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Monthly Archive: August 2012

Aug 28 2012

A secular state is important, but (for me) it’s not enough

Sunday’s post on humanism has gained lots of attention, including the National Secular Society’s, who shared it on their homepage. (Thanks to them for the readers that sent the blog.) One issue I mentioned half way through that post, and that I’ve brought up a lot elsewhere recently, is that I want to focus my …

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Aug 26 2012

‘Problems with the humanist brand’ and why I’m not one

There’s recently been much discussion over A+/atheism plus, and whether or not it’s just humanism. Here’s something James Croft, of the Harvard Humanists, said about it: Many seem to be responding to the “Atheism+” language more readily to the language of “Humanism” … And that speaks to some problem with the “Humanist” brand which people like …

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Aug 16 2012

P.E. lessons ruined how I felt about myself

Recently, John Prescott and I disagreed. The Olympics were nearing a close, and a tweet from Gaby Hinsliff about compulsory PE in schools set us off. His stance was that “we need competitive sport” since “learning how to lose gracefully is just as important as winning”. I was unconvinced, as I was four days previously, when David Cameron demanded, “a revival …

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Aug 08 2012

Born what way? Why Lady Gaga’s hit is a bad anthem

I’m beautiful in my way ‘Cause God makes no mistakes I’m on the right track, baby I was born this way. Catchy, isn’t it? As a song and an expression of self-love, “Born This Way” is great, but I’d argue those four lines show the gay community’s worst faults today. Their line of thought is …

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Aug 01 2012

Going Soul-o: one young atheist’s week at Christian camp (Day Seven)

It’s done. I’ve been home from Soul Survivor twenty-four hours, and I’ve now more or less recovered emotionally and physically. I won’t deny that this project’s been hard – a lot more so than I expected on devising it. (My thanks go out, once again, to the readers of my blog who made it possible.) But …

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