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Someone is ANGRY on the Internet! (apologies to xkcd)


Richard Dawkins is mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore.


What's made him so mad? Petty American Feminists who get angry over nothing.


Andrew Sullivan

Friends, I am sorry to report that FREE SPEECH™ is, for all intents and purposes, dead. And not just in Dawkinsland either, where Richard and his fellow...what's the word?... "rationalists" I believe they call themselves, are at this very moment cowering in abject fear of no exaggeration witch hunts, actual Inquisitions and literal Orwellian Thought Police. But this terrifying campaign of violent censorship has now gone far beyond even that: Andrew Sullivan, "conservative-libertarian" columnist, reports with alarm that "The SJWs Now Get To Police Speech On Twitter." Yes indeed: “Twitter has empowered leftist feminists to have a censorship field day.” Obviously, if these leftist feminist censors are not stopped—and pronto—next thing you know straight white men will be the ones fleeing their homes in fear for their lives. Just like Richard Dawkins.

The Troll face

Some of us get online to enjoy a sense of community with like-minded individuals. In the secular movement, in particular, many of us are not in a position to be open about our beliefs.

The upside of the internet is that it provides an environment to engage in conversation and debate. The downside is that sometimes that dialogue can turn ugly, as we know from adages like, “Never read the comments,” and “Don’t feed the trolls.”

There is a huge difference between simple disagreements, and the type of online experience that is known as trolling.

black and white drawing of a depressed-looking person being bombarded with words

The belief that words, especially if intended as humorous, cannot cause harm is counterfactual. And because it is counterfactual, it does harm in itself.

First, I'd like to point out that in many cases, even people who make this claim often don't act as if they believed it: e.g. people who will defend the use of slurs because words are harmless will easily turn around and whine for ages about how being criticized is bullying. That's not behavior consistent with "words don't harm", it's behavior consistent with a belief that some words don't cause harm, while others do.

As a lifelong student of the deadly scourge known as “conservatism,” I read with great interest a recent piece by Ezra Klein in Vox entitled Standing near hand sanitizer makes Americans more conservative. So what will Ebola do?.

Worst Survey Ever

Worst Survey Ever. Why so many choices?

There, that's Better

There. That's better.

I’m a big fan of the “Conflict in the Secular Movement Survey” that’s been going around.

girl on cross

Once again, it has come to my attention that people who write misogynist shit are not universally mocked for dehumanizing women and girls. No, I’m not talking about Richard fucking Dawkins for a change. I’m talking about Christian clergy who opine thusly: 2 Reasons Why My Daughter Will Not Go to College.

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