Monthly Archive: August 2011

Aug 12 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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Aug 09 2011

Two Large Pieces of Greta News – Reason Rally, and Freethought Blogs!

Hi, all! I have two pieces of kind of monumental news, I’m ridiculously excited about both of them, and I wanted to let y’all know. Piece of News #1: Do you all know about the Reason Rally? The atheist/ secular March on Washington, set for March 24, 2012? It’s kind of a big freaking deal: …

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Aug 08 2011

The Best Things About the Secular Student Alliance Conference

I typically haven’t been good about the whole “conference report” thing. It always seemed like an overwhelming task — trying to sum up the essence of an entire multi-day conference in a succinct and entertaining blog post, or even in a marginally readable. But I’ve figured out that I don’t have to report on an …

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Aug 03 2011

Greta Speaking in Seattle and Omaha!

Just a quick reminder: I have some nifty and exciting speaking gigs coming up in Seattle and Omaha, and I hope y’all can come by and say hi! I’m going to be speaking at the Seattle Atheists on Saturday, August 6, about “What Can the Atheist Movement Learn From the LGBT Movement?” I’ll be doing …

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Aug 02 2011

Resistance Is Not Futile: Why Arguing About Religion Is Not A Waste of Time – The Outline

I gave a brand new talk at the Secular Student Alliance conference last weekend, one I’d never given before: “Resistance Is Not Futile: Why Arguing About Religion Is Not A Waste of Time.” The SSA asked me to provide an outline for the talk to include in their proceedings handbook, but it didn’t make it …

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