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2 hours ago @ Atheist Revolution - Religious Atrocities i... · 0 replies · +2 points

I think it would be awfully difficult to hold congregants legally accountable for the criminal behavior of their clergy if they were unaware it was taking place. It seems to me that it would make more sense to go after the church officials who knew and concealed or facilitated the behavior. A clearer case could be made for their culpability.

9 hours ago @ Bitch Spot - Facebook is Bugging Me · 0 replies · +1 points

The good thing about both Twitter and Facebook is that it is fairly easy to set your blog up just to automatically send each new post out on their networks. That way, you really don't have to visit them but people can still choose to follow your blog that way. While I still enjoy Twitter, I don't do much with Facebook except have my blog posts sent there.

My recent post Religious Atrocities in the Age of Transparency

14 hours ago @ Bitch Spot - Horror Show Sunday: W... · 0 replies · +1 points

The question of what we do about this is a great one. For now, I think that posts like this are an important part of the answer. We need to keep informing people that this crap continues to happen and that it happens more frequently than many realize. I consider spreading the word about this sort of thing to be an important public service.

My recent post Daily Show Mocks Exorcism

15 hours ago @ Atheist Revolution - Daily Show Mocks Exorcism · 2 replies · +1 points

Might be a browser plug-in issue or a temporary problem on their end. I can see it without any trouble in Firefox, Safari, and Chrome this morning.

1 day ago @ Atheist Revolution - The Atheist Community ... · 0 replies · +2 points

I'd imagine that one of the challenges with coalition building would be the willingness to recognize that coalitions do not have to include every single group that is out there. There will always be groups that are so toxic that their involvement in a larger cause could be counterproductive. A group that tried to attach too many strings as conditions of participation like you describe might fall into that category.

2 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - The Atheist Community ... · 0 replies · +2 points

I imagine each community will have its own leaders, some of whom will undoubtedly continue to speak as if they represented all atheists. In other words, I don't imagine we'll notice much of a change.

My recent post Another Church-State Violation in Rankin County

2 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - The Atheist Community ... · 0 replies · +4 points

I think there are a number of areas where national groups are going to be able to accomplish more (e.g., lobbying elected officials, filing lawsuits, organizing large scale campaigns) than most local groups. But I acknowledge that my views are skewed by living in an area without active secular organizations at the local level. I think that leads me to be much more focused on the national scale than I might otherwise be.
My recent post Another Church-State Violation in Rankin County

2 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - The Atheists Who Would... · 0 replies · +1 points

Fair enough. This would certainly be a very different blog if I was writing primarily to attract readers. I understand that what I write will not appeal to everyone, and I'm okay with that.
My recent post Another Church-State Violation in Rankin County

4 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - The Atheists Who Would... · 2 replies · +1 points

That would be difficult to count because the bickering often takes place around the "issue oriented subjects." This post is an example of that since it about the issue of free speech and some of the efforts to stop it, including those by religious believers and atheists. If I was counting, I'd certainly count this as one of the issue-oriented posts.

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4 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - The \"Real Christian\"... · 1 reply · +2 points

Good point. We do seem determined to sort each other into categories, no matter how trivial many of them are, and then use our categorization as a basis for assigning different values to people. It has been thoroughly disappointing to see how readily (almost joyfully) some atheists do this. Perhaps religion flourishes because of tribalism and not the other way around.