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YOU’RE DAMN STRAIGHT I’M A ONE-ISSUE VOTER!

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  By Ann Wilcox   One evening I was at dinner with my philosophy discussion group. The talk turned to politics and current events, and the man next to me began to complain that his wife was a “one-issue voter.” “She just votes for the candidate that’s pro-choice, without thinking about their position on anything […]

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We Are Screwed!

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  On June 30, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. They ruled that the craft store (Hobby Lobby) could have religious views and therefore could refuse to provide certain forms of birth control to its female employees under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It was this event […]

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Yahweh Takes over Fertility… and Women’s Rights

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by Karen Garst Clay figurines from 50,000 years ago may be our earliest example of the human understanding of the importance of childbearing. If the clan or tribe didn’t reproduce itself, it would not survive. Most of these clay figurines are of women. The ones with large bellies or breasts might have been made to […]

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It Has Seven Genders and Can Mate with the Other Six!

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By Karen Garst Had I been a more adventurous young woman or born at a later time, I am sure that I would have pursued biology as my field of study. I remember learning about evolution in my ninth grade science class in the 60s. I was hooked. I wrote a paper about early man […]

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Is God a Man?

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by Teresa Roberts When I was growing up in a religious cult, I never thought for one moment to question whether god was a man. After all, in our house, my father reigned supreme as his god had intended all males to do. My mom, however, was a rather stubborn woman according to him. It […]

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How Children Are Indoctrinated into Religion

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By Karen Garst People always ask why there are not more women in the “atheist movement.” One of the main reasons is because more of them are sitting in the pews each Sunday morning. A 2014 Pew Research Center survey found that women are more likely than men to say religion is “very important” in […]

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The Problem with Purity

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By Lauren J. Barnhart We all struggle with complicated issues around the human body. Much of our culture is informed by patriarchal religious views, which teach people to transcend the body rather than be fully within it. This has resulted in systems of control and repression. By examining fears of the physical in all of […]

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11 Things American Conservatives Must Stop Claiming As Persecution

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By Shanna Babilonia Many people globally are being persecuted for their religious beliefs and for their non-belief. They are being stripped of their property and personal rights, tortured, murdered and displaced from their own homeland, simply for not following the same spiritual principles as their fellow citizens. Whether you are a believer, or not, we […]

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How our mental psyche is affected by religion

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By Karen L. Garst Anyone who has left religion, whether it was a fundamentalist religion or a more liberal variety, knows the role that religion plays on our mental psyche. We feel guilt that we are making mistakes and not being the person the holy book tells us to be. We feel shame when we […]

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A Dystopian Future – Sacrificed

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By Karen Garst The world of the internet continues to amaze me. I connected with a woman named Yuriria Harris who had seen my blog. She was born in Mexico City, brought up in an indigenous community, and became aware early on of the great injustices that poor people in her country suffered. At the […]

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