Monthly Archive: May 2010

May 21 2010

New Fishnet Story: “Broom Closet”

It took a little bit of cunning to get out of “Serenity Now — Step One” class, but since I’ve been such a goody-goody I’d racked up some trust points and the instructor bought my story that I was feeling queasy from weaning off my meds. The truth was I was feeling really horny and …

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May 21 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: The Comfort of Reason

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! Atheism does offer comfort in the face of suffering. Among other things, it offers the idea that our suffering isn’t a mystifying punishment or attempt to teach us a lesson. It’s …

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May 20 2010

Why I’m Drawing Mohammad

This is my drawing of Mohammad. I wish I were a better artist, and could draw something other than a stick figure. But I actually kind of like its purity. If a simple, entirely undistinguished, smiling stick figure with the word “Mohammad” above it can be so offensive as to earn me a possible death …

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May 20 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Religious Rules Don’t Apply To People Who Don’t Believe Them

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! No religion has the right to expect other people to follow its rules. It is absurd to demand that people obey religious laws they don’t believe in. And it is absurd …

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May 19 2010

Porn, Social Criticism, and the Marginalization of Kink

Is it valid to criticize rough-sex porn for perpetuating misogynist images of women? Or, to look at the question from the other side: Is it possible to critique rough-sex porn without marginalizing kink? If you’ve been around the porn wars, you’ve almost certainly run across a particular form of anti-porn critique. “Erotica may not be …

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May 19 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: “God of the Gaps” is a Bad Argument

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! “Science doesn’t understand everything” is a terrible argument for religion. Supernatural explanations for the world have been replaced by natural ones thousands of times. It’s never once happened the other way …

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May 18 2010

Why “I Feel It In My Heart” Is a Terrible Argument for God

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. “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: …

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May 18 2010

Greta Speaking in San Francisco, May 29: “What can the atheist movement learn from the gay movement?”

What can the Atheist movement learn from the gay movement? The atheist movement is already modeling itself on the LGBT movement in many ways — most obviously with its focus on coming out of the closet. What else can the atheist movement learn from the LGBT movement — both from its successes and its failures? …

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May 18 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Religion Is Not Entitled to a Free Ride

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! Religion is not entitled to a free ride in the marketplace of ideas. It is not intolerant or disrespectful for atheists to point out its flaws, and to ask whether there’s …

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May 17 2010

Why Is Anyone Still Catholic?

If your softball league or your children’s school did what the Catholic Church is doing, you’d quit in outrage. So why haven’t you? For any Catholics who might be reading this, I have a question for you: Why are you still Catholic? Presumably, I don’t have to tell you about the rash of child-rape scandals …

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