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...]

The Economic Case Against Trickle Down Economics–in Terrific Cartoon Form

An excellent pro-Obama cartoon on the economy by Simpsons and Family Guy animator Lucas Gray that is almost certain to go viral, and most certainly should. [Read more...]

“You Can Kill Things But Still Like Them”

Rick Santorum says he has “voted to kill Big Bird” and that you can “kill things but still like them.” In other news, Newt Gingrich wants to liberate Big Bird from bureaucracy. [Read more...]

Liveblogging The Obama-Romney Domestic Policy Debate!!

My responses to the debate as recorded in real time for posterity. [Read more...]

James Croft on Humanist Values, Opposing Religion, and Supporting Gay Marriage as Sacred

James Croft will be on the Camels With Hammers Show on Sunday morning at 10am EST. In this post, I put up two excellent speeches he gave this year. In one he explains how Humanists historically have, and in the future can, play a special role as moral reformers. In another he attempts to give a morally and politically influential speech–and succeeds. Along with the videos, I quote an illuminating section of an interview I conducted with him last summer. [Read more...]

Remixing Obama

Turn about’s fairplay. Hugh Atkin, who made the fantastic “Will The Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up” video which I highlighted in the spring, has a terrific new parody of the infamous Obama line “You didn’t build that” which the GOP has quote mined into a rallying point. Both this video and the Romney one [Read More...]

A Scandalous Photo of Obama with Karl Marx

via Mali Munch Hawthorne [Read more...]

Freethinkers and Labor

In a special Labor Day post, vorjack wrote today about the ways that leading American freethinkers like Thomas Paine, Robert Owen, Frances Wright, and Robert G. Ingersoll all mixed up their concern for free thinking with their concern for labor rights. Go check it out. (This was of course before official proclamations went through the [Read More...]

If Contemporary American Conservatives Had Written The New Testament

It’d sound more like this: [Read more...]


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