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Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 31 2011

Is Atheist Money Too Controversial for the American Cancer Society?

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This piece was originally published on AlterNet. My follow-up to this piece is scheduled to be published early this week. I’ll say this clearly, right up front: The American Cancer Society did not explicitly reject a massive donation offer from a non-theistic organization on the basis of them being a non-theistic organization. That was not …

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Oct 29 2011

Dream Diary, 10/29/11: The Sociology of Atheist Leadership

I dreamed that a sociologist was analyzing the effectiveness of atheist leaders and writers, and was correlating this effectiveness with two factors: where they lived, and how much they paid in mortgage or rent. I ranked very high on this sociologist’s effectiveness scale, but was nevertheless outraged by this analysis, because (a) the two factors …

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Oct 28 2011

American Cancer Society and Foundation Beyond Belief: Documents

American Cancer Society cached page for National Teams 10-01-2011

I’m currently working on a follow-up to my recent piece on AlterNet about the American Cancer Society turning down the Foundation Beyond Belief’s request to participate with a national team in the ACS’s Relay for Life — and the $250,000 matching offer from the Todd Stiefel Foundation that would have come with it. I’ve received …

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Oct 28 2011

Promoting Evolution Considered “Dogmatic” — In University Biology Department

There is so much that’s appallingly wrong in the story Jen McCreight tells here, I can’t even tell you. But here’s what makes me keep screaming and throwing fits. I’m more or less used to the idea that, in grade schools and high schools in the Midwest and South, teaching evolution is still controversial. I …

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Oct 28 2011

Fashion Friday: The Best Shoe Store Ever

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When we were in Boston earlier this year, Ingrid and I saw this plaque on/ near the Freedom Trail… and just about died laughing. For those who can’t see the picture, here’s what it says: D.L. MOODY CHRISTIAN EVANGELIST, FRIEND OF MAN, FOUNDER OF THE NORTHFIELD SCHOOLS WAS CONVERTED TO GOD IN A SHOE STORE …

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Oct 28 2011

From the Archives: “But Everyone Else Does It!” Andrew Brown and the Defense of the Catholic Church Child Rape Scandal

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Since I moved to the Freethought Blogs network, I have a bunch of new readers who aren’t familiar with my greatest hits from my old, pre-FTB blog. So I’m linking to some of them, about one a day, to introduce them to the new folks. Today’s archive treasure: “But Everyone Else Does It!” Andrew Brown …

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Oct 27 2011

Why I Do What I Do

In case anyone is wondering why I do the work that I do, I direct you to this comment, posted by Brad in response to my piece How Religion Contorts Morality: Respected Theologian Defends Genocide and Infanticide. Hmm, I don’t think “Enjoy!” is quite the right tone for your link to the original article Extremely …

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Oct 27 2011

Greta Speaking in Seattle and D.C., Nov. 3 and Nov. 12

Hi, all! I have some nifty speaking gigs coming up, and I wanted to let you know about them. I’m going to be speaking in Seattle on Thursday Nov. 3 to the Secular Student Union of the U of W, and in Washington D.C. on Saturday Nov. 12 at the Center For Inquiry DC Fifth …

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Oct 27 2011

From the Archives: How Religion Contorts Morality: Respected Theologian Defends Genocide and Infanticide

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Since I moved to the Freethought Blogs network, I have a bunch of new readers who aren’t familiar with my greatest hits from my old, pre-FTB blog. So I’m linking to some of them, about one a day, to introduce them to the new folks. Today’s archive treasure: How Religion Contorts Morality: Respected Theologian Defends …

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Oct 26 2011

Echo Chamber or Picking Fights: Atheists Just Can’t Win

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If atheists spend time in religious public forums, and engage with religious believers… we’re picking fights. And if atheists don’t engage with religious believers, and spend most or all of our time with other atheists — we’re living in an echo chamber. Is there any way we can win? There was a recent piece in …

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