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Monthly Archive: June 2012

Jun 29 2012

Gotta disagree with you here, thunderf00t

Hi, thunderf00t. I understand that you see Freethought Blogs as unrepresentative of the wider skeptical community in terms of its views on the problem of sexism in said community. That could indeed be the case, by whatever definition you use for FTB and the community at large (who’s included? who’s excluded? are we only counting …

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Jun 29 2012

Having a live show tonight at 11 PM Eastern

Heather and I will be on BlogTV tonight at 11 PM Eastern time to discuss current events and hang out with our readers for a while. If you haven’t been to BlogTV before, it’s essentially a live stream with a chatroom attached. It tends to be great fun. If you’d like to come see us, …

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Jun 29 2012

Actually, the recognition of circumcision as child abuse is a long-overdue ethical insight

Following a German court’s ruling that the circumcision of male infants constitutes a violation of child’s right to bodily integrity, The Telegraph’s Brendan O’Neill has mounted a particularly vacuous defense of the practice. As he sees it, “The rebranding of circumcision as ‘child abuse’ echoes the ugly anti-Semitism of medieval Europe” – yet he somehow …

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Jun 29 2012

Filling in each other’s blanks: The importance of listening

Why do we talk to people? Why do we bother to watch other people’s videos and read each other’s blogs? Why do we keep up with our friends, find new people to follow on Facebook, and converse with others in comment sections? Why do we take the time to connect with people? Certainly we may …

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Jun 28 2012

Audio novelty of the day

Someone assembled a mix of 18 songs by Pendulum, introducing them one by one until all of them are playing at once. The resulting mashup turned out to be only mildly chaotic, as the songs match each other remarkably well. The same effect appears to a lesser degree in various songs by Skrillex.

Jun 27 2012

“Put gays to death” may have been a hack. This isn’t.

The Minnesota for Marriage campaign is claiming that their message on Facebook saying gays should be “put to death” was the result of a hack, but whether or not that’s the case, their messaging elsewhere has been just as hostile and ridiculous. On the Minnesota Pastors for Marriage site, which is linked from Minnesota for …

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Jun 27 2012

Minnesota anti-gay-marriage campaign goes full Leviticus

See update below. Professional homophobes just can’t stop getting themselves in trouble with Leviticus 20:13, the infamous Old Testament verse that prescribes the death penalty for gay sex. For some reason, they can’t avoid citing a passage that almost literally says “death to gays”, with no regard for the fact that this would be quite …

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Jun 26 2012

Clarify something for me, Texas GOP

The Texas Republican Party’s 2012 platform reads: We support the definition of marriage as a God-ordained, legal and moral commitment only between a natural man and a natural woman, which is the foundational unit of a healthy society, and we oppose the assault on marriage by judicial activists. This may seem pretty straightforward, in that …

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Jun 25 2012

And now, Christian conservative activist Peter LaBarbera will judge your boobs

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I’m sure there’s a Biblical justification for this somewhere.

Jun 25 2012

Lazy pseudo-criticism of abortion

In an op-ed for the New York Times, former news anchor Campbell Brown has some advice for Planned Parenthood: Once again, Planned Parenthood is potentially making an enemy of someone who has failed to pass its purity test. It’s gotten to the point where, in this election cycle, the group’s political arm (while proudly claiming …

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