John Oliver On American Prisons

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Khomeini, Iran, and More Islamic Clerics on Sex With Children

Yesterday morning my traffic had enough of a surprise bump to indicate to me one of my posts must have been linked somewhere attention grabbing. With a little sleuthing. I traced the cause back to this Richard Dawkins tweet: User Actions Following Richard DawkinsVerified account‏@RichardDawkins “@ateisthafiz: pic.twitter.com/AcoqB97yGE” Is this a genuine quote from Ayatollah Khomeini? [Read More...]

A Hilarious Introduction to Metaphysics (& An Announcement for Chicago Readers)

Sevren Darden was a founder of the legendary Second City, Chicago’s improvisational comedy group that has gone on to launch the careers of many comedic legends. In this rare audio, he gives a hilarious 16 minute introduction to metaphysics. By the way… SPEAKING of Chicago, I’m going to be there again, August 16-17. I will [Read More...]

What Are You Doing Labor Day Weekend, Pennsylvania?

I know I will be going to Pittsburgh for Labor Day weekend, August 29-31. I will be speaking at the 2014 Pennsylvania Atheists/Humanists Conference. I went to the 2013 conference just as an attendee and had a blast, finally met a lot of friends from online, and for the first time met a lot of new cool [Read More...]

Social Pushback On Slurs Does Not Violate Free Speech Rights

When someone tells you not to call black people “niggers” or women “cunts” or gays “fags” or transgender people “trannies” or the mentally disabled “retards” or your enemies “assholes”, “douchebags”, “idiots”, or “stupid”, etc., this is not a free speech issue. It’s a how-to-use-speech-without-being-abusive issue. I would vociferously defend the legal rights of people to use all [Read More...]

“Why Do We Need Feminism, Shouldn’t We Just Be Humanists and Equalists?”

A lot of people say that of course they believe in equality for women, but they oppose feminism. Or they say that they’re not a feminist, they’re a humanist. So why should humanists and egalitarians also be feminists? Why isn’t being a feminist superfluous to egalitarianism and humanism or, even worse, somehow anti-humanist or anti-egalitarian? Let’s start [Read More...]

Why Do We Need Labels Like “Gay”, “Bi”, “Trans”, and “Cis”?

In this post I want to address skepticism about identity labels. I want to deal with people who say things like the following: People shouldn’t have to identify as gay or straight or bi, they should just be people. Or People shouldn’t identify as gay or bi because that’s defining yourself by who you want [Read More...]

Nietzsche, New Atheism, and Me

Every now and then a religious apologist comes along and bashes the New Atheists for being far shallower than the great atheists of yore. And when they reach into history for shining examples of admirably honest and deep atheists who had something at least worth taking seriously, they invariably laud Nietzsche. David B. Hart devoted [Read More...]

The “Tranny” Debate: A Musing in Two Anecdotes, a Comparison, and a Proposal

This is a guest post by Das Janssen. Das Janssen is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Chicago State University and a member of several of Chicago’s overlapping queer communities.  His lifetime quest is to avoid having the last word.  The word “tranny” has become the center of a lively debate in recent weeks. Some say the [Read More...]


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