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Monthly Archive: February 2011

Feb 27 2011

The Times I Miss Rob

I wrote this piece almost twenty years ago. I think I should explain why I’m reprinting it now. Ingrid and I saw this movie on Friday… no, that’s not how I want to start this story. Okay. During the worst years of the AIDS crisis, I was relatively lucky. I wasn’t one of the people …

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Feb 24 2011

High School Atheists Are Organizing — Why Are Schools Pushing Back?

High school non-theist groups are getting dedicated support from a national organization but their schools are flipping out. What does this mean for the future of atheism? High school student Brian Lisco just wanted to form a student club. A senior at Stephen Austin High School in the Houston suburbs, Lisco wanted to meet with …

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Feb 22 2011

Why It’s Not a “Safer Bet” to Believe In God, or, Why Pascal’s Wager Sucks

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. Believing in God because it’s a safer bet makes no logical or practical sense, trivializes both faith and reality, and concedes your argument before it’s begun. “Why not believe in God? If you believe and you turn out to be wrong, you haven’t lost anything. But if you …

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Feb 21 2011

The Kids Are All Right

This review was originally published on CarnalNation. The movie is now available on DVD, and it received four Oscar nominations, including on for Best Picture. Are queers just like everyone else? Are queers just ordinary human beings, with the same hopes and fears and neuroses and dreams as everybody? Or are queers fundamentally different from …

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Feb 18 2011

Greta Speaking in Berkeley, Sun. Feb. 20: Why Are You Atheists So Angry?

One last reminder: I’m going to in Berkeley this Sunday afternoon, speaking to the East Bay Atheists, at the Berkeley Public Library, starting at 1:30 pm. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area — and especially if you’re in the East Bay — come check it out! The topic, “Why Are You Atheists So …

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Feb 17 2011

Against Ecumenicalism: Why Atheists Don’t Have to Show “Respect” for Religion

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. Progressive believers often ignore religious differences in the name of tolerance. But this ecumenicalism is hypocritical, promotes anti-atheist hostility, and shows a callous disregard for the truth. “Can’t we all just get along?” Among progressive and moderate religious believers, ecumenicalism is a big deal. For many of these …

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Feb 16 2011

The Heterosexual Questionnaire – Video!

“So what do you think caused your heterosexuality?” “Do you think your heterosexuality might be a phase you’ll grow out of?” “Why do you insist on flaunting your heterosexuality?” “What exactly do men and women do in bed together?” When I was on my recent speaking tour in Iowa and Ohio, I did this hilarious …

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Feb 15 2011

Why It’s Not a ‘Safe Bet’ to Believe In God

The idea that you should believe in God “just in case” trivializes both faith and reality, and concedes your argument before it’s begun. “Why not believe in God? If you believe and you turn out to be wrong, you haven’t lost anything. But if you don’t believe and you turn out to be wrong, you …

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Feb 08 2011

No, Atheists Don’t Have to Show “Respect” for Religion

Progressive believers often ignore religious differences in the name of tolerance. But this ecumenicalism promotes anti-atheist hostility and shows a disregard for the truth. “Can’t we all just get along?” Among progressive and moderate religious believers, ecumenicalism is a big deal. For many of these believers, being respectful of religious beliefs that are different from …

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Feb 06 2011

Greta’s Speaking Tour, Iowa and Ohio, Feb. 7-12 – and Blog Break

One last reminder: If you’re in Iowa or Ohio — specifically around Cedar Falls in Iowa, or Dayton, Oxford, or Columbus in Ohio — come hear me speak! I’m going to be doing a speaking tour, February 7-12, at various university campuses and humanist/ atheist/ secular groups in Iowa and Ohio. My stops will be …

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