The Release of a Newly Recovered Classic Text (Message) From Plato

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From the newly released Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by the oft-hilarious Mallory Ortberg. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

My Pennsylvania Atheists/Humanists Talk On Empowerment Ethics

Above is my talk on “Empowerment Ethics” at the Pennslyvania Atheists/Humanists Conference. I was a bit rushed from the start by the 30 minute time limit, which is an extraordinarily small space to try to say anything of substance. But then at 12 minutes in the time keeper erroneously told me I had only 5 [Read More...]

Tegan and Sara on Growing up Gay

I love these two women so much. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Raising (Actual) Humanists

After my contribution to the ongoing discussions on Patheos Atheism about how to introduce religion and atheism to kids, Dale McGowan made an excellent contribution called Raising (Actual) Freethinkers that I each agreed with, learned from, and wanted to differ from. In my first post I primarily framed things as a rejection of the common [Read More...]

Should Atheist Parents Set Out To Raise Atheists?

There has been a lot of thoughtful discussion on Patheos’s atheist portal the last few days about how atheist parents should present the subject of religion to their kids. You can read Wendy Thomas Russell’s posts here and here, Kaveh Mousavi’s here and here, and Libby Anne’s here. As a professional philosophy educator with a [Read More...]

Education Funding: Where Two Fundamental American Ideals Completely Conflict.

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In response to the viral letter from a 1%-er complaining about poor kids trick or treating in her neighborhood, Libby Anne talks about the way that poor children are deliberately and systematically disadvantaged by explicit policies related to education in this country. She talks about the case of her own daughter’s school district: My kindergartener [Read More...]

Responses To Claims That LGBT Labels “Shouldn’t Matter”

Lala Stone is a journalism masters degree candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. In response to my fairly widely read post from the summer Why Do We Need Labels Like “Gay”, “Bi”, “Trans”, and “Cis”? she sent me some interview questions for a long form article she’s writing about sexual minorities who refuse to [Read More...]

Not All Who “Lack Belief in Gods” Are Atheists

1. On Those Atheists Who Claim Only to “Lack Belief” in Gods, Rather Than Positively Disbelieve in Gods or Know There are No Gods. A lot of atheists say that atheism means simply a “lack of beliefs in gods” and that rather than either “disbelieve in gods” or affirm that no gods exist they rather just [Read More...]

Ben Affleck’s Argo Is Misleading about Iranian History

Kaveh Mousavi is an Iranian ex-Muslim blogger. Today his blog On the Margin of Error has officially arrived on the Atheist Channel on Patheos. To introduce him to the channel, I invited him to guest post for a week. Here is his final post. While Ben Affleck was acting as the defender of Muslims, as he got himself involved in a [Read More...]


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