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The first focus of inquiry centers on being. Being is the key that unlocks the kingdom. Who or what am I? Apart from body, mind, belief, occupation, gender, role, memory, or history, what am I? Exactly what is “I”?

Remove all that the I is not. Strip the I of all the masks it wears. What’s left? Something? Nothing? What’s aware of that?

In your direct experience, is some-thing aware, or is no-thing aware? Is someone aware or is no one aware?

—  Adyashanti

“The attacks in Paris are an inhuman and grotesque assault on the foundations of our global civilization. Too often, a hateful few have used their loathing of these humanist values as justification for unthinkable violence. From the campaign of murder with impunity against secular writers and activists on the streets of Bangladesh, to the now multiple mass-slaughters in Paris that shock the conscience of the planet, it is our fundamental conceptions of society itself that have been targeted, hacked away at with each chop of a machete, with each spray of gunfire, with each detonation of a suicide bomb. Innocent human lives become disposable props in a ghastly exhibition of an archaic, backward, and tyrannical ideology. It is a madness that must end. There is no ideology, no creed, no theological argument that is sufficient to justify these acts of terror.”

– Center for Inquiry

If the country club had said, ‘I’m not having Dawkins speak because he’s a Jew, or because he’s black, or because he’s gay,’ they would never get away with it.
—  Richard Dawkins in the Daily Mail on being banned from speaking about atheism due to being an atheist. (For once the Mail has reported correctly on something!)
Happy International Blasphemy Rights Day!

International Blasphemy Rights Day was founded by the Center for Inquiry on 30 September 2009, to coincide with the publishing date of the Muhammed sketches in Jyllandsposten.

Its purpose is to encourage the world to remove the unfair and inexplicable rules (and some places laws) that disallow criticism of religion.

If we could replace religion with this mentality, then the world would become beautiful, less pain, less hardships, a world where we care about every human being no matter what. If only…

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I attended a discussion on the subject of morality hosted by The Center for Inquiry last week. There was a woman sitting in front of me who wouldn’t stop talking, and I had to actually ask them to stop. How frustrating. The talk was nice, though. No firebrand grandstanding, no snide digs, just discussion. I tried to draw them while taking notes. Project Left Hand continues. Judge me with kindness.

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Feminism and Atheism go hand in hand. Issues of women’s oppression, gender equality, and the gender binary are all heavily influenced by the sexism present in the majority of the world’s religions. Why then, is there still an attitude of sexism towards women in the secular movement? All instances of women being the weaker sex and not having the mind for science or math and other such prejudices come from the male-dominant culture set up and perpetrated by most religions. We atheists pride ourselves on free and critical thinking. We are smart, we are, as some put it, enlightened. There is no reason women cannot be as smart and as enlightened as men can.

I was inspired to begin this tumblr on feminism, atheism, and the intersection of the two, by the second annual Women in Secularism conference hosted by the Center for Inquiry. So many fantastic speakers reiterated the idea that feminism and atheism not only cross over in many aspects, but require each other in order to fully attain their goal. The feminist movement needs more secularism for it is many religions that enforce oppression of women. The atheist movement needs more feminism for it is woefully short on women both quiet and outspoken, and woefully high on men who think they know best for this movement and who terrorize their female compatriots on the internet.

You cannot truly call yourself atheist - without a god - unless you give up sexist attitudes towards women, which originate from religious texts such as the Judeo-Christian Bible.

“A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness.But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve.And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.”
– 1 Timothy 2:11-15

Yeah thanks Tim, but I do what I want.

Feminist.
Atheist.
FeminAtheist.

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Rebecca Watson: The Religious Right vs. Every Woman on Earth - I finally had a chance to watch this whole talk, which is really, really good. 

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A Center for Inquiry Campaign.  "Living Without Religion"

a nice little vid.