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Category Archive: Current Affairs

Mar 16 2011

The Fred Phelps Supreme Court Decision and Why We Shouldn’t Look for Loopholes in the First Amendment

When it comes to free speech and the First Amendment, the content of the speech, and whether or not we find it hateful, vile and abhorrent, is irrelevant. 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 …

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Mar 10 2011

High School Atheists Courageously Battle for Their Rights… With Awesome Organization Behind Them

So when I was writing my recent news piece for AlterNet about the Secular Student Alliance and their new dedicated program for high school atheist groups, I kept finding myself being entertained by how hard it was to write. I am so not a news writer: I am an opinion writer, to the nucleus of …

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Mar 08 2011

High School Atheists Are Organizing — Why Are Schools Pushing Back?

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. High school non-theist groups are finally getting dedicated support from a national organization. Why are high schools resisting — and what does this mean for the future of atheism? High school student Brian Lisco just wanted to form a student club. A senior at Stephen Austin High School …

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Feb 24 2011

High School Atheists Are Organizing — Why Are Schools Pushing Back?

High school non-theist groups are getting dedicated support from a national organization but their schools are flipping out. What does this mean for the future of atheism? High school student Brian Lisco just wanted to form a student club. A senior at Stephen Austin High School in the Houston suburbs, Lisco wanted to meet with …

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Jan 06 2011

Why Are Believers So Hostile Toward Atheists?

Atheists get labeled as offensive and bitter… when we express anger, and when we express hope and morality and meaning. Why is it important for believers to frame atheism as inherently joyless and hostile? Is there anything atheists can say about our atheism — or even just about our lives — that won’t make people …

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Dec 28 2010

How Dare You Atheists Exist?

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. Religious believers commonly attack atheists simply for existing. Do out- of- the- closet atheists — even polite ones — challenge attempts at theocracy? What, exactly, do religious believers want from atheists? If you follow the atheism debates in op-ed pieces and whatnot, you’ll see that critiques of the …

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Dec 22 2010

Why Religious People Are Scared of Atheists

Religious believers commonly attack atheists simply for existing. Do out- of- the- closet atheists — even polite ones — challenge attempts at theocracy? What, exactly, do religious believers want from atheists? If you follow the atheism debates in op-ed pieces and whatnot, you’ll see that critiques of the so-called New Atheist movement are often aimed …

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May 25 2010

Why Are You Still Catholic?

This is an expanded version of a piece that was first published on AlterNet. If your softball league or your children’s school did what the Catholic Church is doing, you’d quit in outrage. So why are you still Catholic? For any Catholics who might be reading this, I have a question for you: Why are …

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May 20 2010

Why I’m Drawing Mohammad

This is my drawing of Mohammad. I wish I were a better artist, and could draw something other than a stick figure. But I actually kind of like its purity. If a simple, entirely undistinguished, smiling stick figure with the word “Mohammad” above it can be so offensive as to earn me a possible death …

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May 17 2010

Why Is Anyone Still Catholic?

If your softball league or your children’s school did what the Catholic Church is doing, you’d quit in outrage. So why haven’t you? For any Catholics who might be reading this, I have a question for you: Why are you still Catholic? Presumably, I don’t have to tell you about the rash of child-rape scandals …

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