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Category Archive: Politics

May 06 2013

Does Social Justice Activism Mean Mission Drift for Atheism and Skepticism?

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If the atheist and skeptical movements focus on political and social justice issues, will that constitute mission drift? No. Okay. I realize that’s not a very satisfying answer. How about this: Nothing that anyone I know is advocating in this department constitutes mission drift. Sure, there are some ways this could hypothetically happen, if that …

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Apr 15 2013

In Praise of Taxes

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(This piece is a reprint from April 15, 2009.) I realize that griping about taxes is an ancient tradition. Especially, in America, on or around April 15th. Today, I want to buck this long-standing tradition. Today, I want to speak in praise of taxes. Look. I don’t passionately love paying taxes, either. I’m especially cranky …

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Feb 26 2013

Comedy Does Not Win a Free Pass: Seth MacFarlane at the Oscars

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I am sick to death of the idea that “it’s just comedy” somehow gives you a free pass when you’re saying things that are racist and sexist. And I am sick to death of the idea that any transgression of social norms — no matter what those norms are, or why they exist — automatically …

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Feb 05 2013

Gay Bishop Comes Up With the Worst Argument to Support Same-Sex Marriage

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An atheist says Bishop Gene Robinson’s new book, “God Believes in Love,” has some major flaws. How do we convince religious believers to accept same-sex marriage? The opposition to LGBT rights in general, and to same-sex marriage in particular, overwhelmingly comes from conservative religion, founded in the religious belief that gay sex makes baby Jesus …

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Jan 29 2013

Intersectionality’s The Thing: Andrew Tripp’s Reply

Sparked by his piece on transmisogyny from a little while ago, Andrew Tripp and I have been having a conversation about atheist activism and what its priorities should be, amongst other things. Andrew has posted his reply to my most recent response: Intersectionality’s The Thing: Responding to Greta. If you’re interested in this conversation and …

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Jan 27 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Increasingly Desperate and Stupid

Wow. They’re really getting desperate. Headline and subhead from the Los Angeles Times: Gay marriage opponents take unusual tack with Supreme Court Lawyers defending the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop. 8 argue that marriage should be limited to opposite-sex unions because they alone can ‘produce unplanned and unintended offspring.’ Quote: “It is plainly …

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Jan 24 2013

“Whatever activism gets them excited”: A Reply to Andrew Tripp

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Andrew Tripp and I were having an email conversation about a piece he recently wrote about priorities in the atheist movement, titled Papercuts: Transmisogyny, Western Atheists, and the Meaning of Oppression. We both thought the conversation might be of interest to other people, so we’ve taken it public. Today’s piece is in response to Andrew’s …

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Jan 23 2013

The Scale of the Thing: Andrew Tripp’s Reply

Andrew Tripp and I have been having an email conversation about a piece he recently wrote on the Considered Exclamations blog, titled Papercuts: Transmisogyny, Western Atheists, and the Meaning of Oppression. The piece was primarily about transphobia and oppression against trans people, especially among some feminists, and most of the piece I agreed with heartily. …

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Jan 22 2013

Is Anti-Atheist Bigotry A Papercut? A Conversation with Andrew Tripp

Andrew Tripp and I have been having an email conversation about a piece he recently wrote, titled Papercuts: Transmisogyny, Western Atheists, and the Meaning of Oppression. We both thought the conversation might be of interest to other people, so we’ve decided to take it public. For the record: There are some things Andrew says in …

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Jan 10 2013

Shoes for Social Justice! UPDATED

So if you were following the absurd manufactured shoe controversy, and you were feeling irritated or frustrated about it (or just baffled by how unbelievably dumb it was), and you felt inspired to do something about it — here’s something you can do. In response to the stupid non-controversy, several readers made new donations to …

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