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The Controversy over the Mythicist Milwaukee Conference

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When I got enraged at the U. S. Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, I wrote a book about why women should leave religion: Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion. I started this blog and named it Faithless Feminist. I had always defined feminist as gender equality between men and women. Three […]

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Terrorism in Portland – What Can You Do?

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  Last week, I was horrified to listen to the news reports of a man riding on our light-rail system in Portland, Oregon. He suddenly started hurling insults at two women who appeared to be Muslim, one was wearing a hijab. Three men intervened and the man stabbed all three with a knife. Two died […]

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Why aren’t there more women atheists?

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We all know that the movement called the “New Atheism” was promoted most importantly by the “Four Horsemen.” These men-Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens-all became very outspoken after the tragedy of 9/11. Each of them published seminal books in the first decade of the 21st century. A survey of the […]

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Can atheist organizations work together?

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When my husband and I left religion behind for good, we did not seek out an alternative community. We didn’t explore more liberal churches such as the Unitarian Universalists. We didn’t check out any humanist organizations in the greater Portland, Ore., area. We didn’t inquire if friends knew about any secular communities. We just raised […]

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Women Doing Street Epistemology

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Epistemology = “The theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope. Epistemology is the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion.” This week’s blog post is about Street Epistemology (SE). I interviewed three women who have learned about its methods and have engaged in conversations with people who hold religious […]

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Socrates in Your Pocket – How Atheos Breaks Through Dogmatism

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By Christine Vigeant Christine Vigeant is a mother of two young children and a secular activist. She is currently working towards an MA in German Studies at the University of Oregon where she teaches German to undergraduates. Christine is a Ronald E. McNair scholar, has worked with the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, […]

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My First Reason Rally

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Flying back to Portland, Oregon from the Reason Rally in Washington, D.C. gave me the time to reflect on what I and my traveling companions had experienced. We were a motley crew. Melanie was raised secular and only became interested in atheism lately given recent moves to restrict women’s reproductive rights. Robin is active in […]

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I am an Atheist* Day

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*Includes Agnostics… Purpose: To make atheists more visible in their communities and to provide resources for people seeking to leave religion. Background: There are many organizations representing atheist, agnostics, freethinkers, and secular humanists throughout the United States. Some of these organizations focus on the separation of church and state and others create local groups to […]

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