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vjack

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16 hours ago @ Atheist Revolution - The Polls Showing Sand... · 0 replies · +1 points

He could certainly try. Then again, many voters have no idea who FDR is or why he might be relevant today.

3 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Rejecting #VoteBlueNoM... · 0 replies · +1 points

In other words, anybody who disagrees with you when it comes to politics is not rational and is either naive or a GOP mole. Got it.

3 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Political Correctness,... · 0 replies · +2 points

Link aggregator sites like these aren't really about following people or groups as much as they are being able to stop in whenever one feels like it to see what others are talking about. I also find them handy to promote stuff I find that does not seem to be getting enough attention.

As to your question, there is certainly a conflict between those who would utilize authoritarian methods of limiting the expression of ideas they do not like and those who seek to encourage the free expression of ideas, including those often deemed dangerous or offensive.

3 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Political Correctness,... · 0 replies · +1 points

I can't think of too many terms that could not be used as stereotypes or to discredit/confuse issues when they are misused. There is certainly a danger in the misapplication of "social justice warrior" or "regressive left" just as there is a danger in the misapplication of "racist" or "misogynist." More reasonable discretion all around would be helpful.

3 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Segregation in Church ... · 0 replies · +3 points

That's a great question and one to which I do not know the answer. When I looked at their website (http://blackhumanists.org/), I could not find an explicit answer. Their "join us" page does specify "We seek Black humanists..." Thus, I'd guess that they are not interested in members who are not Black. On their "resources" page, there are several external links, including some that refer to allies and at least one that mentions White allies. My guess is that they distinguish between allies and members. Perhaps they are interested in White allies but not members.

My recent post Political Correctness, Identity Politics, SJWs, and the Regressive Left: Resources on Reddit and Voat

3 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Segregation in Church ... · 0 replies · +2 points

Dividing people into groups and sub-groups appears to be what many on the left are determined to do (i.e., identity politics). This desire appears to cut across both religion and secularism. It has really taken root.

4 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Segregation in Church ... · 0 replies · +2 points

I suppose it depends on which of the many definitions one uses (see http://americanhumanist.org/humanism/definitions_.... Some explicitly incorporate social justice into the definition; others do not.

4 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Segregation in Church ... · 4 replies · +1 points

I like the users group analogy. The names of these groups make them sound like they are more about identity than interests, but I do think that interests can be a good way to think about this.

On their website, the Black Humanist Alliance describes their mission as follows: "While we concern ourselves with confronting expressions of religious hegemony in public policy, the BHA is also devoted to confronting social, economic, and political deprivations that disproportionately impact Black America due to centuries of culturally ingrained prejudices." I read that as indicating that they are interested in humanism broadly but seek to have a particular focus on issues that impact Blacks in the U.S. Seems appropriate to me.

4 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Segregation in Church ... · 3 replies · +4 points

I think the main issue with Atheism+ was not that they sought to address social justice issues but that they decided to demonize everyone who did not wish to join them in their expanded focus. I suppose time will tell whether something similar happens here, but I don't know that it necessarily has to.

4 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Segregation in Church ... · 0 replies · +1 points

I've tried to check out their website a few times today, but every time I do all I see is "403 Forbidden." Hopefully it is just a temporary glitch and they'll be back soon.