Women in Secularism 4 Conference

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On September 22, I flew from my home in Oregon to Arlington, VA to attend the Women in Secularism 4 Conference. I had not heard about this conference until someone told me about it at the Reason Rally I attended in June in Washington, D.C. I am sure that the first question will be “Why […]

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The Saga of Women – 33 AD to present

A savior arrives and dies on the cross Supposedly to save us from sin But women will always be seen As the source of original sin.   He was born of a virgin who knew not men. The seed for life comes from above. In this upside down world that now exists What happened to […]

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The Saga of Women – Part I

Deep in the back of a cold dark cave The men prepare for the hunt. They paint the pictures of bison and deer As the shaman enters a trance.   At the front of the cave near a warm hearth The women sit down together. They hold in their hands small figurines Carved out of […]

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Why Do We Toss Coins into Fountains?

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  When I was in Rome a few years ago, I tossed a coin into the Trevi fountain. It was just something every tourist wants to do. But have you ever wondered why people toss coins into fountains? Where on earth did this ritual come from? Peter Wells, in his book, Barbarians to Angels, The […]

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You Want to Cut What off my Penis?

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Normally I write about women and religion, but this one is for you men. Up until quite recently, it was a common practice, at least in the United States, to remove part of the prepuce or foreskin of the penis in infant boys. It is now considered not only unjustifiable as a medical practice, but […]

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Shedding the Romantic Idea of a Buddhist Follower

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In this guest blog post, Pema Sherpa discusses her experience with Buddhism in her native Nepal. She says that while not every Buddhist follower or monk is corrupt and there are still authentic practitioners, she has given up the tradition and follows a spiritual path instead. She now lives in Bend, Oregon. I grew up […]

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Hebrews Steal Creation Story from Babylon

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As virtually all religious historians agree, the elite people from Judah (the Southern Kingdom and the only one remaining after the Northern Kingdom fell in 722 BCE) were carted off to Babylon after Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem, the capital, at the beginning of the 6th century BCE. Their sojourn lasted decades and many believe they were […]

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22 Amazing Women – Part Two

  As promised, here are excerpts from three more of the 22 women who wrote their personal stories of leaving religion in my upcoming book, Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion. Hopefully you will agree with my assessment that it took strong doses of courage, will, and strength to share their stories with us. […]

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22 Amazing Women – Part One

“All three Abrahamic religions are nasty, and women have borne the brunt of the nastiness throughout history. It still persists, and it is moving to listen to women of today telling their personal histories of the various ways in which religion has oppressed them, from childhood on. In their interestingly different ways their testimonies seem to add up to […]

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