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Monthly Archive: July 2010

Jul 30 2010

Friday Cat Blogging: Lydia On My Lap

And now, some cute pictures of our cat. It can be hard to photograph a cat when they’re actually on your lap. I think these of Lydia came out well, though. They give a good feel for her sweet, somewhat dim essence. And for her fat soft belly.

Jul 30 2010

Sex Addiction or Sexual Compulsion?

Let’s start with something we can all agree on. Some people have a hard time controlling their sexual behavior. Some people have sex in ways that damage themselves, and damage others… and they keep doing it anyway. Some people pursue sex — specific sexual activities, or just any kind of sexual pleasure generally — in …

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Jul 30 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheists Are Happy

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! Atheists are happy. Most of us, anyway. You don’t need to believe in God to feel joy, connection, and meaning in your life. And while letting go of religion can be …

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Jul 29 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Reasonable Conclusions =/= Faith

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 not mean being 100% certain that God does not exist. Any more than not believing in unicorns means being 100% certain that unicorns don’t exist. Atheism is not unshakable …

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Jul 28 2010

Old and Improved: Long-Term Sex and the Myth of the Slow Decline

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. When you’ve been involved with someone for many years, does having sex with them become a chore? A duty? Like cleaning the toilet? Via Pharyngula, we have a charming piece of marital advice from Christian marriage advisor Mark Gungor. The gist: Couples who have been married …

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Jul 28 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Real Beliefs Aren’t Straw Men

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! When atheists argue against beliefs that aren’t yours, that doesn’t mean we’re arguing against straw men. There are thousands of kinds of religious belief, and sometimes atheists argue against particular ones …

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Jul 27 2010

Why Does God Reveal Himself to Some People and Not to Others?

If God exists… why isn’t his existence obvious? And is “free will” a good answer to this question? A few weeks ago, in this very publication, I posed the question, “Why did God create atheists?” If God reveals himself to religious believers, in visions or revelations or other spiritual experiences… why doesn’t he do it …

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Jul 27 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Accepting 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 you care whether the things you believe are true, you ought to welcome it, or at least accept it, when people point out problems with your beliefs. And that applies …

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Jul 26 2010

5 Stupid, Unfair and Sexist Things Expected of Men

If you have a scrap of progressive politics in your bones, it’s no surprise to you that sexism hurts women. Like, duh. That’s kind of the definition of the word. But we don’t talk as much about how sexism hurts men. Understandably. When you look at the grotesque ways women are damaged by sexism — …

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Jul 21 2010

Brief Blog Break

I’m leaving tomorrow for the Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference. (At which I’m going to be the keynote speaker — I mentioned that, right? Causing a commotion, ’cause I am so awesome!) So I’m going to be pretty slammed from now through Sunday, and will most likely not be blogging until I get back. Have …

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