Category Archive: atheism

Jun 10 2013

Christian “Love” and Christian Dissociation


(This was written long ago, and I never got round to posting it, but a fresh infusion of Good Christian Love™ has made it quite relevant. So why the hell not?) I’m so tired of this. I’m tired of hearing people prattle on about “God is Love” and what loving, moral people religion makes. It …

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Jun 06 2013

How Many Fires Should the Arsonists be Allowed to Set?

So there’s this thing a lot of decent people (and isn’t it remarkable how they’re almost always men?) have been doing. It happens in public with people like Lee Moore and Michael Nugent playing at being peace brokers; it happens in private, with friends and respected colleagues comparing the harassers and the harassees to the …

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May 28 2013

Ron Lindsay’s Extraordinary Bullshit Part I: Wherein We Have a Discussion About Open Letters

Dissapointed cat

I’ve been meaning to parse and publish this for some time. Remember all the way back when Ron Lindsay published and signed that open letter that wasn’t so much a call for civility as a call to STFU? Remember when people got upset? Yeah. Well. According to the letter, we were supposed to call folks …

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May 22 2013

Help Folks Forcibly Evicted by a Tornado

Y’all have heard about what happened to Moore, Oklahoma, right? You already know an atheist gave Wolf Blitzer the what-for? And there was the good news about the lady and her dog? Coolio. So I don’t have to pitch why you might want to throw some spare change their way. Lots of atheist orgs are …

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Apr 15 2013

50 “Simple” Questions, Me Arse

I thought we were in trouble. Guy P. Harrison’s introduction to his new book 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian set alarm bells a-ringing. “This book is not an attack on Christian people,” the first line says. Fair enough. But then there were all sorts of weaselly, mealy-mouthed words that seemed to shout “Retreat!” “Humble …

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Apr 10 2013

Hey, Richard Dawkins! Women Aren’t Invisible

How the religious right (and, later in pregnancy, Richard Dawkins) view pregnant women. All they can see is a fetus.

So stop treating us like we are. Really, you only seem to notice women when you can use them to conveniently bludgeon religions. You’re super-concerned about how women are treated in the Muslim world because Islam. You call the Judeo-Christian god a “misogynistic…bully,” because hey, great point of attack, amirite? So women might get the …

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Apr 05 2013

Super-Natural Spring

Kitteh in the sun.

Here is a moment: sitting at a picnic table in blazing sunshine and a mild breeze on the most beautiful day of the year. A red-tailed hawk soars in effortless circles overhead. There are chickadees around – I can hear them – and other birds whose calls I don’t know carry on conversations all around. …

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Apr 02 2013

I Think I’m a Little Bit in Love with the American Secular Census

slam dunk

Apparently, there’s an Open Letter to the Secular Community going around. Once again, people are running about in a flutter trying to find ways to make our online dialogue more civil. And once again, they’re missing the point. The American secular census really gets it, though. Their whole letter explaining why they didn’t sign is …

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Mar 29 2013

Now I Wanna Go to Church…

Mah very own Skeptic's Annotated Bible. I loves it and it is mine. My own. My - wait...

No, seriously. I do. I even have my Bible: I seriously do love my Skeptic’s Annotated Bible. I cackled when it came in the mail, and immediately took pictures of it, then took it out of its clear plastic wrapper and took more pictures, then I took it to bed and promptly began reading. About …

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Mar 18 2013

Sexist is Something You Do, Not Necessarily Who You Are

We all slip up sometimes. Image courtesy I Can Has Cheezburger.

Chances are, you’re going to do something sexist. We’re living in cultures drowning in sexism. We’ve been raised with it; we’re swimming in it; like air, we’re so immersed in it we’re often barely aware of it. Makes it rather inevitable we’ll do or say something more or less sexist. Yes, I said “we.” I’m …

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