Monthly Archives: May 2014

The wonderful people over at Recovering From Religion are raising money for a professional video of the upcoming debate, “Is It Reasonable To Believe In God?” (Featuring Matt Dillahunty of The Atheist Experience and Sye Ten Bruggencate.) The debate will take place in Memphis, TN, on Saturday May 31st. If you’d like to attend, please visit the event page for more information.

Recovering From Religion is asking for any small donation possible, which will assist with the costs of travel, equipment, and post-production of the final video – to be produced by Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist.

All donations are tax deductible

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http://recoveringfromreligion.org/refiningreason/

REFINING REASON

Coming Out Atheist

As someone who is only partially out as an atheist, I read Greta Christina’s new book, “Coming Out Atheist,” with a purpose. (Side note: I’m one of those wonderful humans who write in margins, highlight entire pages, dog-ears corners, and can’t stop talking about whatever book I’m currently reading.) I’m not embarrassed to say that I tackled the book in two days, lent it to a friend, and plan to read it again as soon as I get it back. There was so much of the book that I was excited to get through, that I feel I might benefit from taking my time to go back through each section. I’ve since read Greta’s “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?” and think I left more of the pages highlighted than not.

“Coming Out Atheist” is an invaluable tool for all atheists, out or not. It’s not simply a manual, but a collection of ideas, support, and stories. It takes you through each process, never assuming that coming out is the same for any two people. The book gives strong support for coming out, but cautions and supports those who are unable to come out due to safety concerns, financial issues, or the potentiality to negatively impact a persons life. As a person who is not actually “out” in her family, it gave me a lot of hope in starting that conversation and encouraged me with the idea of being able to control how my conversation is shaped. 

I hope that those of you who aren’t out (or even if you are) are able to pick up the book. I’d love to have a conversation about how others have come out to family, friends, co-workers, communities, etc, and how it’s impacted your life. Hopefully, in the future, I’ll be able to share more of my coming out stories with you all.

 

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Freedom Growing For Sex Workers Around the World… Not So Much In the U.S.

Freedom Growing For Sex Workers Around the World… Not So Much In the U.S.

Just to add an anecdote to this particular story, I recently had a supervisor refer to all sex workers as “prostitutes” and have extreme difficulty understanding how “prostitutes” can be raped. (Note: She also referred to “prostitutes” as “criminals.”) This lead to a very frustrating conversation, at a time where we should have been focused on another topic, to discuss sex workers rights, and the right for ALL people to be safe from rape. The lack of knowledge around sex work and the lack of support for those engaged in the sex worker field is troubling in the least and extremely dangerous, especially when we dehumanize sex workers. Where is the movement in the US? Where is the movement to educate and protect all people? As someone who is not engaged in sex work, I understand that I have limited insight into the field, but I am always willing to speak up, to educate myself, and to be respectful.  This is the least I can do, this is the first step in, what is sure to be, a fight for basic human rights, equal protection, and support.

 

For Years, Minister Raped Young Teens With Parents’ Tacit Approval; Manhunt Underway

For Years, Minister Raped Young Teens With Parents’ Tacit Approval; Manhunt Underway

Every time someone tries to tell me about the good things religion does, I want to point them to an article like this (and there are many to choose from). Religion is evil! Religion beats, shames, stones, casts away, rapes, murders, and abuses. Religion not only does these things but attempts to justify thrm, according to the holy books these vile actions are necessary, warranted, and demanded! Religion does no good.

 

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Iowa Governor Signs Proclamation Inviting All Iowans to Turn from Their Wicked Ways and Embrace Christianity

Iowa Governor Signs Proclamation Inviting All Iowans to Turn from Their Wicked Ways and Embrace Christianity

Sometimes I find myself baffled by the idiocy and audacity of people in power to disregard the basic human rights of their constituents. If a political leader chooses to believe in the garbage spouted by a religion, thats one thing; but blatant disregard of basic rights is another. How can you trust your political leaders if they ignore YOU as a person? How can you trust your political leaders when they force their own beliefs into your face while denying the beliefs and rights of others? This is an ongoing and seemingly increasing issue in our country. Why do those with power (see: white men) believe that the way they think, act, feel is representative everyone else?

 

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