Dear Mr. Ambassador, Representative of Pakistan (Re: #TwitterTheocracy)

H.E. Ambassador Masood Khan Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Pakistani Mission to the United Nations 8 East 65th Street New York, NY 10065 Re: Pakistani government censoring accounts and posts on Twitter Dear Mr. Ambassador, We, the undersigned organizations, represent hundreds of thousands of ex-Muslims, liberal religious believers, secularists, humanists, atheists, and [Read More...]

Secular Coalition’s Lobby Day 2014 and Top 51 Must Read List

So, I just got an e-mail alerting me to two neat things from Secular Coalition For America. The first thing is that they have published a list recommending 51 “must read” sources of news and opinion for the secular community and Camels With Hammers was one of the relative handful of blogs to make the list alongside [Read More...]

Is Religion the Enemy of Feminism?

This was a really stimulating debate moderated by the president of NOW and hosted by Wichita NOW. The participants were Rev. Robin McGonigle (senior minister of University Congregational Church and associate member of the Jesus Seminar) and Amanda Knief (former Secular Coalition lobbyist, the current managing director of the American Atheists, and author of the great looking forthcoming book, The Citizen Lobbyist: A How-to Manual for Making Your Voice Heard in Government). Though slightly off the main topic, one of my favorite bits is the two minutes starting at 54:07-56:26, which resonates with my own complaints with the paltriness of religious platitudes in the face of death.

I’m really glad to see this kind of crossover event between a major atheist activist organization and a centrally important progressive activist one. Of late, American Atheists is importantly increasing its outreach to other groups of people for whom atheistic criticisms of theistic religions should be relevant. This is a great example of that. Hopefully we can use this video and forums like this to start dialogues with our progressive religious friends. Spread this video around and look for similar opportunities to have discussions like this where you can.

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Edwina Rogers vs. Michael J. Fox

Most of us at Freethought Blogs are wary that the Secular Coalition for America has hired as their executive director Edwina Rogers, a career long Republican aid, lobbyist, and lawyer. The SCA was formed as the lobby which would specifically focus on advocating for secular lawmaking against the influence of theocratically minded legislators who want [Read More...]


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