“What’s Your Favorite Princess?”

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My husband Sean had to work this past weekend, and at one point I stopped by his office with the kids. Five-year-old Sally was immediately attracted to the chalkboard, and began attempting to copy the numbers and figures already on the board (Sean is in a STEM field). After a few minutes, one of Sean's colleagues stopped by. Sean introduced us, and his colleague turned to Sally. "How old are you?" he asked genially. "Five," she responded. "What's your favorite princess?" he asked. Seriously? … [Read more...]

Has Gay Marriage Harmed this Writer and Her Children?

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I recently came upon an article titled "Breaking the Silence: Redefining Marriage Hurts Women Like Me---and Our Children." I was intrigued, because I often hear or read that allowing gay and lesbian individuals to marry harms opposite-sex marriage, but I rarely find any case made for what that harm actually looks like, or how it is caused. The article, by a woman named Janna Darnelle, begins like this:Every time a new state redefines marriage, the news is full of happy stories of gay and … [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...]

Do They Care about Women, or Simply Bashing Religion?

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Last week blogger Adam Lee of Daylight Atheism wrote for the Guardian about Richard Dawkins' sexist comments. The article was titled “Richard Dawkins has lost it: Ignorant sexism gives atheists a bad name.” Blogger Jerry Coyne of Why Evolution Is True was not pleased, and wrote a post titled "Adam Lee Has Lost It." My regulars will know that I don't usually dig into the issue of sexism in the atheist movement---largely because I don't really engage in the atheist movement---but given that I dippe … [Read more...]

The Catholic Church Attempts to Silence Abuse Victim

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Let's talk about a Louisiana court case you probably haven't heard about. What I find fascinating about the case is how completely divorced the actual case is from the rhetoric about it on Catholic blogs and news sites.Here is how the Catholic News Register describes the case: The Diocese of Baton Rouge, La., is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that a diocesan priest may be forced to break the seal of confession.

 This is how the case is being reported, but what is it … [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...]

AIG Denies White Supremacist Connections

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I recently noticed something fascinating on Warren Throckmorton's blog: Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis is misinforming questioners about Michael Peroutka who is sponsoring of next month’s creationism speech at a church in Severn, MD. According to AiG representative Troy Lacey, Michael Peroutka never was a part of the League of the South. Acting on a tip from a reader who first wrote AiG earlier in the day, I wrote the organization and asked: I understand that Ken Ham is speaking at an event in Se … [Read more...]


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