Accommodationism: the facts don’t matter


I have been thinking a little the last couple of days how frustrating the whole gnu atheist/accommodationist conversation has been on the blogosphere in recent months.  As I have argued previously, I don’t have a lot of tolerance for the tolerance-monkeys we call ‘accommodationists.’  I think they are more concerned with tone and appearance in … Continue reading Accommodationism: the facts don’t matter

The atheist culture wars; applying moral foundation theory to the great schism


This morning I found myself pondering the idea of cultural relativism, tribalism, and how it relates to the various fights which have emerged in the atheist and skeptic communities.  Cultural relativism is a concept in anthropology which developed as a reaction to a kind of tribalism which is called ethnocentricism.  Just think of Bush-era conservatives with their … Continue reading The atheist culture wars; applying moral foundation theory to the great schism

The Deep Rift in Atheism: picking a tribe


Over the last few years, a deep rift has emerged in the atheist community.  If you don’t know about it, and don’t care, then I’m not going to summarize it for you.  For sake of clarity, I am talking about the rift between the FtB bloggers (because they are a hive mind, of course) and … Continue reading The Deep Rift in Atheism: picking a tribe

Naked Skepticism and the new polynormativity


One of my motivations for writing this blog is a general sense that there is an important issue which needs to be addressed by, well, all of us.  Our culture does not have a healthy view about sex and relationships.  The mainstream view is not ideal, even where aspects of non-mnogamy and kink enter into … Continue reading Naked Skepticism and the new polynormativity

PZ Myers and Michael Ruse’s mis-attribution of the fault in our wars


I have been writing, reading, and thinking about the issue of accommodationism for some time.  Type ‘accommodationism’ in the search box above for some context, as there are too many posts to link to here.  I will say that  I have tended to agree with Jerry Coyne’s views about the relationship between religion and science … Continue reading PZ Myers and Michael Ruse’s mis-attribution of the fault in our wars

Poly 101 Lessons for life: Effective Communication


The skills we need to be successfully be polyamorous are nothing more than skills to be better people all around.  For a series on what polyamory has taught me about being a better person, I want to address how they are also important in non-poly circumstances. One of the most essential things a person needs … Continue reading Poly 101 Lessons for life: Effective Communication

Atheist Communities and ‘religious’ behavior


Over the weekend I had a conversation with some friends about what the atheist community might need to do in order to create an environment that would replace that of the world of religion.  The community, social activities, and even the rituals were mentioned, and it is clear that this is no easy question.  But … Continue reading Atheist Communities and ‘religious’ behavior

Good Accommodationist cop, Bad Gnu Cop: How tribalism oversimplifies the issues


Edit: Here is a resource that may be helpful in tracing some aspects of the discussion about accommodationism, in case such a thing interests you. — I have been no friend to the so-called accommodationist camp of this discussion within the atheist community concerning our relationship with believers and our culture at large.   (Here are … Continue reading Good Accommodationist cop, Bad Gnu Cop: How tribalism oversimplifies the issues