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Monthly Archive: July 2011

Jul 29 2011

The Santa Delusion: Why ‘Religion Is Useful’ Is a Terrible Argument For Religion

“But religion is useful. It makes people happy. It comforts people in hard times. It makes people better-behaved. And losing religious faith can be traumatic. So what difference does it make if it isn’t true? Shouldn’t we be perpetuating it anyway — or at least leaving it alone? Why do you want to persuade people …

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Jul 27 2011

“Straight Porn Will Make You Gay”: The Delusion of Sex-Negativity

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. I never reprinted it here, since the piece was topical and time-sensitive. 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 …

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Jul 25 2011

Greta Speaking in Columbus, Seattle, and Omaha!

I have some nifty and exciting speaking gigs coming up, and I hope y’all can come by and say hi! I’m speaking at the Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference this week — along with PZ Myers, Jamila Bey, Jen McCreight, Dan Barker, Jessica Ahlquist, Dave Silverman, Anthony Pinn, Debbie Goddard, Hemant Mehta, Amanda Knief, and …

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Jul 22 2011

The Best Things About TAM — And the Best Things About Las Vegas

Thanks for your patience during my blog break! I was at The Amazing Meeting last week: speaking on the diversity panel, schmoozing networking, talking deep-level strategy, drinking, giving interviews, meeting readers, getting my brain stuffed, and laughing my ass off. And because Ingrid and I haven’t had a vacation alone together in approximately 865,673 years, …

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Jul 21 2011

Why the “5 Myths Atheists Have About Religion” Aren’t Myths

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. Do atheists really misunderstand religion? I read the recent piece in Tikkun by Be Scofield, “5 Myths Atheists Believe about Religion” (reprinted in AlterNet as “5 Things Atheists Have Wrong About Religion”), with a fair degree of both trepidation and curiosity. Trepidation… because my experience has been that, …

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Jul 15 2011

Brief Blog Break

In all the kerfuffle, I neglected to mention: I’m at TAM, and will be staying in Vegas for a couple of extra days after it’s over. Plus I’m having to spend rather more time than usual moderating comments here. So I’m on the swamped side, and will probably not be blogging for the next few …

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Jul 12 2011

Why We Have to Talk About This: Atheism, Sexism, and Blowing Up The Internet

I know. We’re all sick of talking about it. I’m sick of talking about it; you’re sick of talking about it. And not just this latest blow-up, either, the one that’s been dubbed “Elevatorgate.” All of it. The whole freaking topic. I don’t know anybody who actually enjoys starting an Internet shitstorm about sexism (or …

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Jul 08 2011

5 Faulty Arguments Religious People Use Against Atheists (Debunked)

Do atheists misunderstand religion? Or do believers still misunderstand atheists? Do atheists really misunderstand religion? I read the recent piece in Tikkun by Be Scofield, “5 Myths Atheists Believe about Religion” (reprinted in AlterNet as “5 Things Atheists Have Wrong About Religion”), with a fair degree of both trepidation and curiosity. Trepidation… because my experience …

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Jul 06 2011

“The Ledge”: Does Atheism Have Its “Brokeback Mountain”?

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. “The Ledge” is available now through On Demand and through online streaming from SundanceNow. It opens in theaters in New York and Los Angeles this Friday, July 8. A young man walks toward the ledge of a tall building. He is clearly filled with trepidation and even terror; …

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Jul 05 2011

Brief Blog Semi-Break

Forgot to mention: I’m on a family vacation, with limited time to blog, and also with an intense desire to actually take something that resembles a break. So I won’t be blogging much this week. I’ll do a reprint or two; I’m working on a piece for AlterNet that I’ll link to. But I’m not …

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