Speaking Out Against Hate Directed at Women

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This post originally appeared on Skepchick. Since the Women in Secularism 2 conference is this weekend, it seemed appropriate to repost it.There's one thing that just about every atheist activist agrees on, which is that religion has always treated women as inferior. Whether it's demonizing them as evil temptresses who brought sin into the world, demanding their silence and subordination, or treating them as male property with no desires of their own, every major church has a litany of … [Read more...]

It’s SSA Week – Ask Me Anything!

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It's that time again: the time of the year where we come together to support the Secular Student Alliance, one of the most important groups helping to foster community among young atheists and to energize, connect and train the next generation of secular activists. The SSA helps organize, represent and defend clubs for atheist and agnostic students on campuses across the country (plus I hear they sponsor some pretty cool speakers), and now has almost 50 high school affiliates and almost 400 … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to the Secular Community: My Thoughts

Earlier this year, the heads of major atheist and secular organizations met to discuss the future direction of the movement, including the role that feminism should play. Now those groups have published a joint open letter to the secular community from the proceeds of their meeting, calling for greater civility and more constructive dialog in our online interactions.There are some parts of this that I take issue with, and I'll get to those, but first let me say what I like about it, because … [Read more...]

In Support of Feminism and Diversity: Atheists Speak Out

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In January, I created a petition calling on atheists to show their support for feminism and diversity. That petition, with more than 2,000 signatures, was delivered to the leaders of the largest atheist and secular organizations at the end of January.The petition also attracted over 400 comments from people who wanted to further explain why they were signing. Most of these comments were excellent, and I want them to be seen more widely. In this post, I'll continue spotlighting some of my … [Read more...]

In Support of Feminism and Diversity: Atheists Speak Out

AtheismPlus

In January, I created a petition calling on atheists to show their support for feminism and diversity. That petition, with more than 2,000 signatures, was delivered to the leaders of the largest atheist and secular organizations at the end of January.The petition also attracted over 400 comments from people who wanted to further explain why they were signing. Most of these comments were excellent, and I want them to be seen more widely. In this post, I'll continue spotlighting some of my … [Read more...]

In Support of Feminism and Diversity: Atheists Speak Out

AtheismPlus

In January, I created a petition calling on atheists to show their support for feminism and diversity. That petition, with more than 2,000 signatures, was delivered to the leaders of the largest atheist and secular organizations.The petition also attracted over 400 comments from people who wanted to further explain why they were signing. Most of these comments were excellent, and I want them to be seen more widely. In this post, I'll continue spotlighting some of my favorites.A person … [Read more...]

In Support of Feminism and Diversity: Atheists Speak Out

AtheismPlus

Last month, I created a petition calling on atheists to show their support for feminism and diversity. That petition, with more than 2,000 signatures, was delivered to the leaders of the largest atheist and secular organizations in time for the HEADS meeting at the end of January. I think it's served its purpose, although I'm not planning to close it soon; anyone who still wants to add their name is welcome to do so.The petition also attracted over 400 comments from people who wanted to … [Read more...]

The Secular Census and Women in Atheism

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The American Secular Census is releasing statistics about the data they've gathered so far, and one of the first articles concerns women's experiences in secular groups. There's a lot here that's worth commenting on.First, the necessary caveats: The Secular Census isn't a rigorous survey with random sampling of the population, but is open to anyone who wants to sign up and answer the questions, so there's an element of self-selection which could have influenced the results. On the other … [Read more...]

The Lay of the Land

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I've been writing about atheism since 2001 (yes, really!). Since moving to Patheos is a pretty big milestone, now seems like a good time to pause and look back on how far atheism in America has come in that time.When I first started writing, or even as recently as when I wrote "Unapologetic" in 2005, there was scarcely any atheist movement to speak of. There were groups like American Atheists and the Freedom from Religion Foundation, but they were smaller, obscure, and mostly siloed off from … [Read more...]

Why the Petition Matters

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Earlier this week, I posted a petition asking the leaders of atheist and secular organizations to support feminism and measures to improve diversity and stop harassment. The petition went up at 9:30 PM on Thursday night, and as of this writing, on Saturday night, it has around 1,300 signatures and is still accumulating more at a healthy clip. I think that's a very good response, and I'm grateful for the attention it's gotten and the many messages of support people have left along with their … [Read more...]


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