In Language, Dignity Over Clarity

Tom Flynn of the Center for Inquiry has a new post up arguing that the use of the pronoun “they” by trans* people to refer to a single individual is unnecessary and unclear, reducing the clarity of language as regards our┬ácapability to describe situations in which a distinction between singular and plural is important. He [Read More...]

Nobody Expects the Atheist Inquisition!

More than meets the eye...

We atheists can be a scrappy bunch. We like to argue, to dissect ideas, to question language. So when I posted the following, as an ecstatic Facebook update during a night of wild dancing, I expected perhaps a few raised eyebrows at my choice of language, given that my Facebook friends list is filled with [Read More...]

Reclaiming the Language of Values

If progressives are going to gain traction in American politics again, we need to start to reclaim and reshape the language of values, reclaiming words the right has colonized, and rehabilitating those the right has besmirched. That means speaking loudly and unapologetically in the language of morality and values in a consistent and intelligent way. [Read more...]


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