I.D.I.C., Find Out What it Means to Me: A Trekkie’s Search for Self Love

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Since Star Trek: Into Darkness  is launching this week,  I thought I’d repost this article I wrote for In Our Words, a Queer collective Blog. It’s not appropriate for kids! They told me not to visit the Eagle.  They were wrong. *** Wednesday night in Vegas. The small string of gay bars – the “Fruit [Read More...]

Responsible Religious Criticism: Part Two – What is a “Religion”?

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Part of a Series on Responsible Religious Criticism Part One – Questions of Power Update: I edited the section on beliefs, values, and practices to be more (I hope) accurate to the great diversity of religions in the world When engaging in any sort of criticism, it is essential to know what one is criticizing. [Read More...]

Responsible Religious Criticism: Part One – Questions of Power

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Provoked, as so often, by adorably elfin blogger Vlad Chituc, I’ve decided to codify some of my thoughts regarding the responsible criticism of religion, and particularly responsible criticism of Islam. This is a topic which has sometimes divided the freethought community: some see Islamophobia in some of the criticism which prominent atheist writers direct toward aspects [Read More...]

Why Would Atheists Want To Attend an Interfaith Service?

Compassion

In the aftermath of the bombs which recently tore through Boston, the governor’s office organized an interfaith service to attempt to begin the healing process of the city. In my last post I detailed how representation for Humanists and atheists in the service was denied – a fact which has generally been decried by the Humanist and [Read More...]

After Boston Bombs, Atheists Denied Healing

Healing Our City

After bombs which recently struck Boston (my adopted city, where I’ve lived for almost six years now), the community seeks to heal. Bombs like that cause more than physical wounds: they tear at the psychological fabric of society. I grew up in London during the tail-end of the IRA’s campaign, and remember how my commute to school [Read More...]

American Atheists Lose 9/11 Cross Lawsuit

Reason

I am not at all surprised to report that American Atheists have lost their lawsuit against the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Associated Press reports: U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts rejected the arguments of American Atheists…Batts wrote that the cross and its accompanying panels of text “helps demonstrate how those at ground zero coped [Read More...]

Three Things Holding Humanism Back

Humanism - Reason, Compassion, Hope

Clay Farris Naff, writing for the Huffington Post, argues that “Humanism’s Moment of Opportunity [is] Going to Waste”: The evidence is in, and it is clear: New Atheists have been a media success and a societal failure. They know how to sell books, how to debate, how to sneer, skewer, and satirize — in short, [Read More...]


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