Category Archives for Women and Religion

Journey of an Ex-Muslim atheist from Bangladesh to the USA

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Guest post by Zerin M. Firoze Please read last week’s post for the first part of the journey of this brave young woman. A year ago, every moment of my life passed with the constant fear of rape and death. Islamic extremists could break into my house and kill me at any moment. The Bangladeshi […]

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Journey of a Bangladeshi Woman from Islam to Atheism

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Guest post by Zerin M. Firoze I never believed in religion, not even as a child. Religions, particularly Islam, never made sense to me. However, I used to believe in Allah—The Almighty God who created the whole universe. After all, just like most Muslim kids, it was drilled into my head that there is no […]

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When Will the US Have Its Own Cleopatra?

Cleopatra, the most well-known but not the first female pharaoh, ruled Egypt 2000 years ago. The first woman ruler of Egypt may have been Sobekneferu who ruled 1800 years before Cleopatra. Moving closer to the present, there have been 59 countries who have had women leaders in the past fifty years according to a 2016 […]

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Women Doing Street Epistemology

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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Cultural Relativism or Basic Human Rights?

If you have never heard the term “cultural relativism” before, rest assured you are not alone. One really has to work hard to keep up with the new words and phrases that have popped up in the last few years, particularly on social media. Cultural relativism can be defined by this type of statement: “Women’s […]

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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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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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