The unbelievers: New Atheism and the Old Boys’ Club

The unbelievers: New Atheism and the Old Boys’ Club

Bitch Magazine points out

“From Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the founder of American Atheists, whose 1963 Supreme Court lawsuit brought an end to prayer in public schools, to Sergeant Kathleen Johnson, who started an organization for atheists in the United States military, to Debbie Goddard, founder of African Americans for Humanism, countless women have worked as successful atheist activists.”

It goes even further back. Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were atheists, pointing out that God made a perfect enforcer for men’s prejudices.


What war on men?

Somebody has things backwards! Read “Atheist feminism and the so-called war on men.”

Sunday musings

Wiccan pentacle

Ten years old is when my son decided he wanted to be a Pagan. In my very occasional churchgoing, I had just heard a guest pastor praising a ten-year-old in some other country for choosing Christianity. So I knew that he was old enough to make his own religious decisions and said, “Fine.”

Why are women more religious?

Are women more religious? It seems so, but perhaps they have just learned to give conventional answers to conventional questions. I ruminated elsewhere…

It has been suggested in the past that women are more religious because they depend more on luck for the outcome of their lives, e.g. the real personality of whomever they marry. They are more rewarded for being conventional. They are more punished for speaking up. They are busier with household and childrearing responsibilities. They make less money and cannot buy free time in the form of services such as laundry, take-out food, or housekeeping. They’ve learned to keep their heads down and not volunteer opinions that might be shot down.

For many women, especially in small communities, the church is their social life and their only source of authority or autonomy outside the home. And they are appreciated, at least by the other women in the group. Churches would dry up and blow away without the Women’s Auxiliary.

I think that’s enough to explain the gap. If you want to find the women, look at volunteer positions, clinic defences, etc.

The hobo code of conduct

PZ Myers on Pharyngula pointed out that the hobo ethical code forbids molesting children or letting others get away with it. That puts them one up on the practices of the Roman Catholic Church.

13. Do not allow other hobos to molest children, expose all molesters to authorities, they are the worst garbage to infest any society.

God the Father?

I don’t know about that.


What have you done with your life?

If you’re remembered for your peripheral part in a big story, will that satisfy you?