The Amazing Rape-Celebrating Atheist

High alert trigger warning. Read with caution. [Read more...]

Religious Privilege and Grievance-Based Catholic Identity Politics on Full Display

In a column last week, Melinda Henneberger criticized the Obama administration’s refusal to exempt the Catholic Church from requirements it provide for its employees health insurance which would cover birth control at organizations it runs which have secular functions. The column is an extraordinary exemplification of religious entitlement, identity politics, and anti-secular, anti-democratic demands for [Read More...]

"What Are The Limits of Church Authority In the Public Sphere?"

This is part 2 of a debate with Roman Catholic theology graduate student named Mary. In part 1, we introduced and began to debate the topic of whether or not universities, hospitals, and social agencies run by the Catholic Church should be exempted from laws requiring employers to provide their employees health insurance that covers [Read More...]

"Should Catholic Employers Be Exempted From Paying For Health Insurance Covering Contraception?"

If you were reading Camels With Hammers regularly before we made the move to Freethought Blogs, you would have frequently been treated to the long, insightful, and vigorously argued comments of my friend Mary. Mary is a Roman Catholic and is politically liberal in many (but not all) respects. We met when I was a [Read More...]

Schrödinger’s Rapist and Schrödinger’s Racist

Under the pen name “Phaedra Starling”, a woman a couple years ago wrote a widely read and debated article about a concept she dubbed “Schrödinger’s Rapist”. In it she addressed well meaning men who take personal offense when their attempts to initiate conversation (or more) with strange women in public are met with cold caution or [Read More...]

How Atheist Reddit Doesn't Get It

Recently, a 15 year old atheist girl received a Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World from her religious mother. She thought this was neat and something that Reddit’s atheist community would appreciate, so she posted a picture of herself with the book. Before too long the conversation turned to the fact that she was pretty, which [Read More...]

Tegan and Sara Pose With Black Eyes—Is It Wise?

I love Tegan and Sara immensely. I have tens of thousands of songs on my i-pod, and yet will play their songs on repeat for whole days. Sometimes I will play a single one of their songs on repeat for a half hour straight. I go so far as to consider The Con my single [Read More...]

Wiccan Theology and Sexual Equality

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. An intriguing feature of Wicca is that sexual equality is built directly into its theology.  The Farrars stress the balance of male and female polarities in the divine (1981: ch. XV).  Buckland urges gender equality: “both the God and the [Read More...]

Paternalistic Patriarchal Surgeons And A Philosopher's Choice To Have No Children

A philosopher was faced with the choice between a vitally necessary surgery and giving up the chance to have children. This was an easy choice for her to make, but a hard one for the surgeons to accept:  I assured the surgeons, my partner and I weren’t planning on having kids. Naively, I thought this [Read More...]


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