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3 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Our Toxic Atheist Rift · 1 reply · +3 points

I have not done a good job of keeping my blogroll current. I used to update it at least monthly, but I am long overdue for an update. One more task for the to-do list.

3 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Our Toxic Atheist Rift · 0 replies · +2 points

Yep. I still catch myself making that assumption, and I certainly know better by now.

5 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Mere Atheism is Suffic... · 0 replies · +1 points

I suppose there are many definitions of humanism (see http://americanhumanist.org/Humanism/Definitions_... but it has always struck me as something a bit more than outward focused atheism. I find it difficult to separate from progressive values and an ethical stance that entails working for the good of humanity. And these days, I'd have a hard time arguing that social justice was not an important part of it too.

5 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Mere Atheism is Suffic... · 0 replies · +2 points

I think this is likely. It is difficult to know how one would behave in extreme situations when one has not been in one. If I were sent to prison, for example, I have to imagine that I would do some things that might be difficult to comprehend in order to survive. I'd have to expect that I would be fundamentally changed by the experience.

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - Mob Justice Should Mak... · 0 replies · +2 points

There was a time not too long ago when I probably would have agreed with this, at least for public sector employees. I'm not sure I'd do so now.

My recent post We Lost a Couple of Good Atheist Blogs

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - 10 Years of Atheist Re... · 0 replies · +1 points

Thanks and welcome! I'm a fan of Friendly Atheist too. Great blog.

My recent post We Lost a Couple of Good Atheist Blogs

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - 10 Years of Atheist Re... · 0 replies · +2 points

Thanks! And yes, you are still funny. The post about Mississippi banning the alphabet was great, probably because it seems like something they might actually try.

My recent post 10 Years of Atheist Revolution

2 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Islamic Extremism and ... · 0 replies · +5 points

I have been heavily criticized for not focusing enough on Muslims and focusing too much on Christians. This criticism is valid, as I do generally focus on Christian extremism since I am surrounded by it. As to why I have written more about Islam recently, look to the news cycle.

My recent post Islamic Extremism and Freedom of Speech

2 weeks ago @ http://iamchristianiam... - Using discredited science · 1 reply · +1 points

I think you are underestimating the problem of ignorance here. Everyone does not know that Newton's theories are universal; many Americans would not be able to tell you who Newton was or explain the basic idea of gravity. And I suspect that many anti-vaxxers have never heard of Wakefield but simply repeat things they have heard from their friends and family members. The same is almost certainly true for the countless Christians who have never bothered to read their own "holy" book.

I hate to see idiocy or extreme ignorance being conflated with mental illness. They are not the same at all. When I encounter someone who is ignorant of various facts, I do not assume the person is mentally ill or an idiot. I assume that he or she is poorly informed and has been trusting the wrong sources.

2 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Seeking Plaintiffs for... · 1 reply · +3 points

I've always liked that one too. Seems a bit less divisive than the god stuff, doesn't it?

My recent post Seeking Plaintiffs for Removal of 'In God We Trust'