Breeding an Appreciation for Diversity

Today's a real special day on NonProphet Status: I have the honor of featuring a guest post by my own mother. Now I may be a bit biased, but I think this is a beautiful and really insightful reflection on parenting, individual choices, and how we regard the decisions and identities of others that -- you guessed it -- draws a parallel to religious pluralism.Take it away, Mom!It was 1985: a time when women were free to pursue a career and take advantage of safe and secure childcare … [Read more...]

Back to "Burkagate" Again: American Atheist Convention Revisited

Last night ABC Nightline finally aired its story on the American Atheist Convention. Many in the Atheist community are very unhappy with the segment and how it portrays Atheists. Here is the video.I actually think the segment is entirely fair. If we don't want to be portrayed this way, perhaps we shouldn't behave this way. You see, I was actually there. Back in April, I attended the American Atheist Convention in Newark, New Jersey. After it was over I published a series of reflections on the e … [Read more...]

Ceci N'est Pas Une Burqa

Today's guest post comes from Nathaniel DeLuca, the Program Coordinator at the Yale University Chaplain's Office. It concerns the French Parliament's 335-1 vote to ban burqa face coverings.NB: Hijab refers to both a head covering and modest dress in general. Check out hijabifashionista to get a sense of how fabulous hijabis can be. The French legislation in question would ban the covering of one’s face; in the case of Muslim women, by the niqab, or veil. Definitions of modesty are unique to e … [Read more...]

Burkagate Response: Blasphemy and Bad Drag

Today's guest post, a response to NonProphet Status' final report on the 2010 American Atheist Convention, comes from Andrew Fogle, a D.C.-based cultural, social, and sexual interloper presently studying philosophy and religion at American University. He is a regular columnist for the alternative queer blog The New Gay, and can be reached at andrewf@thenewgay.netThe by-now infamous conclusion of Edwin Kagin's 2010 AAC address on blasphemy elicited more than a few interesting responses … [Read more...]

Burkagate Response: Why I Wear The Hijab

Today's guest post, a personal reflection on wearing hijab in response to the 2010 American Atheist Convention's blasphemy session, comes from Sayira Khokhar. Sayira is graduating from Kendall College in Chicago with a B.A. in Hospitality Management, Meeting and Event Planning. She interned with the Interfaith Youth Core in the Summer and Fall of 2009 and helped organize their conference in October of 2009. She is now working for an event planning company, helping not-for-profits plan their … [Read more...]

2010 American Atheist Convention: The Ugly (or, When I Cried)

This post is the final installation in a series of reports on the 2010 American Atheist Convention. For my favorite sessions from the convention, check out “The Good” post; for those that were bad but not the most offensive, check out “The Bad.”Throughout the course of the 2010 American Atheist Convention I had extensive conversations with attendees around a single, significant question: what kind of Atheist community are we building? Some of these conversations were constructive; others weren' … [Read more...]


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