Why the Rise of Secularism Is a Good Thing

Phil Zuckerman was asked by a journalist if he thinks the growing number of atheists and agnostics and the rise of a sizable secular demographic is a good thing for the country. He gives his answers in a column in Psychology Today and I agree with most of them.

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Jul 17 2014

Another Moronic Claim that Atheists Don’t Exist

Alex Kocman, writing at Matt Barber’s wayward home for clueless dumbasses, seizes on a recent Science 2.0 article that is barely any better to claim that “atheists may not exist.” Funny, I’m pretty sure I exist and I’m pretty sure lots of other atheists do too. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear that they …

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Jul 02 2014

Greta Needs Your Atheist Grief Stories

Greta Christina is already at work on her next book, tentatively titled Grief Beyond Belief: Living With Loss as Atheists and Other Non-Believers, which she is co-writing with Rebecca Hensler, founder of Grief Beyond Belief. If you have stories to share, they might end up in the book. Click here for details.

Jun 27 2014

Nigerian Atheist Declared Mentally Ill

A Nigerian man has been detained and hospitalized after being declared mentally ill, apparently because he said he didn’t believe in God. The International Humanist and Ethical Union is advocating on his behalf and BBC News has the story:

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Jun 24 2014

Anti-Atheist Crackdown Coming in Egypt?

Egypt is hardly known as a haven for religious freedom, even after the military deposed the Muslim Brotherhood leadership. But it appears that things may be about to get worse as the Sisi government prepares for a crackdown on atheists in that country.

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Jun 20 2014

Yes, Please Stop Using the Atheists in Prison Claim

Heina Dadabhoy, who will soon be joining Freethought Blogs, has a thoughtful and important essay at Skepchick explaining why atheists should stop using the “there are very few atheists in prison” argument as a response to claims that religion is morally superior.

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Jun 18 2014

Peter Boghossian: Dismissed From the ‘Adult Table’

I have to agree with Taylor Carr’s assessment of Peter Boghossian and his often simpleminded and childish jabs at religion. I think he’s an example of exactly what we don’t need in atheism, someone who is content with making the lowest common denominator insult rather than the thoughtful criticism. A perfect example is this recent …

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Jun 12 2014

Values and Mixed Marriages

My friend (and boss) Dale McGowan has a new book coming out in a couple months called In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families. Kimberly Winston interviews him about it.

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Jun 06 2014

CFI Launches ‘Keep Health Care Safe and Secular’ Campaign

The Center for Inquiry has a new campaign called Keep Health Care Safe and Secular that will combat a wide range of anti-scientific influences in medicine, from anti-vaccination lies to homeopathy to faith-based denial of treatment. Here’s how they describe the effort:

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Jun 02 2014

Vile Anti-Atheist Political Attack in Tennessee

Heidi Campbell is running for the city commission in Oak Hill, Tennessee on a platform of opposing more commercial development, but her opponents discovered that she’s a secular humanist (or at least was part of a secular humanist group on Facebook) and are using that for a vile attack on her.

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May 28 2014

Why Bart Ehrman is Wrong

CNN has an article about a recent atheist conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Much of it focuses on the difficulties of being an atheist in the Bible belt, but there’s one section in it that jumped out at me. I’m afraid I have to disagree with Bart Ehrman on this one:

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May 28 2014

Heina Dadabhoy in the New York Times

The New York Times did a story about the Women in Secularism conference that took place recently in Alexandria, VA and much of the article focuses on Heina Dadabhoy, who will be joining Freethought Blogs as soon as the redesign is finished (yes, it’s still coming, I promise), and a few other ex-Muslims. She talked …

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May 10 2014

Introducing ‘Openly Secular’

I’m pleased to see the creation of a new coalition, Openly Secular, that will encourage atheists, agnostics, skeptics and humanists to be open about their beliefs if they can and give them a forum for documenting instances of discrimination that may occur.

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May 07 2014

Another Atheist Sign Vandalized

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Yet another atheist sign has been vandalized, but this time it isn’t even a billboard or a sign advocating atheism at all, it’s a road sign that only says that a particular section of the highway is being cleaned up by the Omaha Atheists. Here’s a picture of what was done:

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