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Monthly Archive: April 2014

Apr 30 2014

Anne Marie Waters resigns from the NSS

After writing yesterday of the anti-secular UK Independence Party, expressing concern its newly announced candidate for Basildon Anne Marie Waters sat on the National Secular Society’s board of directors, I received this statement minutes ago from the NSS: On 30 April 2014 Anne Marie Waters resigned from the NSS council of management upon becoming a …

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Apr 29 2014

4 questions for Anne Marie Waters and secularists voting UKIP

Britain’s European elections are in three weeks, with the right-wing UK Independence Party predicted first place. This blog’s core readers aren’t likely to vote for them, but the party has startling support in parts of UK secularism. Anne Marie Waters, who serves on the National Secular Society’s board of directors, was this month announced as …

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Apr 28 2014

Thank you for donating

On Friday I asked readers of this blog to support it through donations – partly to keep writing (blogging especially) viable for me and partly to make sure the month’s rent was paid. I’ve received enough, despite the unexpected needed for a new laptop cord, to make the latter issue much less pressing. A world of …

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Apr 25 2014

Please donate to support this blog

Update. This January, I wrote a piece for AlterNet on how the secular community could help the less well-off in its ranks participate. The piece, to my delight, was well received. (I later based a talk on it.) I’ve written other godless pieces, since starting this blog last August, that people appear to have liked: …

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Apr 24 2014

Bisexuality’s supposed ease: another letter to Dan Savage

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April 6’s post, taking to task the warping of a two-syllable mumble by Tom Daley, did quite well. Those who shared it included Dan Savage at the Stranger, who’d joined the chorus hailing him as a former fake bisexual. ‘Daley will never have a sexual relationship with a woman again,’ Andrew Sullivan had written months …

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Apr 19 2014

Sexual identity, secularity and politics: Alex Gabriel and Greta Christina in conversation

Greta Christina’s latest book hit shelves this week. She and I sat down to talk atheism, (bi)sexuality and politics. Here, in full, is what we said.

Apr 18 2014

Secularism is not PC. Britain’s government should know

Gordon Brown never managed to live down his tongue-tied boast he’d saved the world. If that came to be his defining gaffe, David Cameron’s claim last week to be continuing God’s work surely has similar potential. ‘Jesus invented the Big Society’, he told Christian authorities at Downing Street a week ago. ‘I just want to …

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Apr 14 2014

A media that paints puritans and fanatics as mainstream forfeits its right to condemn them

Asif Quraishi, better known as drag queen Asifa Lahore, sits unassumingly in a TV studio. ‘One question I’d like to ask’, he says, ‘is when will it be all right to be Muslim and gay?’ The programme is Twitter-powered BBC Three debate series Free Speech, whose host Rick Edwards (of Tool Academy and, unexpectedly, Cambridge) …

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Apr 04 2014

No, Tom Daley didn’t just call himself a gay man

Five months after insisting he still fancied girls, Tom Daley, who came out as bisexual last December in an emotional YouTube video, has made a new announcement: last night, the 19-year-old admitted he only wants to be with men and says he is no longer attracted to women, confirming that he is actually gay. ‘I …

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