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Monthly Archive: April 2010

Apr 30 2010

Why I Am an Atheist Writer

The question here is not, “Why am I an atheist?” I think I’ve answered that question ad nauseum. (Not that that’s going to stop me from continuing to answer it…) The question is, “Why am I an atheist writer?” Or maybe, since I consider my writing to be a form of activism: Why am I …

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Apr 30 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Beliefs Affect Actions

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Why do many atheists care what other people believe? Because people act on their beliefs. If religious beliefs only affected the people who held them, most atheists wouldn’t care very much …

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Apr 29 2010

A Feminist Defense of Boobquake

Chances are you’ve heard about Boobquake. It went viral pretty fast. In case you haven’t: Iranian Muslim prayer leader Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was recently quoted as saying, “Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes.” No, really. I know, …

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Apr 29 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: What Would Convince You That You Were Mistaken?

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! If religious believers can’t say what evidence would change their minds — if nothing could possibly persuade them that their religion was mistaken — then it’s unfair for them to accuse …

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Apr 28 2010

New Fishnet Story: “Three”

I bring him home from a show on a Friday night. Through the blacklights and a filter of beer and tequila, he’s friendly and vibrant, his skin a canvas of tattoos and piercings. I have already drunk too much by the time I meet him, but he stays with me after the show, walking night-noisy …

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Apr 28 2010

On Trying New Things… And Re-Trying Old Ones

I was eating sushi the other day… yes, I promise, this is about sex. I was eating sushi the other day, and it sparked a mini-revelation about trying new things — and about re-trying old things I think I don’t like. And it’s occurring to me that this mini-revelation could apply to lots of things …

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Apr 28 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Good Ideas Should Welcome Criticism

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! If an idea is good, it should be able to withstand questions and criticism, and should even welcome them. And that’s just as true of religion as anything else. When believers …

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Apr 27 2010

Why “I Feel It In My Heart” Is a Terrible Justification for God’s Existence

“I just feel God in my heart. I sense his presence. Why should I doubt that? Any more than I doubt my senses?” As I’ve written before: Most of the arguments I encounter for religion are dreadful. They’re not even arguments. They’re attempts to make arguments go away: attempts to deflect legitimate questions; bigoted attacks …

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Apr 27 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheism Does Not Require 100% Positive Proof

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Not believing in God doesn’t require 100% positive proof that God doesn’t exist… any more than not believing in unicorns requires 100% positive proof that unicorns don’t exist. Pass it on: …

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Apr 26 2010

I Feel The Earth Move: Boobquake 2010!

As you may already have heard — it’s not only been all over the atheosphere, but all over the news — Iranian Muslim prayer leader Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was recently quoted as saying, “Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) …

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