What the history of feminism has to teach Atheism+

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As many of you certainly know, over the past year there has been a lot of talk within organized atheism about creating inclusive spaces – making sure that women, minorities, and LGBTQ individuals feel safe and welcome at conferences, in local groups, and in the online community. I think that one of the most important things to come out of all of this is that we need to oppose hostile environments. We need to make sure that everyone, regardless of their sex, race, or gender orientation is c … [Read more...]

“Humanism” and “Atheism+”: What’s the Difference?

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Over the past year, it has become increasingly clear that there are portions of the atheist community that are sexist, misogynist  homophobic, and transphobic. Those atheists who care about feminism and LGBTQ rights have become increasingly upset as this has played out. Many have been wondering where we go from here. Blogger Natalie Reed and I both wrote posts on this issue last week: here and here. Now blogger Jen of Blag Hag has weighed in calling for a third wave of atheism. "It’s time for a … [Read more...]

Why I’m Glad I’m Not a Christian Feminist

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As I follow the blogs of women like Rachel Held Evans, Sarah Moon,  Dianna Anderson, and Danielle Vermeer, I can't help but admire their desire to fight for gender equality within the church. I didn't stay to fight that fight. I left. But because I see religion as something that will always be with us, or at least for the foreseeable future, I applaud efforts to make religion less patriarchal and more egalitarian.And really, what I find especially impressive is their ability to take a deep br … [Read more...]

Atheism Is No Monolith; Or, the Diversity of Disbelief

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The Patheos atheist channel has just added two new blogs - Permission to Live, by Melissa, and Cross Examined, by Bob Seidensticker. I find the variety of different paths that lead people to atheism or agnosticism - and the diversity in how people then approach their disbelief - fascinating, and as I looked at these two blogs in tandem I saw this diversity  illustrated perfectly.Background: Melissa was raised in a fairly extreme fundamentalist family while Bob was raised in a fairly no … [Read more...]

The Problem with Big Tent Atheism

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I rarely comment here on the goings on in the atheist community. I'm torn, really. On the one hand, a big part of me wants to go to the conferences everyone talks about, and I do occasionally participate in events with local atheist groups. On the other hand, when I watch things like elevatorgate, or the brouhaha over whether sexual harassment policies are even necessary at conferences, well, it's a bit of a turn off. The thing is, atheism doesn't have a catechism or a statement of faith or a lis … [Read more...]

So it seems I’m not very original…

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You remember my wager, which I titled "Libby Anne's Wager"? Apparently Marcus Aurelius said, well, just about exactly the same thing (as in, uncannily so):Edit 1: It turns out that the above is not a direct quotation, but rather a condensed summary of some of Marcus Aurelius' thoughts and writings. Many thanks to my observant readers!Edit 2: Apparently Marcus Aurelius might not have actually said anything like that. Oops! Oh well, whoever said it first, it wasn't me! … [Read more...]

“How to Be a Successful Religious Affairs Journalist”

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I found these images via the Friendly Atheist and thought I'd share. I had a laugh, anyway! Enjoy! … [Read more...]


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