Russell Brand Calls Out Transphobic Responses to Bruce Jenner

The footage of bigoted scrutinization of Bruce Jenner that Russell Brand goes after here is pretty pathetic. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Weird Al and Huey Lewis in a Mind-Warping Meta-Double-Inverse-Parody

This parody of American Psycho with Huey Lewis himself commenting on the film itself precisely where Patrick Bateman commented on Huey Lewis, which also involves “Weird Al”, who also parodied Huey in the ’80s, is some sort of meta-double-inverse-parody that is probably singular, in its own parodic genre. This is the kind of stuff an ambitious young postmodernist [Read More...]

FtBConscience 3 Online Conference Schedule (Including My Appearances) #FtBCon

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FtBConscience is an exciting experiment in holding conferences. Taking out all the expense of travel and hotels and all the commitment of having to clear your schedule to attend a conference, Freethought Blogs has been a pioneer in making a high quality atheist/social justice conference available to everyone around the world in real time. Using Google [Read More...]

On Being A Religious Minority in a Secularized Culture

The following is a guest post from Alexandra, an ex-Christian. Neil Carter’s post today made some excellent points about the high costs of leaving your faith – how when your entire life is entwined with your beliefs: your social circles, your relationships, your marriage, and sometimes even your career itself, the cost of even allowing your mind to explore [Read More...]

Men Apologizing For “Having Abortions”

You must see this video from Heroic Media in order to fully comprehend how manipulative, disempowering, and woman-erasing it is: Under the guise of men taking responsibility, in the sense of guilt, they advocate aggressively for men taking responsibility to control the women in their lives. They elide the fact that it is women’s bodies (or, [Read More...]

Answering 16 of the Worst #JeSuisCharlie #CharlieHebdo Memes

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In response to the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices last week, I have read a number of arguments, claims, and memes that I strongly disagree with.

Instead of writing multiple posts covering them all and having my views on one issue distorted by people who would imagine for me the worst of all possible views on all other interrelated issues, I have decided to post sixteen (mostly short) replies covering many nuances of controversy swirling around. Feel free to jump to the topics of greatest controversy to you, but please if you seek to criticize my views on any one controversy take note of other sections where I might address other objections you have further.

1. “Why are people insisting we show the images? We can stand up for free speech without approving of or republishing images we disagree with.”

2. “Charlie Hebdo’s murdered staff aren’t heroes and martyrs. They were just insulting marginalized people and disrespecting religion.”

3. “Freedom of speech shouldn’t give you the right to insult people’s religions.”

4. “Even if we should honor the legal right to blaspheme, it’s still morally inappropriate for being so disrespectful.”

5. “I refuse to say ‘Je Suis Charlie’ because don’t do the offensive things they do.”

6. “How can you be racists to Muslims if they’re not a race?”

7. “The real heroes are the Muslim cops who died defending Charlie Hebdo even though Charlie Hebdo mocked their religion. Charlie Hebdo by contrast weren’t heroes.”

8. “Almost no Muslims support assaults on conscience so it’s unfair to blame Islam itself for theocracy or terrorism.”

9. “But why is it that if a Muslim commits murder an entire religion is blamed, if a black person does an entire race is blamed, but as soon as it’s a white male he’s just a random ‘psycho’? Blaming Islam for the actions of these terrorists is clearly just racism.”

10. “No True Muslim Would Be A Terrorist.” Or, its evil cousin, “Muslim terrorists are the true Muslims.”

11. “Aren’t the cartoons of Charlie Hebdo generally racist, sexist, and homophobic even when not portraying Muslims?”

12. “Are the cartoons of Charlie Hebdo examples of ‘hipster racism‘”?

13. “All good satire punches up, rather than kicks people who are down. Mocking the marginalized is not funny, it’s kicking people who are already down. It’s one thing for French satirists to go after the Pope (he represents the putative majority religion in France, so that’s punching up) but it’s qualitatively different to go after the founder of a minority religion (that’s punching down).”

14. “But Muslims have no choice but to be offended since their religion requires that there be no depictions of Muhammad.”

15. “Is it racist of the media to pay so much more attention to the massacre at Charlie Hebdo than the Nigerian massacre by Boko Haram and the attempted bombing of an NAACP building?”

16. “If the West truly cared about free expression it would be equally up in arms about all its own human rights abuses.”

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Dan Fincke vs. John Figdor. A Debate About Whether Morality Is Fundamentally Objective or Subjective.

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Tonight I squared off with John Figdor, author of Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-first Century on the topic of whether morality should best be conceived of as an objective or a subjective matter. Atheist Analysis hosted the debate. The debate is now available below. Many thanks to John for participating and Max [Read More...]

Baby Got Book

This is funny, but not at all in the way its makers think it is. And disturbing in ways they don’t even suspect. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

12 Murdered in Paris, Apparently Over Satire of Islam #CharlieHebdo #JeSuisCharlie

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UPDATE JANUARY 13, 2015: Here’s my post about the controversies swirling around Charlie Hebdo in the last 6 days since the massacre: Answering 16 of the Worst #JeSuisCharlie #CharlieHebdo Memes Ten journalists at Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris were assassinated this morning. Two  policemen were also killed and about twenty people were wounded. The perpetrators are apparently Muslim extremists. In this video you [Read More...]


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