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

Cloudbreak

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...]

Petition: Support Feminism and Diversity in the Secular Community

AtheismPlus

You may have heard that the video blogger "Thunderf00t"* recently published a video titled "Why 'Feminism' is poisoning Atheism", which he's been sending to the heads of atheist and skeptical organizations. In this video, he attacks named individuals who've been active in promoting diversity and fighting sexism and harassment in our movement, describing them as "whiners" and "ultra-PC professional victims" who are "dripp[ing] poison" into the secular community, and urges conference organizers to … [Read more...]

Building Justice

As you probably know by now, my friend Greta Christina was diagnosed with cancer last week, and she's having surgery today. In the grand scheme of things, it could have been much worse: she has health insurance, it was caught early, and there's an excellent chance that the operation will be a complete cure. Still, I admit I felt some purely selfish disappointment when I first heard the news. I'd been looking forward to seeing her at Skepticon next month, which won't be happening now. And … [Read more...]

What Cost Is Too High? On Justin Vacula and Secular Leadership

Last spring, I wrote about the Secular Coalition for America's new executive director, Edwina Rogers, a Republican lobbyist whose selection raised more than a few eyebrows. While I had (and still have) my doubts about Rogers, I have to admit the SCA has been doing some good work, including setting up state chapters all across the country. This is an excellent step, one that extends the reach and shows the increasing grassroots support for the secular movement, and they've signed up some … [Read more...]

The Calgary Secular Church

Editor's Note: Please welcome Korey Peters, who's written a guest post about an atheist organization he's founded that he's calling the Calgary Secular Church. In this post, he'll explain what motivated him to do it and what he's hoping to achieve. My name is Korey Peters, and I'm one of the founding members of the Calgary Secular Church (CSC). In this article, I'd like to do three things: 1. Describe why I think a secular church is important. 2. Describe what the CSC is about. 3. Present my … [Read more...]


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