A father responds to his transgender child

Steven here… We see a lot of stories of parents that don’t know how to be compassionate. Kicking out and belittling their LBGT kids is sadly one of the more common things we see. One of my cousins is transgender. She recently made a post about how happy she was to be able to jettison [Read More…]

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I’m changing my vote

Steven here… I’m a filthy liberal, but if Joss Whedon says to do it, I have to. [Read more…]

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“Einstein proves my point!”

Steven here… In my debates with theists, I tend to have to bring up the flaws in religious epistemology. It’s an incredibly flawed method of finding out what’s real, especially when compared to that of science. The problem with bringing up the superiority of science, is that inevitably you will hear the argument that Albert [Read More…]

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Being a better skeptic and a better satirist

Steven here…. Poe’s Law was coined by Nathan Poe in 2005 and states: “Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is utterly impossible to parody a Creationist in such a way that someone won’t mistake it for the genuine article.” Because of the similarity between parody sites such as Landover Baptist [Read More…]

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Our movement isn’t special–but it can be

Steven here… For the past couple of years the skeptic/atheist community has dealt with something of a kerfuffle dealing with sexism and harassment policies. Like most of you, I’ve watched as that debate went on from a mild comment about how people conduct themselves at conferences to the advent of Atheism+. But while all of [Read More…]

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4 Brilliant Atheists for You to Follow

Steven here… When I started this series I came in with the belief that this movement was filled with unsung heroes. I was right about that. The depth and diversity of the movement though, is just mindboggling. I can’t express how much of a privilege it is to be a part of this community. The [Read More…]

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I’m spiritual, not coherent

Steven here… So this Pew poll has been making the rounds lately. The takeaway message people are getting is that atheism is on the rise. Well, yes, atheism is on the rise. But this study doesn’t really show that. What it deals with are the “nones”–people who do not identify with a religion. I’m not [Read More…]

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Why I care about mental illness

Steven here… Four years ago I was living in Portland, Oregon and had been trying to get back into the habit of writing, which I had neglected for more years than is acceptable. The woman I was dating had a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a sister, which made for a formidable motivation. After all, if [Read More…]

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4 Atheists to Inspire You

Steven here… I often hear from atheists who look up to the leaders in this movement and perhaps put those leaders on a pedestal. There are amazing people in this movement, but they are every one of them regular humans. Certainly they weren’t good at this starting out. One of my goals with this series [Read More…]

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4 Hardworking Atheists You Will Love

Steven here… I am putting this together while at the Kansas City Regional Atheist Meeting, so this week’s post will be a little shorter than usual. One of the lovely things about events like this is how invested the attendees and organizers are in this movement. This is something we should all be striving for. [Read More…]

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