Richard Dawkins’ Patronizing Paternalism

Richard Dawkins has stepped in it on twitter again. This time he tweeted a photo of the wife of a prominent Middle Eastern dictator who does not wear hijab, with the text "This is how a good Muslim speaks. And how she dresses. And wears her beautiful hair." Can you say patronizing? Dawkins then deleted his tweet, not because he realized he'd said anything wrong but rather out of concerns that it might put this woman's life in danger, but not before someone on twitter captured a screenshot. We … [Read more...]


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A Fundamental Misunderstanding of Ex-Fundamentalists

Christian blogger Allan R. Bevere recently wrote a blog post titled "Re-Formed Fundamentalists." I came upon this post because it was mentioned on Exploring Our Matrix, a progressive Christian Patheos blog that I generally like. Bevere's basic premise is that fundamentalists who consider themselves reformed are often actually "re-formed"---i.e., they have simply become fundamentalists of a different type.Bevere begins his post as follows: If there is one thing that can be asserted without pr … [Read more...]


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Marissa Jenae Johnson: Radical Christian, Palin Supporter

Michael Stone of Progressive Secular Humanist here on the Patheos Atheist channel recently posted about the Black Lives Matter protesters who shut down a Bernie Sanders event in Seattle last week. I don't want to address the main thrust of Stone's post---except to note that black activists have plenty of good reasons to be upset with Democratic politicians---but I do want to address two specific points he made.First, this point:[P]erhaps even more damning, on her Facebook page, [Marissa … [Read more...]


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On Intersectionality and Bibles in Hotel Rooms

Hemant Mehta recently crossposted an article published in American Atheist magazine. This article, written by Steve Lowe, was titled Dealing with Hotel Bibles. Here's an excerpt: When I come across a Bible — or any religious book — in a hotel room, I personally take it to the front desk. I smile, shake the hand of the person behind the counter, and compliment them on something (the nice room, the helpful staff, etc.). If it’s the case, I mention that I’m a member of their loyalty program. I then … [Read more...]


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An Atheist Parent, an Evangelical Grandmother, and a Six-Year-Old Girl

On a recent visit home, my evangelical mother informed me, with horror, that my six-year-old daughter Sally doesn't know Jesus Loves Me. She tried to keep it light and almost funny, I think. I've set boundaries with her and she has generally respected them, but one thing I haven't done is told her I'm an atheist. Partly I want to preserve her peace of mind. At least this way she can imagine I'm saved. Partly I just don't know how she'll react. I think she knows, though, deep down, and is afraid t … [Read more...]


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Should Atheists Be Exempted from Airport Security Checks?

Zoltan Iztvan is running for U.S. president as the candidate for the Transhumanist party, working to "put science, health, and technology at the forefront of American politics." One of his proposals is to exempt atheists from security screening at airports. He explains as follows:As an aspiring politician, I strive to improve society by applying statistical analysis to decision making. I look at numbers and facts, and try to logically create policy that achieves the greater good for society, … [Read more...]


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God as a Mystery Our Brains Cannot Comprehend

I recently came upon this image:It’s a frightful thing – thinking you have to get God right in order to get God to love you, thinking you’re always one error away from damnation. It’s a kind of legalism, really. . . . How ironic. The very condition of humanity is to be wrong about God. The moment we figure God out, God ceases to be God. Maybe it’s time to embrace the mystery and let ourselves off the hook.  - Rachel Held EvansOn one level I understand. I like being able to embrace th … [Read more...]


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