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Monthly Archive: May 2011

May 27 2011

Supporting Camp Quest and Crushing PZ Myers — The Last Ditch

UPDATE: Jen McCreight at Blag Hag is throwing her hat into the “make a public spectacle of one’s self for this cause” ring. If Team Awesome wins this contest, she will attempt to learn how to ride a bicycle, and, in her words, “videotape the whole inevitably hilarious experience.” Come on, folks. There is no …

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May 26 2011

High School Student Stands Up Against Prayer at Public School and Is Ostracized, Demeaned and Threatened

When a high school atheist tried to stop prayer at his graduation, he was harassed and kicked out of his house. But the atheist community stepped in. Whatever you think about atheists — good, bad, mixed, indifferent — this story should seriously trouble you. Damon Fowler, an atheist student at Bastrop High School in Louisiana, …

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May 24 2011

Atheism, Sexism, Etc.: An Update

Important update on yesterday’s post about sexist comments made by David Eller at the Oakland Rapture RAM: David Eller has offered an apology. A genuine one this time. It’s posted on Jen’s blog: Eller offers an apology. Good for him. This sort of situation can go south and get ugly very quickly: good for Eller …

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May 23 2011

Atheism, Sexism, and Pretty Blonde Videobloggers: or, What Jen Said

UPDATE: Eller has offered an apology. A genuine one this time. It’s posted on Jen’s blog: Eller offers an apology. Good for him. This sort of situation can go south and get ugly very quickly: good for Eller for not going there, and for acknowledging his error. That’s exactly the kind of behavior atheists should …

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May 20 2011

Live-blogging the Rapture

Well, if the end of the world really is nigh, there ought to be some documentation of it for future generations. Oh, wait. There won’t be any future generations. Still. It stand to reason. I mean, if hundreds of years from now, space aliens or something visit the charred remains of our post-Apocalyptic planet and …

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May 20 2011

Rapture Fear: What If The End Really Is Nigh?

So I have something embarrassing to admit. With all the talk about the Rapture that’s supposedly coming on May 21? With all the Rapture parties, the snarky jokes, the atheist conferences around the country specifically scheduled on Rapture Weekend for the purpose of making fun of it? There is a tiny, tiny part of me …

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May 18 2011

Atheists Do It Better: Why Leaving Religion Leads to Better Sex

A new study shows that religious people have as much sex as atheists, but with less sexual satisfaction and more guilt. Do atheists have better sex? Yes. According to science, that is — and more specifically, according to the recently released “Sex and Secularism” study. In January 2011, organizational psychologist Darrel Ray, Ed.D. (psychologist for …

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May 17 2011

The Case of the Missing Bisexual

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. I never reprinted it here, for reasons that now escape me. But the Blowfish Blog archives are apparently no longer on the Internets, and the original piece is no longer available. So in the interest of completism and making all my published works accessible, I’m going …

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May 13 2011

Are All Religions Equally Crazy?

Are less established religions really crazier than older mainstream ones? Or are mainstream religions just more familiar? Does any religion make more sense than any other? Atheists, by definition, don’t think any religion has any reasonable likelihood of being true. And yet, for some weird reason, we’re often asked to choose between them. Believers often …

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May 12 2011

How Religion Contorts Morality: Respected Theologian Defends Genocide and Infanticide

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. “Respected Theologian Defends Infanticide.” Why did this story not make headlines? In a recent post on his Reasonable Faith site, famed Christian apologist and debater William Lane Craig published an explanation for why the genocide and infanticide ordered by God against the Canaanites in the Old Testament was …

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