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390 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Being Quoted Accuratel... · 0 replies · +3 points

When you write controversial things people will attack you...


Fixed that. :)

410 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Michael Shermer is Lat... · 1 reply · +7 points

I'm not a fan of Ophelia Benson or FTB in general.

However:

Benson didn't call Shermer a sexist or a misogynist. She said that his comment perpetuates a sexist stereotype. Which it does, regardless of his intent. She also said it was discouraging, which it is. And that was it. The whole mention of him personally carried less than 200 words in a thousand word article devoted not to what an asshole Michael Shermer is, but to why we are still having to deal with this kind of crap.

Then Mr. Shermer devotes 2000 words to that bitch Opelia and her fucking witchhunt. What???

Let's keep some fucking perspective. This is the place that calls for it so much, let's try and keep our heads here, ok?

It was the OTHERS that started shouting about Shermer being a sexist, misogynistic douchebag. And it was after his diatribe about being a target of High-priestess Benson's withchunt.

As for Ophelia's final tweet? Sounds to me like she didn't mean to expose Shermer as the paranoid, closeted sexist, anti-feminist his double talking response reveals him to be. Since his was the only name specifically named in the whole "women should stay away from these speakers" BS that kicked off our present state of ridiculous disorder, that doesn't really surprise me.

418 weeks ago @ Bitch Spot - Horror Show Sunday: Ch... · 2 replies · +1 points

I'm not arguing the validity of your point, I'm just saying I don't think religious blinders were the issue here. It's true that religion is getting crazier and crazier to the point where it may be difficult for a layperson to distinguish regular old crazy religion from seriously dangerous crazy hyper-religion, but a trained professional charged with the safety of children should have been able to see the difference.

This woman didn't kill because of religion, she killed because she was mentally ill. This is different from Christian Scientists or Jehovah's Witnesses who withhold medical care. Religion in this case was just the vehicle for the crazy. If there was no religion, it could just as easily have been Doctor Who or Absolutely Fabulous.

The people in the system who were already aware that problems existed, ignored the obvious warning signs of hyper-religion and didn't remove the children are now responsible. If we make the case that they ignored the crazy because it was dressed up as religion, then I would say they weren't very well trained for their jobs, since crazy is often dressed up as religion. But it also seems that they just weren't doing their job very well, since NHS had been there THAT DAY and left without seeing the mother.

Everyone involved in this case needs to be held personally and publicly responsible and criminally prosecuted, if such is possible in the UK. Now - if this doesn't happen because of some sort of religious freedom nonsense or privilege, then I guess we'll have to revisit the issue.

OTOH, had this happened in the US I would be right there with you. I've seen the "mental illness = demonic possession" crowd in full effect down here.

418 weeks ago @ Bitch Spot - Horror Show Sunday: Ch... · 2 replies · +3 points

Who the hell was responsible for making sure that the known crazy people weren't killing their own children? Those people need to go to jail.

418 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Trigger Warning · 1 reply · +2 points

My personal opinion is that this is not a "safe space" or support blog. Warnings belong over content that you feel would be disturbing to your readers or (if you wish) to the public in general. If you wish to be even more sensitive to those who may be dealing with specific common traumas, a warning might be placed over any explicit description of that trauma. Your responsibility ends there. As long as someone looking for atheist news/opinion/content googles up this site and doesn't accidentally stumble upon porn, dead bodies or graphic descriptions of sexual (or any other) violence, I think you've done your part.

Doing a quick search, I found a few examples of how this can get out of control. An example I found in the comments from an article called When "Trigger Warning" Lost All Its Meaning was a complaint about a picture of moldy bread. :)

This is not to say trigger warnings don't serve a purpose. On a site that has been designated or can reasonably be expected to be a safe space for people suffering from or subject to different triggers, warnings should be not only be expected but compulsory. On a straight-up atheist site, though? I don't think so.

497 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Catholic Freethinkers? · 1 reply · +1 points

I've been an atheist going on ten years and I still refer to myself as Catholic. I've never quit and they haven't kicked me out, so I'm still part of the club!

499 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Former Atheist Warns A... · 1 reply · +2 points

I read the comments over there and I have never seen more people doing intellectual gymnastics to refute rational arguments. It's ridiculous the lengths to which people will go when defending something their brain has to be telling them isn't true.

532 weeks ago @ Deep Thoughts - In Memorandum · 1 reply · +2 points

My girlfriend and I are expecting our first baby in January. We just found out last week that it's a girl!

That's a new episode that I am both excited and terrified to begin.

535 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Do Christians Interfer... · 0 replies · +2 points

Having lived in New Orleans most of my life, these weirdo drinking laws other places have always puzzled me. But then, you can't buy a car in Louisiana on a Sunday. Crazy Christers.

540 weeks ago @ Deep Thoughts - WWJD – fired for... · 0 replies · +1 points

"Firing somebody for having sex before marriage is a tad legalistic. What ever happened to forgiveness?"

Fuck that. What about firing someone who is about to have a baby? Whatever happened to compassion?