Reflections on #AAcon13

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I'm writing this in the airport, on my way home from a weekend in Austin, Texas for the 50th anniversary convention of American Atheists. New York is all bare gray branches, still; it's too early in the season even for buds. By comparison, Austin was a startling riot of green, with tree-lined streets and forested riverbanks that bloomed explosively in the perfect, gorgeous warm weather. The branches were thronged with big, sleek black birds (grackles, according to a thread on B&W) that kept up a … [Read more...]

Coming to Austin This Weekend

AAConvention

This coming weekend, I'm going to be in Austin, Texas to attend the 2013 National Convention of American Atheists. I'm not going to be in town for long - I'm getting in on Friday afternoon and leaving Sunday morning - but I'm definitely planning to pack as much fun as I can into the time I've got! Who else is going to be there? … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: March 16

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• As you all know, there's a new pope in town: Jorge Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires. He talks a good game on poverty, although like all Catholic hierarchs, he doesn't seem to grasp that his opposition to birth control perpetuates the very problem he claims to want solved. As if there was any doubt, he's also a staunch social conservative who's called same-sex marriage "a move by the Father of Lies".More worrisome, though, is the accusation of Bergoglio's complicity in the Dirty … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: International Women’s Day Edition

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Yesterday was International Women's Day, so in honor of that, all the links in this week's roundup are feminist-themed. And there's a lot of news to cover:• Anita Sarkheesian of Feminist Frequency has released the first in her Tropes vs Women in Video Games series, exploring the cliche of the damsel in distress. (Hilariously, a group of "men's rights" advocates who solicited donations for a rebuttal video series appear to have taken the money and run.)• A brutal, poignant … [Read more...]

My Interview on the Jesse Lee Peterson Show

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Earlier today, I was on a radio show hosted by Jesse Lee Peterson, an ultra-right-wing black conservative minister who's defended slavery and advocated an end to women's suffrage. We talked about how I became an atheist, my book, and my petition to advance feminism and diversity in the atheist community. You'd better believe it was a lively hour! If you didn't get the chance to listen live, you can hear an archived version through iTunes … [Read more...]

Appearing on the Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show

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So, here's some news!This Thursday, March 7, I'm being interviewed for the Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show. And if you don't know who Jesse Lee Peterson is, well, see for yourself.I'm told they want to talk to me about my petition regarding feminism and diversity in the atheist community, and I have a pretty good idea of what the line of questioning will be. Suffice to say that I intend to be well-prepared. The interview will be around 11 AM Eastern time, so if you'd like to listen live … [Read more...]

Bowling for Abortion Access

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Since religious-right legislators continue to put insultingly ridiculous obstacles in the path of women seeking abortion - like the latest one, a proposed bill in South Dakota that would specify that the mandatory 72-hour waiting period wouldn't include weekends or holidays - we pro-choice people have to do what we can to make it easier for women to exercise that choice.That's why the National Network of Abortion Funds is holding its fourth annual Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon, raising money … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: February 10

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• No matter how many compromises the Obama administration offers, Catholic bishops just don't want people to have access to birth control.• Beliefnet is afraid of feminism, telling liberal Christian pastor and blogger Kristine Holmgren that she wasn't allowed to use the word in her header or her blog (at which point, to her credit, she broke ties with them).• Astrophysicists have calculated, on the basis of data from NASA's Kepler telescope, that six percent of red dwarf … [Read more...]

Open Thread: What Religious Blogs Should I Read?

I've been looking at my RSS feed, and it's almost all atheist and skeptical blogs. No surprise there, obviously - but I'm thinking it should be at least a little more diverse. In the name of not cutting myself off from other viewpoints, as well as finding out about interesting stories I might not otherwise have heard, I feel as though there should be at least a few religious blogs that I follow.I read Slacktivist regularly, which is one of my favorite progressive Christian blogs. But I'm … [Read more...]

A Reply to James Croft

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My new Patheos colleague, James Croft, has written a post welcoming me to the site and inviting me to a rhetorical face-off. I'm never one to pass up an invitation to a cordial debate, so let's have at it!James' post concerns my speech at the 2012 SSA conference, where I laid out my strategy for effective atheist activism. He has responses to several of the points I made, which are under the headings below:The Importance of AngerI spoke about why anger is a valid and important … [Read more...]


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