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Category Archive: Politics

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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Aug 29 2012

I Kill Sperm in My Vagina With My Mind

Just my mind kills sperm in my vagina… James Taylor fans everywhere are dying a thousand deaths. But this is both one of funniest and one of the most savage bits of commentary on the Todd Akin “legitimate rape” travesty that I’ve seen. It’s the Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella® Beautyshop Quartet, singing “I Kill …

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Aug 27 2012

Atheism Plus – The Site Is Here! Plus Some Updates

Some important updates on Atheism Plus! First of all, and very importantly: Atheism Plus is here! Which is to say: Atheism Plus is now more than just an idea. Atheism Plus is now a thing. Right now, that thing is a website: still under construction, but active — and with a forum happening right now! …

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Aug 21 2012

Why Atheism Plus Is Good for Atheism

Apluslogo

I’m going to lay this out there: I think Atheism Plus is good. And I don’t just mean “good” in the sense of “morally right.” I mean “good” as in “good for the health and future of atheism.” As most readers here know, Jen McCreight recently proposed a new wave of atheism — an “atheist …

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Aug 17 2012

Fashion Friday: “The soaring heights and the greedy, murderous depths”: ceepolk

I’m taking a semi-break from blogging this week: mostly doing reprints, event announcements, cat pictures, street art pictures, reposting interesting comments, and so on. So for this week’s Fashion Friday, I’m re-posting this comment that ceepolk made on last week’s Fashion Friday piece on fashion and money. It was an exceptionally insightful, extraordinarily beautiful piece …

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Aug 16 2012

Greta’s Interview at The Matthew Filipowicz Show!

Matthew-Filipowicz

I’ve just done a cool interview at The Matthew Filipowicz Show. In the radio show/ podcast thing, we talk about why atheists have to fight for our rights, even though we have laws protecting us; anti-atheist discrimination in high schools, workplaces, custody battles, and more; whether atheist anger is legitimate; my ultimate goal as an …

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