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Apr 24 2014

Issue Organizations Versus Community Groups — At Last, A Legitimate Question About Atheism, Social Justice, and “Mission Drift”

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So in these conversations about organized atheism getting more involved in other social justice issues — and whether this (a) constitutes mission drift and/or (b) would be too controversial — there’s a point that some people seem to be legitimately confused about, and I think it’s worth clearing up. This comment from John Horstman expresses …

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Apr 23 2014

No, It’s Not Mission Drift — But It’s Too Controversial! More on Atheism and Social Justice

Yesterday I wrote a piece on organized atheism getting involved in other social justice work, pushing back against the notion that this was “mission drift.” I pointed out that local atheist groups do all kinds of volunteer work and service projects, such as highway cleanups and blood drives. And I asked: If these projects aren’t …

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Apr 22 2014

Atheist Highway Cleanups, and Some Further Thoughts On “Mission Drift”

So I’ve been thinking lately about this question of organized atheism getting involved in other social justice and social change issues. I’ve been thinking about the concern that often gets voiced when this question comes up — namely, that this would result in “mission drift,” and that organized atheism will get so involved in these …

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Apr 21 2014

“We have had some success, although we sure as hell need more”: Greta’s Interview with Black Skeptics

Black Skeptics: In the book you stress the value of engaging in debates about religion with believers to encourage questioning and coming out. However, as you acknowledge, debating the validity of religious belief is only one part of the equation. For example, the vast majority of LGBTQ people of color and straight people of color …

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Mar 27 2014

Karen Stollznow Legal Defense Fund Is In Place

The Karen Stollznow legal defense fund has been started, and is now in place. If you think victims of sexual harassment should be able to speak out without being silenced by lawsuits or fear of lawsuits, please donate — and please spread the word. My name is Karen Stollznow. I am an author and researcher …

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Mar 26 2014

“I didn’t write it, I never agreed to it, I never signed it”: The Supposed Karen Stollznow Apology

“I didn’t write it, I never agreed to it, I never signed it, and I’m not the liar here.” -Karen Stollznow For those who haven’t been following, a very brief summary: Last year, Karen Stollznow wrote a piece for Scientific American, coming forward with her story of having been sexually harassed. (The piece has since …

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Mar 15 2014

Massimo Pigliucci, Abortion, and the Scope of Tradition – UPDATED

UPDATE: Important note: This post has a different comment policy than the standard one on this blog. Comment policy is at the end of this post. SECOND UPDATE: Pigliucci has now updated his post, from saying that abortion should always be a very difficult and emotional step, to saying that “certain types of abortion (say, …

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Mar 14 2014

James Croft Apologizes and Retracts on Abortion Debate Issue

IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THE POSTS ABOUT DEBATING ABORTIONS: James Croft has changed his mind on the subject of abortion debates, and has apologized and offered a retraction. Good for him. That’s hard to do. Thanks.

Mar 13 2014

Having a Reasonable Debate About Abortion – A Clarification

IMPORTANT UPDATE: James Croft has changed his mind on this, and has apologized and offered a retraction. Good for him. I thought this was pretty clear in the original post on the abortion debates, and most people seem to have gotten it. But I’m going to spell it out more blatantly for those who seem …

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Mar 13 2014

Having a Reasonable Debate About Abortion

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Important note: This post has a different comment policy than the standard one on this blog. Comment policy is at the end of this post. UPDATE: Clarification added at the end, for some people who seem to have some problems with reading for comprehension. SECOND, VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE: James Croft has changed his mind on …

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