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And xkcd has already commented on this topic:

https://xkcd.com/774/
Arguments between theists and atheists make me think they're both missing the point. People have belief systems. If yours doesn't make you hurt anyone, it's fine by me, and it's even better if yours helps you do good things. ...
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Difference is I don't think they're equally annoying. I think the dogmatic ones are equally insistent that they're correct and the rest of us are wrong, but that's their right, of course.

I am developing a theory that the people who are most sensitive to charges of smugness are people who are very smug.
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"Out of the Closet" Billboard -- Freedom From Religion Foundation

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It's very possible for an ill-conceived graphic to distract from one's marketing efforts.  The American Atheist billboard created a few years ago that quoted Colossians 3-22 and included a drawing of an enslaved black man is an example of this.

And the idea that a picture could derail one's marketing efforts point seems to be Rebecca's point.
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Your ability to wade through hyperbole is exceptional.
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Will, you may want to check out this article from Ars Technica about Anita Sarkeesian and others who have commented on sexism in gaming culture:

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/08/the-death-of-the-gamers-and-the-women-who-killed-them/

Atheist/freethinker blogger PZ Myers mentioned this article in a cautionary tale for the atheist/freethinker/skeptic communities who are also dealing with sexism.  Myers wrote:

"You’d think gamers would be more concerned about the rejection of Ars Technica than the approval of 4chan and reddit, but somehow, I don’t think they will be."
http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2014/08/29/a-cautionary-tale/

There are plenty of misogynistic jerks out there who claim that folks like Sarkeesian are lying.  Apparently, any fool can post a video on YouTube and claim someone is a liar and a bad person.

However, Ars Technica said the following about Sarkeesian's work:

"Sarkeesian's videos, which are extremely well-researched and insightful, always draw a measure of harassment and abuse from the stereotypical gamers, who are typically vitriolic toward issues of diversity. This time, the video reached all the way to the likes of Joss Whedon and Tim Schafer. The amplified message earned Sarkeesian an avalanche of threats, including rape, death, and harm to her family. Sarkeesian ultimately left her home and reported the threats to the police. "I’m safe. Authorities have been notified. Staying with friends tonight," she wrote on Twitter early Wednesday.

Enough outlets have, by now, highlighted the profound irony that one woman who dared point out some of the misogyny in video games was so deluged by misogynistic threats over how there is no misogyny in video games that she was driven into hiding."

I won't call you a misogynist jerk but I can say that you're parroting the opinions of other misogynist jerks on the internet.
The tl;dr: Everyone should be treated with respect, but the social justice community has a Munchausen syndrome problem, so we should always question their claims, especially when those claims add to their fame and their bank ...
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As I said at the beginning of this and as I've said many times, I believe we should respect everyone. That includes Sarkeesian and Quinn. And of course there are misogynists out there, just as there are racists; simple people like to understand the world in terms of social identities.

As a thinker, Sarkeesian reminds me of Fredric Wertham. Her ultimate flaw is a shallow understanding of the relationship of people and stories. Similarly, Myers' identitarianism has put me off for some time, but since you provided the link, I read it. He's right that identitarianism is as divisive in the gaming community as it is in the atheist community. That's its purpose.
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Does anyone find it inconsistent that Jonas Kyratzes is complaining about the free speech implications of metaphorically showing one the exit door while turning off the ability to comment on his blog?
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Honestly, I don't. Having comments on my blog is a matter of technology and presentation, not of public discourse. (Would you even have noticed if I'd just used static HTML pages from the beginning?) It does demonstrate that discussion on the internet can be shut down relatively easily - all our spaces of debate are essentially just optional features - but there is a huge difference between how I'd like to present information on my website and the problems arising from who owns the media. In other words, this is a structural matter, not a personal or cultural matter. It's not about adding a comment box to every page or the internet, or having a built-in chat room on every site, but about how private ownership of the means of communication affects free speech.

My site's purpose is to present texts written by me, much like a book; unlike Twitter or Facebook, it is not intended to be a place of public debate. If anything, removing the commenting function makes that clearer. (Though that's not why I disabled it. I disabled it for the reasons stated in the previous blog post.)
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From a Venn diagram perspective, isn't agnosticism (not knowing if gods exist) a subset of atheism (a lack of belief in gods)?
Arguments between theists and atheists make me think they're both missing the point. People have belief systems. If yours doesn't make you hurt anyone, it's fine by me, and it's even better if yours helps you do good things. ...
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As with many things, it depends how you define "god", "knowledge", and "belief".

I self-identify as a theist because I worship something that I have chosen to call "God", among other names. The Germanic (including English) usage of this term descends through the Germanic language family from a Proto-Indo-European concept of "one for whom invocations are made" or "one for whom libations are poured" (*ǵʰuto), so it's sufficiently generic for my purposes and does not positively assert any attributes or qualities.

However, I also self-identify as agnostic because I do not claim to know that a being exists which matches any particular conception of Godhead or which would identify itself as "God", as ineffability and unknowability are aspects of the God I worship.

In short: As a self-identified agnostic theist, I would dispute this categorization.
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Some time-saving tips for internet discussions
There are many catchphrases and slang words that one hears on the internet and in the wider use outside the internet.  Some of these slang words are creative and lead to improved communication.  These words listed below are used by many to marginalize the c...
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Note - this is the text for a short talk that I gave on 31 August 2014 as part of a worship service for All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana .  The podcast audio recording for this can be found here (my portion starts at the 9:10...
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A Response to "Public Education and Intelligent Design" (Part 1)
On 30 April 2014, Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. Dan Harper mentioned a paper by philosopher Thomas Nagel on his blog -- " A possible case for teaching intelligent design " is the title of the blog post and the Nagel's paper is  " Public Education and...
On 30 April 2014, Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. Dan Harper mentioned a paper by philosopher Thomas Nagel on his blog -- "A possible case for teaching intelligent design" is the title of the blog post and the Nagel's pa...
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I have my doubts about small government libertarian conservative politics if we want to grow atheism and free-thought in the United States. Recently, the questions surrounding atheism and conservative politics came up in connection to American Atheists Pre...
I have my doubts about small government libertarian conservative politics if we want to grow atheism and free-thought in the United States. Recently, the questions surrounding atheism and conservative politics came up in conn...
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