How We Feel about the Poor

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"Excuse me, could you spare me a dollar?" It was a man who said this, a tired-looking man standing by the sidewalk. "I'm sorry, I don't have any cash on me." I was on a walk, the kids in the stroller, and I knew there wasn't any cash in my wallet. "Then could you buy me something to eat?" The man gestured toward a fast food store across the street. "I'm really hungry." "I'm sorry," I said, shaking my head. All sorts of things swirled in my head as I resumed my walk. Why would he ask … [Read more...]

I Care about a Candidate’s Values, Not Faith

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Does a candidate's faith matter? This is a question I have been pondering ever since the question "would you vote for a conservative atheist or a liberal Christian?" went around the atheist blogosphere a few weeks ago. My thoughts? I personally feel that no, a candidates faith does not matter, but his or her values do. In other words, I don't care whether a candidate is a Mormon or a Christian or a Muslim or a Jew or an Atheist or a pagan but I do care whether a candidate values secularism, … [Read more...]

How We Talk about the Poor

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The way the poor are talked about in this country is absolutely reprehensible. And the fact that this goes on in a country in which a vast majority of the population follows the teachings of a man who spent his time absolutely blasting the rich while hanging out with the poor and the dregs of society is beyond baffling. My husband and I are graduate students. We are raising two children on our combined graduate student stipends. We don't pay federal income tax, but we do pay sales tax and … [Read more...]

One More Word on Atheism+

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A commenter just said the following on yesterday's post: "Libby Ann, you don’t really sound like you’re into atheism+, from what you’ve been posting. That’s fine. I’m not really into it either, because identifying as an atheist is not even the slightest bit important to my sense of self. But do you have to keep complaining about how they’re going about it? It seems to me it does fill a niche that isn’t being met – humanists who also want to be proud about and active for … [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 … [Read more...]

What I was taught about universal healthcare

I just today read Melissa's post, How I Lost My Fear of Universal Healthcare. Prior to last February, Melissa spent several years living in Canada after growing up in the United States, and she explains how she waded through the misinformation she was taught growing up to eventually embrace the idea of universal healthcare. Like Melissa, I was taught growing up that the Canadian healthcare system is horrible. I was taught that any Canadian with money comes here to the U.S. for healthcare … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: On Politics, Religion, and Libertarianism

After the two posts I wrote yesterday, I thought I'd offer some on related themes from a couple blogs I read: Libertarianism, Patriotism, and Starting Points: How I Apparently Became a Pinko Commie, by Sierra “You’ve been brainwashed by those bleeding heart liberal college professors of yours.” I stared at him. I hadn’t changed my position on issues of poverty and structural inequality at all. I had simply learned to talk about them using the appropriate terms. “You’re a … [Read more...]


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