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Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 24 2012

There is no blacklist

The latest uproar from the misogynist mob is over a rumor that there is a secret list of people who won’t get invited to conferences. There is no list. There are petty people who think calling someone ugly is reasonable behavior, people who have not yet grown out of junior high school. There are personal …

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May 23 2012

Yay! I made it to Germany!

It was not an easy accomplishment — I’d spent a day waiting in the Minnesota heat before I could board my plane, and I was a burnt out frazzled mess by the time I got wedged into my slot in the flying tin can, and then I spent most of the flight in a sweating, …

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May 23 2012

I had a better impression of Canadians before I read that tripe

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: “Atheism is another religious belief”. “I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist.” “Someone curdled the contents of my brain pan and replaced them with a thurible.” Yeah, familiar nonsense, isn’t it? And now a Canadian “legal philosopher, writer, professor and practicing legal consultant”, Iain Benson, is …

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May 23 2012

Why I am an atheist – Jacob Davis

I am an atheist because of my personal experiences. I am not an atheist because I am a rationalist or because I am a student of the sciences. Indeed, the opposite is likely true. I became a rationalist and enthusiastic about science after my scepticism about gods emerged. It was my attempt to find reasons …

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May 22 2012

Do we have to read the Bible?

There’s a scheme at work to put a Bible in every school in England, and Richard Dawkins approves. I do too, sharing one opinion: I have an ulterior motive for wishing to contribute to Gove’s scheme. People who do not know the Bible well have been gulled into thinking it is a good guide to …

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May 22 2012

Hey, Seattle, try harder

In a list of the 10 least religious cities, my hometown of Seattle came in third, beaten by Tampa and Portland. Portland? Come on, Seattle, you can beat a town full of hipsters. Turn a few more churches into gay bars, OK? To no one’s surprise, I’m sure, Salt Lake City is the most religious …

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May 22 2012

Episode CCCXXIX: Centered

While I was in Kamloops, I got to meet The Thinking Atheist, who premiered this most excellent video at the meeting. This guy is a talented pro — I hope more atheist organizations tap into his skills (he made one of the best videos of the Reason Rally, for instance.) (Episode CCCXXVIII: No remorse.)

May 22 2012

The “objective morality” gotcha

There is a common line of attack Christians use in debates with atheists, and I genuinely detest it. It’s to ask the question, “where do your morals come from?” I detest it because it is not a sincere question at all — they don’t care about your answer, they’re just trying to get you to …

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May 22 2012

Why I am an atheist – Robert Huckabee

I was probably born an atheist; I can’t remember one way or another. After a long try at Christianity mostly because that’s what just about everyone I ever knew acted like they thought, I realized I know nothing of any reason to believe in any God. So, I returned to no belief as a natural …

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May 22 2012

#WISCFI summarized

So you’re looking for summaries of the Women in Secularism conference, because you, like me, weren’t able to go. Here you go: Skatje Myers, Jen McCreight, Ashley Miller, Skeptical Seeker, and Catherine Dunphy. I’m a little jealous. Now what I expect to happen, though, is that this long list of speakers — Lauren Becker, Ophelia …

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