Atheism and Me

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An atheist friend of mine recently said that any time I blog about atheism, it is to badtalk it. I laughed and pointed out that I myself am an atheist, and he reminded me that being female does not guarantee one is not sexist. This is true. But in this case, I think what's going on is a bit more complicated.When I say I am an atheist I mean that I do not believe in God. We often talk about the "atheist movement," or online atheism, or New Atheists, but it's important to remember that most at … [Read more...]

When Your Atheism Is Really about Attacking Minorities

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, is home to at tens of thousands of Somali immigrants, the largest concentration of Somali immigrants in the country. The community was largely formed by the result of refugees from Somalia's civil wars. Relatively new immigrants with few preexisting networks, some 82% of Somalis in Minnesota live near or below the poverty level. They frequently have low levels of education, and have faced challenges integrating into American society made worse by the surge of Islamophobia … [Read more...]

Estrogen Vibe: The Musical Satire

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A reader just sent me a musical satire called "Estrogen Vibe." You can listen here:After the lyrics, I'll offer some context. If you take issue with this satire, read that context, my previous posts on Harris, the author's note that goes along with this satire, and my comment policy before commenting. Lyrics: (The atheist variable doesn’t obviously contain the estrogen vibe.)Estrogen vibe, estrogen vibe. (Estrogen vibe.) Estrogen vibe, estrogen vibe. (It’s more attractive to guys. … [Read more...]

Obedience, Empathy, and the Laundry Hamper

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I was chatting with a friend about the results of a recent pew survey when she asked a question I found very, very interesting. I mean, if you teach a kid empathy, tolerance, and responsibility---do they need to be obedient? Or will they just do the things that are in the best interests of everyone? Like, "Hey, could you do the dishes?" "Sure." Because they realize they should help out with the house.  This is an excellent point.Let me offer an example: I would like my daughter Sally to pu … [Read more...]

On Sam Harris, Pregnancy, and Sacrifices

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Last week an article in the Washington Post quoted prominent atheist author and speaker Sam Harris's explanation for why his audience is primarily male---women, he said, have an "estrogen vibe" that makes them less interested in the "critical posture" he takes in his writing. When female atheists responded critically to his comments, Harris wrote a post explaining what he'd meant---and digging his hole deeper. I addressed Harris's comment in a recent post, "Is Same Harris Sexist?"Yesterday … [Read more...]

Is Sam Harris Sexist?

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I recently wrote about League of the South's Michael Peroutka's denial that he is racist. The organization he says taught him everything he knows openly promotes secession and the creation of a white Christian South, but because it also eschews racial hatred Peroutka is aghast at the charges of racism. In fact, he has accused those charging him with racism of playing a “cynical, dishonest race-card-smear game.” It was this situation that my mind was drawn back to as I read Sam Harris's recent pos … [Read more...]

Atheism and Islam

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Last week I wrote about an article published by Charisma News that called for war against Islam, and denied that either converting Muslims or expelling them from the U.S. could solve the Islam problem. I pointed out that the author, Rev. Gary Cass, completely ignored that most Muslims are not so different from you or me, that there are (and have always been) a variety of interpretations and sects of Islam, and that religions change and evolve over time. On the whole, the comments on my post … [Read more...]


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