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'How can you be moral?': Here are 9 questions you don't need to ask an atheist

Asked of Hispanic-Americans: “Are you in this country legally?” Asked of gays and lesbians and bisexuals: “How do you have sex?” Asked of transgender people: “Have you had the surgery?” Asked of African Americans: “Can I touch your hair?”

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7 things people who are 'fiscally conservative but socially liberal' don't understand

"Well, I’m conservative, but I’m not one of those racist, homophobic, dripping-with-hate Tea Party bigots! I’m pro-choice! I’m pro-same-sex-marriage! I’m not a racist! I just want lower taxes, and smaller government, and less government regulation of business. I’m fiscally conservative, and socially liberal.”

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Here Are the 10 Scariest States to Be An Atheist

Let's be clear. It's not like it's easy to be an atheist anywhere in the U.S. Atheists are the most distrusted and disliked of all minority groups -- more than blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Muslims, immigrants, and gays and lesbians -- and polls show that Americans are less likely to vote for an atheist than they are for a person in any other minority or marginalized category. And this hostility can have serious consequences, in the form of harassment, bullying, ostracism, vandalism, alienation from family, loss of jobs, and more.

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8 Great Reasons to Take Some Pleasure in Activism

There's a nasty strain of dourness in leftist politics. All too often, we run into the idea that activism is only valuable if it's solemn, focused entirely on the harsh realities of the present or the grim possibilities of the future. This attitude was encapsulated perfectly in a Washington Post column by Petula Dvorak, opposing the pink pussyhats in the Women's March after inauguration day. "This is serious stuff," Dvorak said. She argued that the Women's March was about serious issues of suffering and danger, so the imagery shouldn't be playful or fun. "The Women’s March needs grit," she said, "not gimmicks." (Note: Many trans women and women of color found the pussyhats exclusionary, and there are good arguments against them. Dvorak's column isn't one of them.) Dvorak's attitude is common. And it needs to be loaded into a cannon and shot into the sun. Pleasure, fun and joy are enormously valuable in activism. Pleasure isn't a requirement for everyone, of course: different people pursue activism in different ways, and that's a good thing. But of the many tools in our collective toolbox, pleasure is one of the most powerful. Here are eight reasons why.

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7 of the Less-Noted But Still Very Sexist Attacks on Hillary Clinton

It's entirely reasonable to criticize Hillary Clinton. She's running for president of the United States, after all. If she's elected, she's going to be representing all U.S. citizens: we should tell her what we want from her, and speak out when she lets us down.

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10 Pop Culture Characters Who Stayed Friends or Lovers With Their Rapists

"Well, sure, he raped her. But it's not a big deal. Rape, shmape. All friendships and relationships have their ups and downs. They can still be friends, or get married. Heck, maybe the rape could be the start of a beautiful love story."

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12 Things Not to Say to Grieving Nonbelievers

When you talk with people who are grieving, you want to make them feel better. At the very least, you don't want to make them feel worse. This isn't always true (as you'll find out in some of these stories). But in general, in the face of grief, the point of comfort and consolation is to relieve some small part of the grieving person's pain. And I'll assume that the last thing you want to do is add to that pain.

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8 Awesome Atheist Leaders Who Aren't Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris

If you've read anything about the blossoming atheist movement, there's a good chance it was about Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris. And if you're a reasonably progressive person who cares about sexism and racism, and you've read about Dawkins or Harris, there's an excellent chance that the top of your head came off.

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7 Things People Who Say They're 'Fiscally Conservative But Socially Liberal' Don't Understand

"Well, I'm conservative, but I'm not one of those racist, homophobic, dripping-with-hate Tea Party bigots! I'm pro-choice! I'm pro-same-sex-marriage! I'm not a racist! I just want lower taxes, and smaller government, and less government regulation of business. I'm fiscally conservative, and socially liberal."

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6 Unlikely Developments That Could Convince This Atheist to Believe in God

If I'm such an open-minded atheist -- if I really am an atheist because I think the God hypothesis is unsupported by the evidence -- what evidence for God would I accept? What would it take to change my mind?

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