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Category Archive: Politics

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

American Atheists Times Square billboard

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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Dec 14 2012

Republicans and Fundies: Reaping What They Sowed

So I’ve been thinking about the last election. I’ve been having this thought about the Republican party, and how they’ve gotten shackled to the hard-core Christian fundamentalists as their base even while this strategy is alienating moderate and even conservative voters. And it occurred to me: They are reaping what they sowed. In the Reagan …

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Nov 07 2012

Election 2012, and the Victory of Secular Values

A few observations from Tuesday’s election: 1: Same-sex marriage won in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington. In Minnesota, a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was overturned; in Maine and Maryland and Washington, same-sex marriage has been flat-out approved. This is the first time in United States history that same-sex marriage has been approved by popular …

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Nov 06 2012

Decisions Are Made By Those Who Show Up: Why Voting and Calling Congress Isn’t a Waste of Time

empty voting booths

When I first wrote this piece a few years ago, I wrote it specifically to encourage people to call or email their Congresspeople or other elected representatives. But it applies just as well to voting. So I’m recycling it here today. I’m concerned that progressives in the U.S. may not turn out very heavily in …

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Sep 26 2012

Make Sure You Can Vote

keep calm and register to vote national voter registration day

Yesterday was National Voter Registration Day, which I missed because I was taking a five-mile walk, punctuated by stopping into bookstores and sitting in cafes. But I saw this graphic on Facebook late in the day, and it inspired me to comment. The Republican Party is basically trying to steal this election by making it …

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Sep 21 2012

4 Ways Christianity Sneaks Into Our Secular Government — And Why it Matters

In God We Trust

“In God We Trust” on the money. “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Creches and crosses on public land. Religious mottos on public buildings. Prayers starting public government meetings. Prayers in the public schools. If you didn’t know better, you’d think the religious right was right, and the United States really was a Christian …

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