Category Archive: Politics

Aug 16 2012

4 Reasons Atheists Have to Fight for Their Rights

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This piece was originally published on AlterNet. In the U.S., atheists have laws protecting us. But laws aren’t always obeyed, or enforced — and fighting for legal rights can have dire consequences. “You atheists are just taking on the mantle of victimhood. There are laws protecting you — especially the First Amendment. Therefore, you’re not …

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Aug 10 2012

Fashion Friday: Money


I was flipping through the new issue of Vogue the other day. (Yes, I read Vogue. In fact, I subscribe to Vogue.) I saw a pair of shoes that made me stop dead in my tracks, a pair of shoes that made my heart hurt and my clit throb: a pair of tall black stiletto …

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Jul 24 2012

Race and Inclusivity — A To-Do List

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If we want the atheist/ skeptical communities to be more inclusive and more welcoming to people of color — what, specifically, can we do about it? IMPORTANT NOTE: This post has a different comment policy than my standard one. It’s at the end of the post. Please read it and respect it. Thanks. At the …

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Jul 19 2012

History, My Bum Knee, and Some People I Want to Thank

So what does a trip to the emergency room have to do with the history of science and the fight for social justice? This whole “dislocated knee” thing has sucked, and continues to suck, and will probably suck for a little while longer. (I don’t yet know for how long: I’ll keep you posted.) But …

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Jul 09 2012

Help Ashley F. Miller Save South Carolina Commission for the Arts

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley just destroyed the South Carolina Commission for the Arts. Help Ashley F. Miller save it. Passing the need on and sharing is something that you can do to help. Even if you don’t contact the politicians, please share. And it is on reddit.

Jul 04 2012

What Gets Left Out of Conversations: Stephanie Zvan’s “Elisions”

I’ve decided that one weekday a week, I need to devote my time on working on my next books, and not write a whole new blog post. So for that day, I’m going to point to other blog posts that other people have written, comment on them briefly, and open them up for discussion. A …

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Jun 21 2012

Schroedinger’s Threat

So as some of you may know, Ophelia Benson at Butterflies and Wheels posted this to her blog a couple of days ago: I got email threats about TAM today, so I’m not going. One less thing to worry about. Today she posted a follow-up, saying that the threat in question seems not to have …

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Jun 13 2012

So-Called “Litmus Tests”: Skepticism and Social Justice


There’s this argument that keeps cropping up. Some skeptics argue that skepticism — skeptical organizations, conferences, publications, meetups, etc. — should branch out from the traditional topics we’re usually associated with, such as astrology and UFOs and Bigfoot, and spend more time applying skepticism to social justice issues. The drug war; abstinence-only sex education; laws …

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Jun 07 2012

In Defense of Pretentious Hipster Douchebaggery, Culinary Edition


“No, I do not want a beer. I just got back home to San Francisco after a week in the South and the Midwest. I want a ridiculous, pretentious, overpriced cocktail with a lot of stupid crap in it.” -Greta Christina Yes. When it comes to food and booze, I am one of those pretentious …

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Jun 01 2012

Why Atheists Have Become a Kick-Ass Movement You Want on Your Side


This piece was originally published on AlterNet. Why would any organization or social change movement want to ally itself with a community that’s energetic, excited about activism, highly motivated, increasingly visible, good at fundraising, good at getting into the news, increasingly populated by young people, and with a proven track record of mobilizing online in …

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