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Monthly Archive: June 2009

Jun 30 2009

Blog Carnivals!

Blog carnivals! Carnival of the Godless #120 at (((Billy))) The Atheist. Carnival of the Liberals #93 at The Largest Minority. Skeptic’s Circle #113 at The Uncredible Hallq. Philosophers’ Carnival #92, at Philosophengang — The Philosopher’s Walk. And Skeptical Parent Crossing #9, at AtheistParents.org.

Jun 30 2009

Atheists and the Closet: or, Keith Olbermann, Tonight’s Worst Person in the World

If you’re an atheist, and you’re promoting atheists coming out and knowing that they’re not alone — but you, yourself, are not entirely out of the closet about your atheism — does that make you a bad person? Keith Olbermann seems to think so. In his fabled “Worst Person in the World” segment tonight, he …

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Jun 28 2009

Pride, Stonewall, and the Importance of Confrontation

Happy Pride, everybody! And happy 40th anniversary of Stonewall. I want to talk about Stonewall today. I want to talk about movements for social change — not just queer, but atheist, and feminist, and black activist, and disabled activist, and just about every other movement for social change I can think of. And I want …

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Jun 26 2009

Why Do Atheists Have to Talk About Atheism?

Whenever the subject of atheism comes up, anywhere that isn’t an atheist discussion group or something, one sentiment almost inevitably comes up: “I wish atheists wouldn’t talk so much about atheism.” The sentiment gets worded in many different ways. “The new atheists are so evangelical.” “This atheist criticism of religion is just intolerant.” “You atheists …

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Jun 26 2009

Speaking Ill of the Dead

For what are probably obvious reasons, I have been thinking about the strong social taboo against speaking ill of the dead. And I’m trying to figure out if I think it’s an irrational superstition, or a reasonable gesture of respect to people who are in mourning… or some combination of the two. In the case …

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Jun 25 2009

Sex, Spontaneity, and the “Swept Away” Myth

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. So why is the myth of sexual spontaneity so damaging? I know. I’ve written about this before. Buy why else? I’ve written before about the myth of sexual spontaneity: the myth that, for sex to be good and meaningful, the desire has to strike both partners …

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Jun 23 2009

Iran and the Battle Against Theocracy

I don’t know if I have anything to say about the situation in Iran that hasn’t already been said. And normally, that’s enough to keep my mouth shut. But this time, despite my near-paralyzing fear of being trite, I feel that I need to say something: I support the protesters in Iran. And not just …

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Jun 22 2009

A Hedonistic View of Physical Health

Overheard this weekend (can’t remember where): “Eat healthy; exercise regularly; die anyway.” It’s a sentiment I’ve heard many times before. You’re going to die anyway — so why bother living healthy? Why not just enjoy life? Sure, eating well and getting regular exercise might lengthen your life a little… but is it really that important …

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Jun 19 2009

My Vision for a Sexual World

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. And I’m taking a somewhat different tack on this one. Instead of a critique or commentary on the sexual culture we have, I thought I’d sketch an outline of the sexual culture I’d like to see. It’s called My Vision for a Sexual World, and …

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Jun 19 2009

Blog Carnivals!

Blog carnivals! Humanist Symposium #38 at 2[Y]. Carnival of The Godless #119 at The Sunny Skeptic. Philosophers’ Carnival #92, at Philosophengang – The Philosopher’s Walk. Skeptic’s Circle #113, at The Uncredible Hallq. And a new carnival: Love of Movies #2, at Love Romance Passion. Happy reading!

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