Browsing All posts tagged under »Atheism«

Speech as an act of violence

May 19, 2013


The vile, misogynist, hate-mongering trolls that plague the atheist movement have recently sunk to a new low. Last week, a guy named Justicar posted a video on Youtube in which he demonstrates how he used a photograph posted on Twitter by retired blogger Jen McCreight to find the location of her boyfriend’s house. Then he […]

Atheism Plus, Part Three: An Open Letter to the Haters

September 29, 2012


This is the second in a series of three posts about the development of a new wave of atheism, called Atheism Plus. In this post, I will address the arguments of those who have been most vocal in opposition to atheism plus. The first post, which examines the foundations of atheist ethics, can be found here. […]

Can a humanist be a conservative? Likely not.

May 6, 2012


Prominent are often quick to point out the political diversity of their movement. There is a lot of truth to this claim-atheists range across the political spectrum from Bill Maher to Penn Jillette and the late Christopher Hitchens, but a brief survey of the atheist movement shows that despite this diversity, the vast majority of atheists […]

Utilitarian Etiquette, or a Beginner’s Guide to Basic Common Decency.

February 8, 2012


Penn Jillette is having a row with Jenn McCreight over the word ‘cunt’. Jillette made a facebook comment on an article he didn’t like, calling the author a ‘talentless cunt’. McCreight did a pretty good job calling him out on it, which ignited a massive flamewar in her article’s comment thread, prompting her to write a second […]

Gelatogate and A Theory of Justified Offense

November 23, 2011


I’ve been rolling this around in my brain for a while, but it’s essay-writing season and so I’ve either been too busy or too lazy to actually write about it without some prompting. Luckily, the skeptic community has provided me with just the prompt I needed to drag myself away from my heterogeneous combination of innovation studies […]

Reflections on a Basilica Part 2: In Defense of a Humanist Cathedral

October 27, 2011


I promise that I’ll be done bragging about my trip to Belgium after this. First, however, I need to share one more thought I had on Sint Pieters Basilica in Ghent. Last time around, I explained why non-theists should not want to deprive the religious of the emotional impact of such spaces. Now, however, I’m […]

Reflections on a Basilica Part 1: Why Skeptics Need More Empathy

October 25, 2011


I’ve been out of town for the past five days, and so today I don’t have very much to say about Occupy Edinburgh. There are upcoming posts on the subject, to be written once I’ve revisited the encampment, but for now I’m going to finally give in to something we all knew was coming ever […]