1. Paguroidea says

    It is great to see intelligent young people who are comfortable expressing their atheistic opinions! People like Dawkins, PZ and others are creating a more comfortable environment for such expression from youth. Thanks.

  2. Paguroidea says

    plunge – Thanks for the link to Dawkins’ post. I especially love the ending.

    “If those books are, as is often dismissively said, preaching to the choir, do not underestimate its size or ability. This is a very large and very talented choir, and the time has come for its music to be heard.”

    I think we’re just starting to hear some music!

  3. MarkR says

    PZ, if I were 10 years younger and Skatje were 10 years older. . . .

    She’s an awesome young woman.

    Happy new year to you and yours.

  4. says

    PZ, your daughter is probably the most ridiculously clear, concise, and intelligent-sounding sixteen-year-old I’ve ever encountered, and I’ve worked with and known many. Wasn’t even THAT long ago that I was one, myself, but she’s certainly got me trumped at that age. Kudos to you both.

  5. SmellyTerror says

    There’s no way she’s 16. That’s a lie. Why would you even make up a lie like that? Who would believe it? What do you think we are, suckers?

    …I kid, because at 16 I was an idiot, and it embarrasses me that others aren’t. I do know a lot of 16 year olds, though, and I can safely say that this one has unfeasibly high levels of awesome. If she is not our benevolent overlord within 20 years then she has wasted her potential.

    No pressure, just sayin’…

  6. quork says

    I dunno. I think Dawkins is at least going to give her a run for her money.

    Good stuff! High style points. I’m going to wager that PZ posts about it once he wakes up.

    I expect the usual contingent of thoreologians and thoreologian-enablers to dismiss it though. Dawkins just hasn’t put in the footwork to be taken seriously on the topic.

  7. says

    Thanks for the link. I see a writer that is growing, and gaining the ability to express clearly and concisely a concept that is important to her.

  8. ERV says

    House slave nontheist who hasnt read Dawkins or Skaje:
    Clearly she is a hate-filled little girl that whose ‘aggressive anti-theism’ will hurt all of ‘us’!!

    PZ tell her to sit on her hands in the back of the bus, never mentioning (whisper) “ATHEISM”, or else Master – I mean theists – might get mad at us!!!

  9. says

    “Hey, she’s got the mentis (*) on her page. Does that mean it’s a movement now?”

    Somebody had to start it. We can debate over which one we want to use for years, so I just went with one.

  10. Paguroidea says

    Skatje’s right. We could debate for years over which symbol to use.

    Hmmm. I just noticed Rosio Pavoris has a mentis in the lower right column too. Maybe this is catching on.

  11. says

    Thanks for posting the link to that great blog post. It was very impressive, and I look forward to reading more from her.

  12. says

    It looks like the quest for iconography representing AtheismTM demonstrates that atheists will argue against anything but godlessness.

  13. JohnnieCanuck says

    Thanks quork, I’m glad I already finished the Diet Coke. Best joke I’ve seen this year.