Headline: Marwa Berro is coming to FTB! Hooray! “I’m retiring Between a Veil and a Dark Place and moving on to the Freethought Blogs network.”
Important: Please remember to help the children of a murdered atheist.
Topic of the week: Neil deGrasse Tyson said something about philosophy which was philistine and sadly quite below him. There were responses. The most famous one came from Massimo Pigliucci. James Croft also chimed in and then wrote another article asking for asking people to tone it down. Check out this episode of Skeptic Canary for the perspective of two philospher skeptics, Jonathan MS Pearce and Dan Fincke. Sincere Kirabo has a nice summary of the situation too.
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Shopkeeper jailed for life in blasphemy case in Pakistan.
23 Ways Feminism Has Made the World a Better Place for Men. I love this article because I sincerely think patriarchy is detrimental to men as well and feminism is liberating for everyone.
Focusing On Spielberg’s Use of the Long Take. “This is probably the most jerked-off-to type of shot in filmmaking.”
This Is What a Holy Shit Moment for Global Warming Looks Like. Holy shit indeed.
Reverend Al Sharpton says the thing that needs to be said about the Boko Haram kidnapping. Bring Back Our Girls and Let’s Stop Ignoring Africa.
Miri writes: How the Purity Myth Perpetuates Rape Culture. I’d say purity IS the rape culture Listen to Miri, she knows this stuff and is the most eloquent on it.
Was Obama reluctant to call Boko Haram a terrorist group? Ophelia Benson dispels this lie.
Avicenna deals beautifully with Ann Coulter and her defenders and their abhorrent stance on Boko Haram girls.
Leave the Satanists Alone! James Croft demands in a beautiful article.
Dan Fincke asks (and answers) “Why Do Outspoken Atheists Care So Much About What They Don’t Believe In?” To me, because those beliefs control every aspect of my life against my will.
A great interview with Hans Blix (Former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General) about the nuclear deal with Iran, a sane and moderate position both sides can agree on.
Dan Fincke asks (and answers) as part of the Empowerment Ethics: How Can Atheists Condemn Rape Without Theistic Moral Absolutism? If you ask me, it helps if your ultimate guide to morality has not married a 9 year old.