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Atheists Miss Another #MeToo Moment

…chick spearheaded an exhibit featuring atheist women who’d been targets of online and real time stalking and harassment. During this period, some organizations implemented anti-sexual harassment and professional conduct policies for secular events. These policies were band-aids over the real issue of power, control, and authority in movement atheism, which is still in the thrall of global figureheads such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, while p…

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Egyptians Queue Up to Say: On February 4, 2011, I was in Tahrir Square

…ng the national anthem of Egypt, and people watching were posting messages online indicating they were crying when they heard that chant. A number of famous personalities joined the protests after Friday prayers—including, significantly, Amr Moussa (the former foreign minister of Egypt, and Secretary General of the Arab League). The Mufti of Egypt declared he would resign if a single protestor were harmed; but there was no sign today at Tahrir Squ…

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On Whistleblowing, MLK, Jr., and the Politics of Resistance in the Digital Age

…group hacked into CEO Aaron Barr’s accounts, releasing his private e-mails online and publicizing its actions on Twitter. When critics like former Anonymous member Jennifer Emick accused the group of hypocrisy for violating people’s privacy rights, members of the group sent her highly misogynistic and sexualized threats. In these ways, vigilante groups like Anonymous run the risk of undermining the type of civil disobedience that springs from love…

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3 Takeaways from #Easter2015

…ty’s highest holy day, The Cubit tracked Twitter (and, to a lesser extent, Instagram) activity, turning up plenty of clever marketing, post-church tweeting, and historical rehashing. 1) Easter tweets seem to peak after church When do people tweet out their Easter feelings? The Cubit’s analysis suggests that the hours immediately following church are the sweet-spot for Easter hashtagging. Across the board, popular Easter-related tweets (including #…

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Pope Praises ‘Complementarity’ & Resists Gay Ambassador; Irish Religious Leaders Spar Over Marriage; Colombian Atty Gen Cites ‘Bogus’ Study Opposing Adoption; Global LGBT Recap

…er after being outed by an anti-gay activist lost her legal effort to be reinstated, reports Associated Press. Ksenia Kirichenko, the lawyer for a gay rights organization which is representing the teacher, said Thursday that the court this week refused the teacher’s demand to be reinstated. The teacher, who would agree to be identified only by her first name, Alevtina, is one of several gay teachers who lost their jobs in St. Petersburg after bein…

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Drop that Candy Bar, Pagan!

…on the earth. Don’t despair if you can’t make it to Dallas, you can watch online starting at 7 p.m. Central. But if your kids really like candy, you can comfort yourself with the approach to Halloween taken by Mars Hill church, the authoritarian megachurch phenomenon associated with hipster homophobe Mark Driscoll that has spawned survivors’ blogs. In an article promoted by the church’s Resurgence ministry, Pastor Justin Holcomb says Halloween’s…

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Christian ‘Purity’ Guru’s Loss of Faith May Signal a Coming Reckoning For Conservative Christianity

…Christianity and adapting in these different ways,” he said. Harris’s July Instagram posts suggest he may be in the process of doing just that. It’s worth noting (though most news reports have not) that in his “deconstruction” note Harris doesn’t dismiss a “relationship with Jesus,” which is the crux of evangelical Christianity, although he goes on to say that the tools by which he understands Christianity don’t allow him to claim that label. And…

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Bannon’s “Alt-Facts” Satan

…to reality is seen in other places. Certain satire functions this way, for instance, as do miracles. The Onion snidely echoing Joe Biden’s disdain for the incoming administration or the appearance of a stain on an overpass wall that is read, by devotees, as a manifestation of the Virgin Mary. Belief is bolstered; confirmation or even confirmability is, simply, moot. As any student of religion knows, not all beliefs conflict with objective reality…

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Dehumanizing Huckabee Tweet Another Echo of Dangerous Tribalism

…l, an us-versus-them attitude infected our public sphere. In-groups formed online and IRL as various symbols and labels came to define various political tribes. Donald Trump harnessed the instinctual force of tribal epistemology more than any other candidate. His call for a border wall, his promise (and attempts) to ban Muslims from the country, and his overall willingness to reduce the world to real Americans (i.e. those with Trump, who said “I a…

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Marriage Equality: No More (Word) Games

…the person they love.  Not surprisingly, my small gesture sparked a bit of online controversy. Because my Facebook friends mirror the various chapters of my life, they also represent various constituencies: Southern Baptists from Tennessee, evangelicals from Nebraska, and progressive Christians from Chicago. In fact, my wall sometimes feels like a mashup of Bill Gaither, Rob Bell, and Amanda Palmer—a quality I liken to our wonderfully pluralistic…

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