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Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 31 2012

Frederick Sparks at Black Skeptics on Be Scofield, Greta Christina, and New Atheist Racism

There have been a lot of discussions about Be Scofield’s piece in Tikkun, chiding the so-called “New Atheists” for being racist and culturally imperialist because we think religion is mistaken and try to persuade people out of it. I’m more than usually swamped for time right now, and don’t have time to get more deeply …

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Jan 26 2012

Atheist Arguments = Racist Cultural Imperialism?

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Hey, did you know that when I try to persuade people that religion is probably mistaken and atheism is probably correct, I’m “reproducing cultural imperialism against Native Americans”? No, really. I don’t have time today to do a line-by-line fisking of Be Scofield’s latest screed in Tikkun against the so-called “New Atheists.” Which is irritating, …

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Jan 26 2012

Why I Do What I Do

I know that the work we do — whether we’re professional activists, or just people trying to make the world better in our everyday lives — can sometimes be frustrating and discouraging, and can feel like we’re beating our heads against a wall. So I thought I’d share this email I just got from someone …

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Jan 25 2012

And Now, A Brief Pledge Break

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We’ll return to our program, “Why Greta Christina Is Totally Brilliant And Awesome,” in just a moment. But first: Won’t you consider supporting this blog? I have a quick question for y’all. Do you spend five dollars a month on your favorite sources of entertainment, enlightenment, information, and distraction? Do you spend five dollars a …

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Jan 25 2012

Greta Speaking at Colorado State University, Friday Jan. 27

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Hi, all! If you’re in Colorado in or near Colorado State University at Fort Collins, come hear me speak! I’ll be speaking on the topic of “Atheism and Sexuality” this Friday, Jan. 27. The event is free and open to the public. It’s being sponsored by CSU LIFT, Leaders in Free Thought — and the …

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Jan 25 2012

Welcome Natalie Reed and Chris Hallquist to Freethought Blogs!

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The Freethought Blogs network has recently assimilated two new members into our Borg-like collective: Natalie Reed at Sincerely, Natalie Reed, and Chris Hallquist at The Uncredible HallQ. Resistance is futile against their awesomeness! Here’s what they have to say for their own bad selves: Natalie Reed is a magical young woman who lives in the …

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Jan 25 2012

David Fitzgerald Defends “Nailed”

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About a month and a half ago on my blog, a debate sprouted up in the comments here about David Fitzgerald’s Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All. Fitzgerald has recently found the time (how and where, I have no idea, his plate is even more crazy full than most people …

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Jan 24 2012

Adulthood, and the Liberation of Lowered Expectations

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Having recently turned fifty, it seems like a good time to ponder the question of what it means to be an adult. Ingrid and I were talking the other day about adulthood, and how it isn’t anything like we thought it would be when we were kids, or even when we were in college. When …

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Jan 20 2012

Fashion Friday: Being Your Best Real Self

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In fashion and style, is there a difference between trying to “hide your flaws,” and trying to make your good features stand out? I’ve been paying very conscious attention to fashion and style for about a year now. I’ve always cared about it to some extent — I rarely just threw on any old thing …

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Jan 20 2012

Are You an Evil Little Thing? Get the T-Shirt and Represent!

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UPDATE: The domain that the Evil Little Shirts were being sold through seems to have lapsed. If someone knows where Evil Little Thing T-shirts are being sold, let me know. In the meantime, I’ve removed the links from this post, as they’re linking to a spammy site that has nothing to do with Jessica Ahlquist …

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