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Go to: American Atheists must define themselves, not be defined by the religious

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Well, no matter the term, we should still stand and be counted in things like the census. LGBT movements and so on, have a recognized acronym (for the most part, although it varies within LGBT communities themselves). There must be some kind of cattle-call (or cat-call, if it really is like herding cats) that we can gather under. I respect the right of the people I want to gather, not to, and to disagree of course. But I ask, does what title people put you under (e.g. Queer vs. Lesbian), matter in the perspective of getting a political movement underway? Yes, it would be nice if people (especially those involved) understood the nuances of the words and terms and identities, and the fact that like any large part of any population, we are not homogeneous and uniform-- but I hope that those dissenters, those silent and watchful would put aside the nit-picking in favor of social change. I am not saying that distinctions and differences are untrue, but I think that it belongs to a more academic sort of setting. I wish it wasn't so, but no large population, such as Americans in general really bother with understanding the difference, with being conscientious. I suppose what I'm saying is "first things first" in that we need to organize under some kind of general banner. Organizing things is better (I'm betting) than simply waiting for "the masses" that politicians pander to, to understand us. I realize that yes, there are already organizations for non-believers, this excellent site being one of them, but I wonder how much reaching out, we as a group (not this website's administration etc) do to reach out in our own communities. Yes, there is significance in our very existence, just as even having a Gay-Straight Alliance at a school is significant. It is a victory for the minorities to be counted and have voice. I suppose what I'm saying is the same thing I say to my school's GSA, be counted, be active. We must be vocal in political affairs, we must have a voice for that supposed 15-20 percent.

Thu, 29 Dec 2011 07:52:08 UTC | #903476

Go to: Atheist Teens Empowered by New Foundation’s Gift

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I wish I could start something like that at my school, but I don't think most of the atheists at my school would care enough to attend. It would probably be something more like a think tank, study hall, or discussion group.

Anyway, I'm a bit busy with class work and newspaper, and running the school's Gay-Straight Alliance.

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 02:54:46 UTC | #525463

Go to: Religious Right Goes Nuts Over Transgender Appointee Amanda Simpson

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Matt Barber, associate dean at Jerry Fallwell's Liberty University, said the appointment "boggles the mind" and said that while African-Americans might deserve special treatment, transgender people don't.

That ought to be embarrassing....D;

It's interesting that the reaction buttons at the top are: Important Funny Typical Scary Outrageous Amazing Innovative Finally

In a way, it's all of these. Still, it's better than that article about stoning that showed up here:

I hope they're careful though, I'm sure there's a fucknut out there who might try something...

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 01:42:00 UTC | #429122

Go to: Brief Scientific Autobiography

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I agree that people write autobiographies for ego-strokery, selling-out, but I doubt that whatever Richard comes out with (if he does do a book-length autobiography) will be anything of the sort.

Being an ecstatic fan myself, I would like to know more about his personal life. And perhaps with not as much embarrassment as I should feel, Richard is in a way, an idol of mine too. But as such on its deepest and highest level, a champion of free thought, science and rationalism.... And at the bottom of list of reasons to be a fan: for the thrill of collecting humorous web things against the uber-religious:

But in the end, I must agree that it should be a more scientific autobiography, because no matter how fascinating it would be to the fans, creationists would also get their dirty little mits on it and probably twist it around to a degree.....But then on the other hand, RD probably wouldn't give them an opportunity with anything they might consider "scandalous".

Funnily enough, my dad (both my parents are librarians in CA universities) made me look up the People's Park on Wikipedia which is very interesting. Sad that a few people died for it...

Unfortunately, both my parents didn't get to Berkley until the mid to late 70's for their graduate decrees in library school, and were relatively quiet liberals, almost completely uninvolved. And sadly, even my dad with a bio major as a undergrad at San Luis Obispo didn't hear of Dawkins until the nineties as a sidenote to Douglas Adams (which is how I heard of him ;-P).

Ah well, in a few years (I hope) I'll get to Berkley and I'll make up for their lack of activism!

Mon, 04 Jan 2010 09:12:00 UTC | #428254

Go to: Richard Dawkins on Real Time with Bill Maher

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hmm. I loved Janeane in Mystery Men, but I think her comments are a little femenist centered (not that they don't have their merits- they do).

I think Richard's more right than the rest of them. Religion is the main cause, but the only thing we can directly "combat" are other issue discussed: foreign policy etc.

Mustache-guy has a good point to do with the psychology of it.

Wed, 07 Oct 2009 05:09:00 UTC | #403974

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