On “Equity Feminism” and “Gender Feminism”

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You may or may not have been following all the hoopla over feminism in the online atheist community in the last two years. While I have never addressed it directly on my blog, I've definitely kept up with it. Blogger vjack of Atheist Revolution has written about it quite a bit, and recently put up a post in which he suggests that the conflict stems from competing definitions of feminism: "equity feminism" and "gender feminism." Here is how he describes them: In a nutshell, equity feminism refers … [Read more...]

A Reflection on Celebrating Christmas as an Atheist

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Do you know what I realized this year? The way I celebrate Christmas with my family today is really very little different from the way I celebrated Christmas in my family of origin growing up. Given that I grew up in a devout evangelical family but that my husband and I are not religious, this at first seems rather odd. In the end, though, I think it simply highlights just how secular Christmas is for most Americans, even those who are religious.Growing up, Christmas meant music and cookies … [Read more...]

The Problem with Confrontational Atheist Tactics

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If you hang out in the atheist blogosphere during the month of December, you'll probably hear a lot about challenges to nativity scenes on public property. Often these challenges involve atheists arguing that if nativity scenes are allowed on public property, they should be allowed to put up displays too - along with members of other religions too, of course. In some cases, atheists have won this challenge and been allowed to add their own displays next to nativity scenes on public property. … [Read more...]

How I Lost My Fear of Reading My Daughter Bible Stories

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Almost a year ago, I wrote a post about my concerns about reading Bible story books to my daughter Sally. Any atheist parent with religious relatives will have to figure out how to deal with the Bible story books their children will inevitably be given for birthdays and Christmas. This is something that’s been on my mind lately because a Noah’s Ark board book has suddenly become my young daughter’s favorite book.Some atheist parents may just return Bible themed story books when their child … [Read more...]

Unitarian Universalism: “Not Interested” v. “Opposed”

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Sometimes something can be totally clear in my head but not end up that way on paper - or rather, computer screen. A couple of comments have indicated that I was unclear about something in last week's post on Unitarian Universalism and diversity of belief. In that post I touched on some of the reasons some atheists object to the UU church. I wasn't saying that these are the reasons non-UU atheists are not UU, but I didn't make that clear enough.Let me see if I can offer a bit of an example. … [Read more...]

Unitarian Universalism and Diversity of Belief

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The Unitarian Universalist church is not united by a statement of faith, but rather by a set of progressive social values. Because of that, UUs are all over the map when it comes to beliefs about God. There are pagan UUs, Catholic UUs, atheist UUs, agnostic UUs, Hindu UUs, deist UUs, and even Muslim UUs. The result is that any given UU church brings together people from a variety of religious traditions and with a variety of current beliefs regarding religion, uniting them on the basis of shared … [Read more...]

What Is a Church?

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Jill of Feministe wrote an excellent article in the Guardian last week: Giving Thanks for My "Church", Where the Civic Meets the SpiritualWhether you believe, whatever you believe, we need churches - space for reflection and nourishment - and they deserve support This Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for my church.I'm grateful I have a space that offers moral guidance, that reflects and builds upon my values, that pushes me to be a kinder and more generous person and that offers me a s … [Read more...]


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