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.

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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...]

ZJ Sifts the Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy from the Effects of Sexism

The incredibly talented vlogger and transgendered woman Zinnia Jones has begun hormone replacement therapy (HRT). She wants to be open about the internal changes that are going on with the increase of estrogen and the decrease of testosterone in her body but she recognizes that there are a number of challenges in accurately interpreting and articulating her experience. A large part of the problem is how much sexist stereotypes shape our conceptions of what it is to be a woman or to be a man. She explains in fascinating detail many of the interpretive pitfalls she has to navigate in this video. [Read more...]

Happy Bi Pride Day

For more correct information about bisexuality, I recommend strongly Patrick RichardsFink’s new blog Eponymous Fliponymous and our 20 minute conversation this morning about various myths related to bisexuality. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Chances to Learn Empathy–or Bigotry

What could inspire church kids to try to bully a man in a wheelchair? [Read more...]

The Monogamous Bisexual

Over the summer I had the pleasure of visiting with the Secular Student Alliance of St. Cloud State University. Among the very interesting and thoughtful people I met was a bisexual student in his forties named Patrick RichardsFink. Patrick has just launched a new blog called Eponymous Fliponymous. His first post was an excellent and [Read More...]

Is There Any Theological Basis For Making Opposition To Homosexuality and Abortion Tests of Christian Orthodoxy?

In this post, I am not interested in discussing what the “true” teachings of Christianity are. Partially this is because I don’t think there is any such thing as “true Christianity”. I do not think there is any reason to call “true Christianity” only those fundamentalist interpretations of the faith which claim (dubiously) to just obediently defer to [Read More...]

Anderson Cooper on the Importance of Coming Out

Anderson Cooper came out today in a poignant piece on Andrew Sullivan’s blog: Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the [Read More...]

On Being A Gay Pakistani Atheist in America. An Interview with "Ehsan Ali"

Ehsan Ali was born in Pakistan, and grew up there until he was 14. He has lived in the US most of his adult life. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and Africa. Ali’s interest include issues affecting women and LGBT people in Muslim communities in the West and in Muslim countries. See [Read More...]


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