Talking About Religion in Your Skeptical Family

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Guest Post by Karen Leothen I am certain that one of the most-Googled questions by atheist parents today is How to discuss religion with my children as an atheist or skeptic. That’s because many of them were raised in a religion and are trying to figure out just what to do. I used to do […]

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Women Take Over Healing… Again

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  I recently had a medical procedure at a gastroenterology clinic. Yes, that one. I survived, thank you. But what was heartening to me was that each of the medical personnel I saw was a woman: the nurse, the nurse anesthesiologist, and the doctor. A recent study done by the Association of American Medical Colleges […]

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Thanks God for Blaming Eve…Not

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Dressed in my cotton print dress with two scratchy crinolines underneath, I hold my mother’s hand as we enter the gathering area for Sunday school classes. After an opening song, we split up by age group. Cautiously, I enter the first grade room. Fortunately, I know at least three kids. Thank heaven! The teacher, Mrs. […]

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“God’s Own Party” at War with Women

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15 Bible Texts Reveal Why “God’s Own Party” is at War with Women Guest Post by Valerie Tarico Why can’t GOP politicians trumpet their religious credentials without assaulting women? Because fundamentalist religion of all stripes has degradation of women at its core. Progressive Christians believe that the Bible is a human document, a record of humanity’s […]

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Why Won’t the US Ratify UN Treaty on Women’s Equality?

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July 17, 2015 marked the 35th anniversary of the signing of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) by former president Jimmy Carter. 189 countries have ratified this United Nations treaty, which is designed to bring equality to women around the world. The United States is just one […]

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What Happened to Sarah?

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  Remember the Bible story about god asking Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac? Did you ever think about Isaac’s mother Sarah? Did god consult her about this proposed sacrifice of her son? Did Abraham? But before we look at these questions, we need to go back a bit in time, back a lot actually, […]

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Abstinence-only Sex Education

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Re-reading the classics of feminism such as Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique and Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch, I am amazed at how far women have come since Sigmund Freud’s misogynist attitude toward women and their sexuality. But then I encounter Amber Barnhill’s poignant story about her total lack of sex education and I realize we […]

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Women and Religion

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Helen H. Gardener is the pen name for Alice Chenoweth, an American author and political activist in both the free thought and women’s suffrage movements of the late 19th century. She was a prolific lecturer and made the acquaintance of Robert Ingersoll who spoke out against religion. Later in her career, President Woodrow Wilson appointed […]

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Welcome to my blog – The Faithless Feminist!

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​ Let me introduce myself. My name is Karen Garst. I am an atheist and a life-long feminist. These two facets of who I am collided in 2014 when the U. S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby. In this decision, the Court decided that the owners of Hobby Lobby, because […]

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