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17-Year-Old Made To Receive Blood Transfusions

17-Year-Old Made To Receive Blood Transfusions

This story first popped up on my radar via the Friendly Atheist blog, as many stories often do. In Australia, a young man (aged 17) has some form of cancer whose treatment involves receiving blood transfusions. He was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, and compared receiving a blood transfusion to “being raped” due to his beliefs. He was ordered to accept the treatment by the New Sou... »

How We Use Anger In Activism

How We Use Anger In Activism

I’m going to begin by saying that I’m coming from a point of being JT’s acquaintance—I’m likely to give him the benefit of the doubt. I don’t agree with how others in the movement have chosen to write him off or dismiss his comments because of his stances. So, I’m here to sort of defend his position. My views don’t necessarily reflect on the rest of the Skepchick people and I suspect many of them ... »

The ‘Schism’ in Skepticism

The ‘Schism’ in Skepticism

Over the last few years, and especially since the event known as “Elevatorgate,” we’ve seen a drastic increase in the visibility of sexism within the skeptic/atheist movements. It has been the focus of many conversations, and many eyes have been following the developments of people coming out against sexist behaviour and others rushing to defend the behaviour. It can be, at times... »

Ken Ham: Children Are Belongings

Ken Ham: Children Are Belongings

After an incalculable (because I’m lazy) amount of time, I’m back to rant more about nonsense that fits under our umbrella! For those who are unfamiliar with the name, Ken Ham is an Australian young-Earth creationist who markets creationism to children by way of picture books, the Creation Museum, and presentations to groups of very young kids. He espouses a belief that dinosaurs and h... »

Religion’s Future Part 2: Secular Solutions

Religion’s Future Part 2: Secular Solutions

This is the second part of a two-part post speculating on the future of religion. You can find part one here. Alright, so we all know many of the problems that religion poses to our society. Religious politicians try to force their beliefs on us via legislation, teachers try to incorporate religious teachings in their classrooms, people get turned away at flower shops… The point is, religios... »

Religion’s Future Part 1: The Role of Religion

Religion’s Future Part 1: The Role of Religion

This is part 1 of a two-part series speculating on the future of religion. The second part is here. As the monotheisms die out thanks to all the corruption and violence and rape and such in their hierarchies, a lot of people will be left without the comfort and community that they’ve found in religion. It’s already true that many doubters remain in their church for fear of ostracism or... »

Speak Your Mind: Ageism is a Thing

Speak Your Mind: Ageism is a Thing

Hey, everybody! You might not know this, but I turned 18 last year (19 next month!), so official adulthood is still fairly new for me. I am often mistaken for being at least a couple years older than I am due to my vocabulary, eloquence, and (so they tell me) intelligence. Of course, this happened with just as much frequency before I became a legal adult, but it was much more significant back then... »

Darwin Day is Tomorrow!

Darwin Day is Tomorrow!

Since most of our readers are science nerds (or at least know something about science and evolution), I’m sure it’s not news to you that tomorrow is International Darwin Day! If you’re not familiar with the celebration, I guess I’ll take the several minutes to explain what’s going on. Because I love you guys. Charles Darwin was born on February 12 in 1809, which is wh... »

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