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devilthrones:

A Facebook friend of mine had the perfect thing to say about this creep:
This is why, despite being a nonbeliever and a scientifically minded person, I hesitate to identify as a member of the skeptic/atheist community- it is dominated by pompous white men who find doing things like categorizing rape into different “levels” of badness, and playing logical fallacy “gotcha” games with anyone hurt by this, to be a diverting intellectual exercise. In truth, they may act like this is nothing more than a fun little project, but this is to hide how much emotional validation and sexual enjoyment they derive from this game. Their intent is to do harm, and to assert power by the further gaslighting and violation of boundaries of those who protest. The more you ask them to stop, the more excited they get, and the more they will try to pull you into a “debate” and harm you further. This is not done in the spirit of true inquiry and debate; it is abuse disguised in the sterile wrapping of “discourse.”  

Why does this man insist on addressing these topics. He went 70+ years focusing on one or two things he’s great at (biology/science and ridiculing the religious)? If you don’t make gender/sex/liberation part of your life’s work for seven fucking decades, don’t start freestyling now—there’s virtually no chance you get it.

devilthrones:

A Facebook friend of mine had the perfect thing to say about this creep:

This is why, despite being a nonbeliever and a scientifically minded person, I hesitate to identify as a member of the skeptic/atheist community- it is dominated by pompous white men who find doing things like categorizing rape into different “levels” of badness, and playing logical fallacy “gotcha” games with anyone hurt by this, to be a diverting intellectual exercise. In truth, they may act like this is nothing more than a fun little project, but this is to hide how much emotional validation and sexual enjoyment they derive from this game. Their intent is to do harm, and to assert power by the further gaslighting and violation of boundaries of those who protest. The more you ask them to stop, the more excited they get, and the more they will try to pull you into a “debate” and harm you further. This is not done in the spirit of true inquiry and debate; it is abuse disguised in the sterile wrapping of “discourse.”  

Why does this man insist on addressing these topics. He went 70+ years focusing on one or two things he’s great at (biology/science and ridiculing the religious)? If you don’t make gender/sex/liberation part of your life’s work for seven fucking decades, don’t start freestyling now—there’s virtually no chance you get it.

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privileged-person:

sci-universe:

maswartz:

I honestly think people forget that the church and state are supposed to be separate. Give me one non-religious reason against same sex marriage. One non-religious reason against stem cell research. One non-religious reason against safe abortions. Go ahead.

sci-universe:

Absolutely. No one should suffer because of the delusions some people have. It’s elementary.

heeeeeey this is ableist

being delusional / having delusions is an actual real experience that people have and not some metaphor for you to explain bigotry

This last bit is a joke, right? You’re not seriously suggesting that anyone who has a delusion is disabled, right? And even if you do, you wouldn’t honestly try to use that claim to challenge the statement that “no one should suffer because of the delusions of others” as ableist or false in any way, right? I’ll assume you’re only kidding, but it’s hard to tell on Tumblr, where somebody would definitely say something that daft.

Video Demonstrates Legitimacy of Hamas Tunnels

This (unverified) video apparently showing militants from Hamas’s armed wing carrying out a cross-border raid, upholds the legitimacy of tunnels dug from Gaza into Israel. Practically nobody in the outside world questions Israel’s unilateral control of the wall and checkpoints enveloping Gaza, nor its dominance of the Gazan coastline. Hamas’s meager attempts to render the border bilaterally controlled come in the form of tunnels through which supplies (including commercial goods and weapons) come in and, on occasion, fighters go out (and return).

Despite accusations by Israel that the tunnels are for terrorism such as kidnapping Jewish kindergarteners, so far the tunnels are only known to have been used for legitimate military operations in defense of Gaza, such as the one portrayed in this video, where Al-Qassam (Hamas) militants attack an Israeli outpost. It isn’t clear that the Al-Qassam fighters strictly obey the laws of warfare when they apparently have an IDF soldier on the ground and continue attacking him, though this pales in comparison to the regular murder of unarmed Palestinian noncombatants by Israeli personnel. Also consider that Israel has a record of collectively punishing Gazan civilians in response to Hamas fighters taking prisoners, which obviously discourages fighters from leaving members of the Israeli invasion forces alive.

WARNING: This video shows and glorifies acts of violence.

This is an awesome commentary by Miri Mogilevsky of brutereason blowing apart several tropes and myths spreading about polyamory and polyamorous people (sometimes even by them). This isn’t about defending the lifestyle so much as shattering the notion that it’s some narrow behavioral dictate or monolithic practice.

I’m actually having trouble finding a pullquote that stands out it’s all so good. So I’ll list the myths shattered.

  1. Polyamorous people don’t feel jealousy.
  2. Bisexual people try polyamory because it’s not fulfilling to only date a person of one gender.
  3. Polyamory involves multiple serious, committed, capital-R Relationships.
  4. People choose polyamory so that they can get something from one partner that they can’t get from another.

With a bonus debunking of the suggestion that monogamy is hard-wired in humans. Check it out!