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Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 12 2013

Harassment, Rape, and the Difference Between Skepticism and Denialism – UPDATED

UPDATE: There is now a timeline of the major events in these accusations, and the responses to them, on Jason Thibeault’s Lousy Canuck blog. It includes several additional reports of harassment and sexual assault, and several additional pieces of corroboration of these reports. It is being updated as new information comes in and as new …

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Aug 11 2013

The Atheist Baseball Game — Pics!

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I’ve been having a grand time at the Minnesota Atheists conference. This sort of community building is exactly the sort of thing everyone says we need to be doing, and it’s wonderful to see it happening, and to be a part of it. At a very discouraging time — to say the least — it’s …

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Aug 09 2013

God Won’t Cure Mental Illness: What’s Wrong With Rick Warren’s Sermon

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“We’re all mentally ill.” “You have fears, you have worries, you have doubts, you have compulsions, you have attractions…” So said Rick Warren, founder and senior pastor of the megachurch Saddleback Church and author of “The Purpose-Driven Life,” in a sermon largely about his son’s mental illness and recent suicide. Warren was clearly trying to …

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Aug 08 2013

Processing: The Sexual Harassment And Abuse Floodgates In General… And CFI In Particular (UPDATED AND CORRECTED)

FINAL UPDATE (I hope): There is now a timeline of the major events in these accusations, and the responses to them, on Jason Thibeault’s Lousy Canuck blog. It includes several additional reports of harassment and sexual assault, and several additional pieces of corroboration of these reports. It is being updated as new information comes in …

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Aug 07 2013

Karen Stollznow’s Complaint About Ben Radford – Do You Have Evidence Backing It?

If you have evidence or personal accounts that will back Karen Stollznow’s complaint about Ben Radford, please send them to CFI — and please make them public if you can. The CFI Board of Directors can be emailed via the Corporate Secretary, Tom Flynn, at [email protected] They can also be reached by snail mail, at: …

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Aug 06 2013

This Needs To Be Handled

In case you haven’t read it already: Skeptical writer and speaker Karen Stollznow has written a piece for the Scientific American blog, “I’m Sick of Talking about Sexual Harassment!”, recounting her years-long experience with on-the-job sexual harassment and sexual assault. It has now been reported that the workplace in question was CFI, and the alleged …

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Aug 05 2013

Women in Secularism, Affirmative Action, and “Lowering the Bar”

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This piece was originally published a month ago in The Humanist. So there’s this conference. Maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s the Women in Secularism conference: the second one happened in May of this year in Washington D.C. There’s been some controversy having to do with the conference and with the opening talk given by …

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Aug 05 2013

Godless Perverts Social Club August 6 — and Godless Perverts Story Hour August 31!

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The Godless Perverts have two events coming up in August! Mark your calendars! The Godless Perverts Social Club is now meeting on the first Tuesday of every month — and our next gathering is Tuesday, August 6. Community is one of the reasons we started Godless Perverts. There are few enough places to land when …

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Aug 02 2013

How Not To Convince a Feminist That Sexism Hasn’t Been Proven

Pro tip: If you’re trying to convince me that sexism in atheism isn’t a thing, that it hasn’t been proven, that of course sexism exists but we have no reason to think it exists in atheism, that it’s some extraordinary claim that needs more evidence to demonstrate than the mountain that’s already been collected… don’t …

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Aug 01 2013

“I was meditating…”

I was meditating on existential despair and allowing myself to richly grieve the ultimate heat-death of the universe, when the doorbell rang. ‘I wonder if that’s my new shoes,’ I thought. This opening paragraph for a story just popped into my head. I doubt that it’s going anywhere, so I’m just going to let it …

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