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Category Archive: Atheism

Jun 19 2014

Ann Widdecombe: in the good old days, you could still be a Nazi

Ms Widdecombe thinks fascists had it easier than Christians today. She’d know.

Jun 17 2014

Recommended reading: Lena Dunham, (black) atheists, transphobia and Scotland

Time for some recent favourites from around the web.

Jun 04 2014

Recommended reading: Rocky Horror, RuPaul, racism, Elliot Rodger and arguing badly

I’ve liked a few things lately. Snorking them all at once seemed like a good idea.

Jun 03 2014

I’m proud to be “ideological”

I. I’m tired of ‘ideological’ being a dirty word – tired of Westminster suits weaponising it, having it thrown at me when I say Isla Vista had a context and skeptics who rail against feminists ‘importing an “ideology” into the crystalline purity of their movement’. A coherent, connected set of principles that inform how you think is not a bad …

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Jun 01 2014

Isla Vista and defining terrorism: Nelson Jones and I argue on Twitter

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May 30 2014

Elliot Rodger was a jihadist – for organised misogyny, if not for organised religion

Like Mohammad Sidique Khan, who set off a bomb on the London Underground nine years ago, Elliot Rodger was young, educated and outwardly respectable. Like Khan, he killed seven people including himself. My guess based on his demographics is that Roger was probably an atheist – but otherwise, the two were in many ways twin …

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May 09 2014

Intern full-time at the Sunday Assembly – for £20 a week

In January, I wrote an article at AlterNet advising secular groups on how to be less economically exclusive: how to remain accessible to hard-up nonbelievers, improve outreach and stop godlessness being a movement for the wealthy. The same week, Sanderson Jones – cofounder and newly appointed CEO of the Sunday Assembly – asked me to meet …

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May 07 2014

John Paul II was a reactionary pope

Lesser evil though he may have been, we shouldn’t rewrite history to lionise the Polish pope, under whom the Vatican’s regress on sex began.

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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