Monthly Archive: December 2008

Dec 31 2008

Happy Birthday To Me!

Happy birthday to me! Last year, when I turned 46, I wrote a silly little non-rhyming birthday song inspired by evolution and loosely based on the children’s classic (“Happy birthday to you/ You live in the zoo/ You look like a monkey/ And you smell like one, too”). It went: Happy birthday to me I …

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Dec 29 2008

How Can Atheists Be Good Allies?

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a piece about how progressive, non- atheist groups can be good allies with the atheist movement. Today, I want to follow that piece up with the flip side: How can atheists be good allies? I think it behooves the atheist movement to make alliances with other groups that we …

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Dec 26 2008

Advice to an Atheist in an Intolerant Family: Help, Please?

What advice would you give to a young atheist in a family that’s entirely intolerant — belligerently so — of their atheism? I got this letter the other day from a 19- year- old atheist, asking for advice on how to deal with their family: a family who refuses to accept this person’s atheism, to …

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Dec 23 2008

Greta’s Sporadic Blog Carnival #5: Holiday Edition

And today, we have another round of Cool Stuff I Found On the Blogosphere and Elsewhere on the Internet. The holiday edition. Because I am a giant freak who actually likes the holidays. So sue me. First, we have the return of a holiday tradition on this blog: The Best Christmas Song Ever. It’s “Christmas …

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Dec 22 2008

The True Meaning of Christmas

So what does Christmas really mean? Among all the traditions of the holiday season, one that’s becoming increasingly familiar is the War on the Supposed War On Christmas. In this tradition — one that dates back to the sweet olden days of overt anti-Semitism — the Christian Right foams at the mouth about the fact …

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Dec 21 2008

Right Of Refusal: The Blowfish Blog

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It talks about a recent letter to Dan Savage, from a rape survivor whose boyfriend wanted her to act out a rape fantasy with him… and was continuing to pressure her and pester her about it, despite her clearly saying “No.” (Dan’s advice: Dump the …

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Dec 21 2008

How To Be An Ally with Atheists: The Actual Thread

Readers of this blog may have noticed that the comment thread on How To Be An Ally with Atheists has gone both completely off-topic and completely toxic. Regrettably, I’ve had to shut the comments on that post down — which is a shame, since I think the topic is an interesting and important one, and …

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Dec 19 2008

The Great Gruesome Christmas Carols

And now for something completely different. I’m one of those freakish people who actually likes Christmas carols. Not the gloppy, cutesy, “Suzy Snowflake” modern variety so much (although I do have a soft spot for “Silver Bells”), but the soaring, haunting, gorgeous classic ones. “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” …

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Dec 18 2008

Obama, Rick Warren, and the Difference between Talking and Honoring

I want to say a few words about Barack Obama. Obama is defending the choice of the anti- choice, anti- religious- plurality, pro- assassination- of- world- leaders, red- baiting, rabidly anti-LGBT, James- Dobson- in- sheep’s- clothing, lying- sack- of- crap megachurch pastor Rick Warren by saying that “it is important for America to come together, …

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Dec 16 2008

How To Be An Ally with Atheists

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post on being an atheist in the queer community. But I think it will be of interest to anyone, individual or organization, who wants to be an ally with atheists and the atheist movement. So what do atheists want from their allies? And how can progressive non-atheist people and …

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