Be Secular Interviews, Mandisa Thomas Black and Me

Tonight at 9pm Eastern Time, I will be on Mark Nebo’s “Be Secular Interview of the Week” show. Go here to watch live and, of course, I’ll post the video afterwards. Below is his interview last week with Mandisa Thomas, a founder and current President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. and an organizer of last weekend’s [Read More...]

Women Leaving Religion

Stephanie Zvan moderated a panel of women with fascinating and diverse stories of how they left their faiths: Maryam Namazie, Teresa MacBain, Vyckie Garrison, and Jamila Bey. Put the timestamps of your favorite moments in the comments for others who are short on time and need to skim! Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

“What Atheists Wish Christians Knew”

Neil Carter provides a pretty accurate and pleasant primer on what bothers a lot of atheists, from a non-antitheist perspective:

For more, read my Top 10 Tips For Reaching Out To Atheists.

Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

God’s Embarrassing Diary

This satire is a little bit hamhanded, clunky, and hokey, but the idea is good, the points made are valuable, and a few of the jokes really work:

Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Atheist Preacher Jerry DeWitt on the Rock of Reason

It continues to bring a smile to my face to see recent deconvert Jerry DeWitt turn his preacher’s talents against religion: I had a lot of thoughts, both positive and wary upon seeing Jerry speak live at the American Atheists convention in April. You can see Jerry’s full “sermon” from that day and read my [Read More...]

Marginalized Groups, Civility, Privilege, and What Replaces Religion: An Interview with James Croft

I just finished having a great conversation with James Croft of the blog Temple of the Future for this week’s episode of The Camels With Hammers Show. There is a special announcement related to James’s blog at the end of the interview. We had some technical difficulties so the interview took the form of two parts.

In the first video we talked primarily about my stance in favor of civility. I have in recent months controversially argued that members of marginalized groups shouldn’t embrace using abusive language as a routine method of fighting oppression. I decided to run these views by James, who is himself gay and a vigorous activist for both atheist and gay causes.

In the second video, James answers my questions about whether people with social privilege can ever learn enough about out-group experiences in order to offer critical suggestions to members of marginalized groups or whether an epistemic privilege stemming from marginalization can be absolute. Then the rest of the video is spent discussing questions about controversies in the atheist community related to how to relate to religious people and how atheists can go about meeting people’s needs that most people presently turn to religion for–without turning atheism into a religion itself.

Click on the title of this post to see the videos! [Read more...]

Introducing “The Camels With Hammers Show”

This afternoon, I had a chat with Camels With Hammers readers for the inaugural episode of The Camels With Hammers Show. I am most grateful to Kyle Hughart, Dwight Welch, Michael Boys, Dave Mann, and Adam Freese for joining me for the chat. Predominantly engaging with Kyle Hughart, We talked about ethics for the first 43 minutes and [Read More...]

Mr. Deity and Human Rights

Brand new Mr. Deity: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Thunderf00t: YouTube Has Started Banning Religiously Offensive Videos

Spread it before it gets removed by YouTube. YouTube needs to learn that not everyone has a moral right to be offended by just anything and make their policies accordingly. H/T: Al Stefanelli Your Thoughts? ___________________ In the comments, TomeWyrm offers helpful advice: If you’d like to download it, you can use the bookmarklet and [Read More...]


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