There Was Nothing Wrong with Richard Dawkins’ Tweet That “Islam Needs a Feminist Revolution”

I’ve disagreed with Richard Dawkins before on his insensitivity to women, feminism, and majority privilege.¬†Some of it he’s apologized for, so I’d like to think we’re starting to be heard. I know all too well from environmental campaigns the importance of acknowledging our successes.

And thus, I part with my fellow Friendly Atheist contributor Lauren Nelson in her recent post, which struck out scathingly at Dawkins for the following single tweet:

There is nothing wrong with those words.  The question deserves answers, not attacks.

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Christian Pastor Compares Sex Education to Letting Kids Play with Rattlesnakes

Pastor Danny Banks, a pastor at Myrtle Beach Christian Church in South Carolina, explained in a sermon over the weekend how comprehensive sex education was like letting your kids play with rattlesnakes:



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8 Stunning Revelations in the Jehovah’s Witnesses Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry in Australia

Right now, in Australia, there are public hearings taking place regarding allegations of Jehovah’s Witness leaders sexually abusing children. It’s as disturbing as you think it is.

An article in the Daily Telegraph shed light on some of the mind-boggling revelations:



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Indian Witch Doctors, Visiting New Zealand on Temporary Visas, Are Conning Locals Out of Their Money

Apparently, Indian witch doctors are visiting New Zealand on “tourist or temporary work visas,” setting up shop, and conning locals out of a lot of money by pretending to have special powers. Even more, they’re offering 100% guarantees that their magic will protect people from things like money and marriage problems.

Pratima Nand, a resident who is rallying attention against these frauds, went undercover with a local news station to show how they work:



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Losing Your Religion is Like Losing Your Parents

Domyo Burk is one of the bloggers on the Patheos Buddhist channel. She’s been doing a lot of research into spirituality and meditation for a new book, and along the way, she realized that she didn’t believe in God.

She never really believed in a personal God who answers your prayers and watches over you, but there were several years where she had “faith in Something Greater.” (That’s where the Zen stuff kicked in.)

But not anymore. She has a fascinating post about her journey away from God — which is nothing like the typical stories we hear — and I really appreciated this analogy:

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