Religion and Spirituality

The Atheist Promise | Modernising Scouts

Scouting is a huge global movement, offering adventure and experiences for people age 6 to 25 years old. Over 450,000 people are part of the movement in the UK and it’s the United Kingdom’s largest mixed youth organisation. Find out more here.   About three weeks after you join one …

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Race and Religion

To clarify before this starts, I’m a humanist and I can only speak from my experience in England, as that is where I’ve lived all my life. Around 7% of the British population are people from Asian countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Bangladesh, but in my school the …

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Religion and Spirituality

In Which I am Threatened with Foolishness and the Ruin of Soul

It is the time, dear readers, of my birthday, which means that it is also the time for my good Christian grandmother to communicate with me.  Just to be clear, she communicates exactly once per year, and only to attempt with a few pithily chosen Bible verses or tracts, to …

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Religion and Spirituality

Constructive Criticism: Christian Advertising

I write blog posts on the terrible ways (tracts, street preachers) Christians attempt to convince me that their religion is the best.  It is easy to identify problems.  It is less easy, though often more important, to identify better solution. So.  What I would prefer to see Christians doing, instead …

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Religion and Spirituality

Certainty, Christian Street Preachers, and Assumptions

I recently attended an anime convention, as I sometimes do, and at this one, upon leaving one day, I encountered that bane of the urban landscape, the Christian street preacher.  They were hanging out accosting convention attendees, which I thought was really quite rude.  It is not as though I …

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Religion and Spirituality

Exorcisms and Agency

I’ve been quietly going about my business in the election, waiting for various people to tell me whether it’s more feminist to vote for Bernie or Hillary, and then I see stories like this.  Some people attempted to exorcise Ted Cruz.  I hate exorcisms as a thing.  Even by the …

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Religion and SpiritualitySkepticism

Sex Ed with James Dobson: 10 Things you Didn’t Know about True Love

It’s been some time, but I have finally brought myself to read more condescending advice on how to be a good Christian teenager from an upper middle class American family that conforms to outdated stereotypes. This chapter, “I think I’ve Fallen in Love” is in the form of a quiz, …

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Religion and Spirituality

Christianity and the Worth of People

It is that time of year that contains my birthday and Christmas so I receive my two annual communications from my grandmother: cards containing tracts.  My birthday tract this year explained to me that without god, people will see me as worthless trash. The tract, conveniently available in its entirety …

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