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Monthly Archive: October 2009

Oct 26 2009

Atheist Memes on Facebook: Atheists Oppose Discrimination

I’m doing a project on my Facebook page: The Atheist Meme of the Day. Every weekday, I’m going to post a short, pithy, Facebook-ready atheist meme… in the hopes that people will spread them, and that eventually, the ideas will get through. If you want to play, please feel free to pass these on through …

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Oct 23 2009

When Anyone Is Watching: Metaphors and the Slipperiness of Religion

There’s a trope going around among progressive religious believers and theologians. It goes something like this: “Religious beliefs don’t have to be literally true. They’re just useful metaphors: stories that give shape and meaning to our lives.” I’ve been hearing this trope for a while. And something recently occurred to me about it: something so …

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Oct 23 2009

New Fishnet Story: “Waiting for a Train”

Fishnet has a new story up! The online erotic fiction magazine I’m editing, Fishnet, has a new story up for you to enjoy. It’s titled Waiting for a Train, by Lauren P. Burka, and here’s the teaser: He held out his hand. We left our luggage on the platform and found a grassy spot behind …

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Oct 23 2009

Atheist Memes on Facebook: Pattern and Intention

I’m doing a project on my Facebook page: The Atheist Meme of the Day. Every weekday, I’m going to post a short, pithy, Facebook-ready atheist meme… in the hopes that people will spread them, and that eventually, the ideas will get through. If you want to play, please feel free to pass these on through …

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Oct 22 2009

Are We Having Sex Now… And Why Should We Care?

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. In it, I explore the question of how we define what is and isn’t sex… and ask whether having a consistent definition of sex is even all that important. I take a recent letter to Dan Savage, in which a couple was debating whether a …

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Oct 22 2009

Atheist Memes on Facebook: Atheism is Not Close-Minded

I’m doing a project on my Facebook page: The Atheist Meme of the Day. Every weekday, I’m going to post a short, pithy, Facebook-ready atheist meme… in the hopes that people will spread them, and that eventually, the ideas will get through. If you want to play, please feel free to pass these on through …

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Oct 21 2009

How Dare You Atheists Make Your Case, Round 2: Persuasion Equals Intolerance

Where does this idea come from that persuasion is a mean and bad thing to do? Where does this idea come from that debate, expressing disagreement, saying “I really think you’re mistaken about this,” and making a case for why you think you’re right, are somehow acts of disrespect, and intolerance, and even violation? We’re …

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Oct 21 2009

Atheist Memes on Facebook: Comforting /= True

I’m doing a project on my Facebook page: The Atheist Meme of the Day. Every weekday, I’m going to post a short, pithy, Facebook-ready atheist meme… in the hopes that people will spread them, and that eventually, the ideas will get through. If you want to play, please feel free to pass these on through …

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Oct 20 2009

Atheist Memes on Facebook: Atheists Face Discrimination

I’m doing a project on my Facebook page: The Atheist Meme of the Day. Every weekday, I’m going to post a short, pithy, Facebook-ready atheist meme… in the hopes that people will spread them, and that eventually, the ideas will get through. If you want to play, please feel free to pass these on through …

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Oct 19 2009

The Book of Genesis, Illustrated by R. Crumb: A Review

It’s true what they say. Sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousand words. Especially when those pictures are drawn by Robert Crumb. And especially when those words come from the Bible. For those who haven’t heard yet: Legendary comics artist Robert Crumb has just come out with his new book: The Book of Genesis, …

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