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Category Archive: Current Affairs

Dec 06 2011

Child Rape, Penn State, and the Catholic Church: Is Religion Especially Bad?

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This piece was originally published on AlterNet. The child rape scandal at Penn State raises inevitable comparisons with the Catholic Church. Does religion make these kinds of abuses worse? I can’t be the only person who heard about the Penn State child rape scandal and thought, “Holy crap — it’s just like the Catholic Church.” …

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Nov 23 2011

Child Rape, Penn State and the Catholic Church: Is Religion Especially Bad?

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The child rape scandal at Penn State raises inevitable comparisons with the Catholic Church. Does religion make these kinds of abuses worse? I can’t be the only person who heard about the Penn State child rape scandal and thought, “Holy crap — it’s just like the Catholic Church.” The abuse of power by a trusted …

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Sep 16 2011

I have my archives!

I have my archives from my old blog! They’re here! With comments and everything! They’re even in the right categories! Images and videos didn’t make it over, and there are a handful of posts that didn’t make it and that I’ll have to put in by hand. (For some reason, it didn’t like my posts …

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Jun 08 2011

High School Atheist Ostracized by Town — Atheist Community Steps Up

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. When a high school atheist tried to stop prayer at his graduation, he was ostracized, threatened, and kicked out of his house. But the atheist community stepped in. Whatever you think about atheists — good, bad, mixed, indifferent — this story should seriously trouble you. Damon Fowler, an …

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May 26 2011

High School Student Stands Up Against Prayer at Public School and Is Ostracized, Demeaned and Threatened

When a high school atheist tried to stop prayer at his graduation, he was harassed and kicked out of his house. But the atheist community stepped in. Whatever you think about atheists — good, bad, mixed, indifferent — this story should seriously trouble you. Damon Fowler, an atheist student at Bastrop High School in Louisiana, …

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May 20 2011

Live-blogging the Rapture

Well, if the end of the world really is nigh, there ought to be some documentation of it for future generations. Oh, wait. There won’t be any future generations. Still. It stand to reason. I mean, if hundreds of years from now, space aliens or something visit the charred remains of our post-Apocalyptic planet and …

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May 20 2011

Rapture Fear: What If The End Really Is Nigh?

So I have something embarrassing to admit. With all the talk about the Rapture that’s supposedly coming on May 21? With all the Rapture parties, the snarky jokes, the atheist conferences around the country specifically scheduled on Rapture Weekend for the purpose of making fun of it? There is a tiny, tiny part of me …

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Apr 05 2011

Why Do Atheists Have to Advertise?

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. “Are you good without God? Millions are.” “Imagine no religion.” “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” Atheist ad campaigns are everywhere. Around the U.S. and around the world, atheist organizations have been buying space on billboards, buses, TV and more, with messages ranging …

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Mar 29 2011

“Spreading the Good News About Atheism”: Why We Need Atheist Ad Campaigns

“Are you good without God? Millions are.” “Imagine no religion.” “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” Atheist ad campaigns are everywhere. Around the U.S. and around the world, atheist organizations have been buying space on billboards, buses, TV and more, with messages ranging from the mild-mannered “Don’t believe in God? …

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Mar 28 2011

Fred Phelps, and Why We Shouldn’t Look for Loopholes in the First Amendment

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. Let’s start with something I hope we all agree on. What Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church do? It’s repulsive. Picketing people’s funerals? Specifically, picketing the funerals of gay-bashing victims and U.S. soldiers? Going to people’s funerals and essentially celebrating? Wielding big colorful signs saying, “God Hates …

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