Thunderf00t’s “MISOGYNIST!!!” post

I’ve got a book to write, so I’m going be brief: I’m sympathetic to the complaint that charges of racism, misogyny, etc. are over-used. But “a long ‘conference handbook’ is not a good idea” does not equal “con harassment policies should be no longer than ‘we reserve the right to kick you out for being [Read More...]

George Takei speaks

From Facebook: [Read more...]

I support DJ Grothe

This is probably going to be a long post. I’m going to try to keep it from getting TOO long, but that will require not explaining some things in as much detail as I’d like, so be warned of that in advance. Also, I’m going to link to a couple posts on my old blog, [Read More...]

Homophobia, racism, and the value of inexact analogies

I got quite a bit of traffic from Reddit over the weekend for my post about excuses for homophobia vs. excuses for racism, but it didn’t come from /r/atheism but from /r/lgbt. That’s great! But there was one comment in the Reddit thread complaining about “appropriationism,” linking to a post titled “Queer History vs. Black [Read More...]

Skeevy conference presenters and anti-harassment policies

I shot off a couple tweets on this topic, but didn’t blog about it because I didn’t think I had more than a couple tweets worth to say about it. But now I realize I do. So background: Jen made an off-hand comment at a talk about male speakers┬ábeing skeevy at atheist conferences, and it [Read More...]

Dan Savage: My priest helped me come out

Via Joe My God. Video below the fold. I’ll say in advance that I don’t think this reflects well on the Catholic Church: [Read more...]

The right to say vile things

Since Taner Edis asked, I want to say that yes, I’m appalled by the Tarek Mehanna case, where a man is facing 17 years in prison for expressing sympathy with Al Qaeda and translating some Al Qaeda documents into English. Andrew Sullivan has linked to the following defense of the prosecution, which relies on citing [Read More...]

“Would you want your daughter to be a prostitute?”

Corry Doctorow links to a defense of legalizing prostitution that, among other things, addresses the “Would you want your daughter to be a prostitute?” question: [Read more...]

The Big Thread of Happy Things!

As promised yesterday, here is my Big Thread of Happy Things! I’ll start with a post from Greta Christina on a study reporting that atheists have better sex (than anyone except Jews and Unitarians): [Read more...]


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