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Be Heard

For those of you interested in the current feud that’s been erupting like a vitriolic volcano within the atheist/skeptic circles recently, you won’t be surprised to hear that the hatred has yet to die down and allow a new island to grow in its place. No, the people ironically brandishing …

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Why We Write

“I write because it’s really hard to yell at everyone in person.” –Me, every time someone asks why I blog. Six months ago I began writing at Teen Skepchick. Prior to that, I’d had an anonymous blog with a handful of readers, a fact I hadn’t even shared with my …

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Children and Skepticism

Recently I’ve had a lot of kids talk to me about heaven or “the spirit world”. I work with kids right now, and one little girl told me while we were reading “My daddy be in heaven”. Both an extremely sad statement, and also one that as an atheist I’m …

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Can We Reclaim The Movement?

If you’re a regular reader on the Skepchick network, you’ve likely heard about the kerfluffle over on FreethoughtBlogs involving Thunderf00t. If not, here’s a basic rundown from Greta Christina. Thunderf00t has sparked a lot of controversy with his actions, but what I found perhaps the most interesting response to his …

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A Fracturing Movement

Over at Atheist Neighbor, Devitek Pond recently put up an article about factions within the skeptical movement, and the problem of cohesiveness. He suggests that these factions are a huge problem, and that while individuals may have differing opinions, as a group we must “share the same goals and purpose”, …

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Sanctity of Human Life?

Skepticism is often about debunking myths. However there is one myth in human society that we have a nearly impossible time giving up, and one that is often considered beyond criticism. This is the sanctity of human life myth. Most people believe that to harm another human being is inherently …

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Burning Out on Activism

This summer, I nearly gave up. I threw the towel in–always carry a towel–curled up in bed, cried a lot, complained and ranted, and alternately avoided the internet and watched it with morbid curiosity. I came very close to burning out on activism. I wrote a very raw and personal …

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Being Present

This last weekend I was extremely lucky to be able to go to CONvergence, part of which is SkepchickCON. Part of this included meeting, talking to, hanging out with, and being on a panel with, some of my fellow writers here at Teen Skepchick, and even Rebecca Watson (our great …

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