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You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Humans have always ascribed random, seasonal, natural or inexplicable actions to human shaped entities.
Hex, explaining the theory of “Implied Creation” in Hogfather, by Terry Pratchett
By tigtog on February 12, 2014
Secular is one of those words that theocratic propagandists have shifted the Overton Window on, to make it seem like secular is the opposite of pluralist when in fact it is only a secular stance that makes pluralism possible. Post-secular? Hm.
By Orlando on January 25, 2014
The second in my set of Three Wise H’s. Poor, tragic Heloise was one of the great minds of the twelfth century. Eventually Abbess of the Oratory of the Paraclete, she was not a nun by vocation, but through the medieval systems of sexual repression and ultra-strict gender role enforcement, along with a good sized dollop of bad luck.
By Orlando on December 21, 2013
Saint Lucy’s Day is celebrated throughout Scandinavia, particularly in Sweden, and is a very special marker in the lead-up to Christmas. It is traditionally celebrated by the young girls of the town walking in procession wearing white dresses with red sashes and carrying lighted candles. The eldest wears a crown of candles to represent the saint herself.
By Mindy on July 18, 2013
Does setting out to dress modestly for nine months give you any special insights into someone else’s culture?
By tigtog on November 15, 2012
She was miscarrying at 17 weeks gestation, there was no way to save the dying foetus, but it still had a heartbeat, so the Catholic doctors refused to terminate the pregnancy, allowing septicaemia to develop and eventually kill her.
By tigtog on November 9, 2012
For people to sit back and say it’s not going on, they’ve got their head in the sand. The greatest frustration is that there is so much power and organisation behind the scenes that police don’t have the powers to be able to go in and seize documents and have them disclose things to us.
By tigtog on October 12, 2012
I missed posting this yesterday, but I want to raise my bloggy hand to join the call for protecting the right of girls around the world to education. I want to honour Malala Yousufzai and her two schoolmates who were also shot while trying to shield her from assassins.
By Mindy on September 16, 2012
Who decides what 1000 words are told by a picture?
By tigtog on September 14, 2012
According to the angriest keyboard pounders in the Twitterverse, Catherine Deveny rudely interrupted & talked loudly over the top of everybody else on Q&A on Monday night, and was especially disrespectful to the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen. What a frightfully boorish display that would be if it were true.
By tigtog on August 30, 2012
Greta Christina’s latest post sums up the last few months pretty well.
By tigtog on July 6, 2012
All over the news in Australia today: the Girl Guides of Australia have removed references to God and the Queen from their pledge.
Somewhat in the news in the USA last week: a new activist network for Secular Women was announced.
By tigtog on June 21, 2012
Happy June Solstice all! Merry Yule/Litha to those who celebrate the circling of the seasons. This week’s whimsy features Jeremy Deller’s inflatable sculpture Sacrilege. Please share any bits and pieces you have come across recently that have surprised, delighted, intrigued or otherwise positively engaged you.
By Mindy on June 20, 2012
There is at least one awesome school chaplain out there.
By Mindy on March 30, 2012
Emmy Noether – the greatest mathematician you have probably never heard of.