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Removing the Fig Leaf

The Worst Sex Education: Not Talking About It at All

[Today's guest post is written by Karen Garst, former Executive Director of the Oregon State Bar and editor of an upcoming book entitled Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion.] Two of the most effective manipulative techniques at religion’s disposal are shame and guilt. They are used to turn affection, love, and desire which result in sex [Read More...]

Able To Choose

The Unseen Stalker (Who Is Watching You While You Read This)

I still remember my first night of summer back at my parent’s house after my first year of college. Nobody would have accused me of being a weirdo, wimp, or nerd back then, yet – I had my own demons. Literally. Lying awake in bed with my eyes glued open, fixated on an area of [Read More...]

A Tippling Philosopher

Georgia proposes ‘blasphemy bill’ to outlaw religious insults

The country not the US State. Worrying, still. Why do blasphemy laws still persist around the world? C’mon, Earth, sort it out! The Guardian reports: Georgia is planning a “blasphemy bill” that will make religious irreverence punishable by law, prompting concerns about freedom of expression in the devoutly Orthodox Christian society. Critics say the bill, which [Read More...]

Atheology

The Strange Medieval Tale of Judas’ Aerial Battle With (and Rape of) Jesus

  The Toledot Yeshu is a notoriously elusive text—or rather, a sort of corpus of related texts, some originally written in Aramaic, but mainly surviving in Hebrew, Ladino, and other languages. At heart, the Toledot is a polemical Jewish anti-Christian work, describing the birth and life of Jesus in decidedly negative, slanderous terms. The composition of various parts of the text(s) has been dated to [Read More...]

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