Monthly Archive: January 2010

Jan 15 2010

Sexual Harassment or Religious Freedom?

Does the First Amendment right to religious freedom include the right of religious organizations to fire people for refusing the sexual advances of their employers, and for reporting those advances to the authorities? You would think that the obvious answer to this would be No. You would think this would be the textbook definition of …

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Jan 15 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Death Without Wishful Thinking

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Atheism does have comfort to offer in the face of death. Among other things, it offers the idea that, whatever philosophy of death you have, it’s not …

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Jan 14 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheism Is Not an Excuse for Immorality

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Atheism does not free people to do whatever selfish or immoral acts they want. The basics of human ethics are almost certainly hard-wired into our brains from …

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Jan 14 2010

Haiti and the Secular Humanist Aid and Relief Effort

I’m finding it hard to say anything about Haiti that hasn’t already been said. I’m even finding it hard to say anything about Pat Robertson’s comments about Haiti that hasn’t already been said. I may have something to say about it all in a few days. But for now, I just want to say this: …

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Jan 13 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: God’s Power /= God’s Goodness

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! “God created humanity, therefore people have no right to judge his actions” is a terrible argument. Parents “make” their children, but they don’t have the right to …

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Jan 12 2010

On the Ubiquity of Shaving

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. I’ve been thinking about the shaving of pubic hair. More specifically: I’ve been thinking about a social trend I keep hearing about. If what I’m hearing is correct (and it may not be — it’s not like I’ve done a rigorous, statistically representative, peer-reviewed study on …

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Jan 12 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheists Believe In Things

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! “People who believe in nothing will believe in anything” is a terrible argument against atheism. Atheists believe in things: kindness, fairness, honesty, truth, love, etc. We just …

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Jan 11 2010

The Immorality of Heaven

So let’s say atheists are wrong. Let’s say there is a God, and there are places of permanent perfect bliss/ permanent absolute torture waiting for us after we die, and if God decides we’re good enough we’ll get to go to the former. Is that something we would even want? I’m not talking about the …

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Jan 11 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Critiques of Religion Are Fair

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! “You didn’t critique my personal religion, therefore your critique has no value” isn’t a good argument against atheist critiques of religion. Atheists are mostly interested in religion …

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Jan 08 2010

Greta Reading at Perverts Put Out, Sat. 1/9

I’m going to be doing a reading tomorrow (Saturday) at the San Francisco sex reading series of song and story, Perverts Put Out. It’ll be me plus Meliza Bañales, Sherilyn Connelly, Stephen Elliot, Nabil Hijazi and TedPro, Philip Huang, Kirk Read, Lori Selke, and our genteel hostess Simon Sheppard. It’s at CounterPulse, 1310 Mission Street …

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