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Category Archive: Politics

Jun 30 2014

Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court, and the Toxic Notion of Corporate Personhood

Do you remember back in 2008, when Sarah Palin was asked which Supreme Court decisions she didn’t agree with other than Roe v. Wade, and she couldn’t think of any? I remember it became sort of a game among some of us: as ordinary citizens who were not running for the second highest public office …

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May 30 2014

New Game: Social Justice Autocorrect!

I need a break from horribleness. Let’s play a game! Let’s play Social Justice Autocorrect! Do you ever find that your assorted autocorrect thingies (phone, word processing, blogging software) don’t recognize social justice terminology? Do they come up with amusing autocorrect suggestions? This came up during a Twitter conversation with Not All Misandrists (@artfulscientist). They …

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May 26 2014

Misogynist Killer Post Compilation

Content note: misogyny, violence against women, murder I have a deadline coming up, and won’t be able to write about the Elliot Rodger mass murder for a couple/ few days. Many people have been writing excellent things about it. Here are links to just a few, with brief excerpts from each. Laurie Penny, New Statesman, …

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May 08 2014

My Email to the Saudi Embassy About Raif Badawi

Context: Raif Badawi, a Saudi blogger, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes, and fined more than $250,000 for the “crime” of insulting Islam. Raif founded a website called “Saudi Arabian Liberals” and advocated for a more tolerant Saudi Arabia which respected freedom of religion, belief, and expression, as well as women’s …

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May 08 2014

Raif Badawi Sentenced to 10 Years and 1,000 Lashes for Insulting Islam

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Raif Badawi, a Saudi blogger, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes, and fined more than $250,000 for the “crime” of insulting Islam. Raif founded a website called “Saudi Arabian Liberals” and advocated for a more tolerant Saudi Arabia which respected freedom of religion, belief, and expression, as well as women’s rights. …

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Apr 30 2014

A Few Sound-Bitey Thoughts About Oppression

It’s easy to say that an issue isn’t real when it doesn’t affect you. It’s easy to say that oppression is a distraction when it’s not the sea of shit you swim in every day. It’s easy to say that social justice is divisive when the status quo isn’t cutting you out. I’m just sayin’, …

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Apr 25 2014

“It’s Hard”: The Crux (Apparently) of the Atheism, Social Justice, and “Mission Drift” Question

And now — I think — we get to the crux of it. The goalposts have been moving and moving. But I strongly suspect that this is it, the crux of the objection to organized atheism getting involved in other social change issues: It’s hard. When I argued that the “mission drift” objection made no …

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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 23 2014

Greta’s Interview with Black FreeThinkers!

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I did a very cool, fun, interesting interview the other day with Kim Veal on the Black FreeThinkers radio show and podcast. The excuse, of course, was to discuss my new book, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why. But we talked about a lot of things, related …

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