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1 day ago @ Atheist Revolution - Satanists Suggest Chri... · 0 replies · +1 points

Yes, that's a good point about the "no true Christian" fallacy. I'd imagine that the Satanists have had more than enough of being accused of child abuse when we see story after story about Christians abusing children.

2 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Democratic Presidentia... · 0 replies · +2 points

If Trump doesn't do it (i.e., open our eyes), I hate to think of what it would take!

2 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Has Atheist Blogging P... · 0 replies · +1 points

It seems to me that social media has largely replaced blogging. I see several atheist bloggers who rarely post on their blogs anymore but who are very active on Facebook.

3 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Has Atheist Blogging P... · 0 replies · +4 points

Makes sense. Focusing on current events will always be needed, and you'll never run out of material!

4 days ago @ Bitch Spot - Racist Trolls are Real... · 1 reply · +1 points

You referred to them as "children," and I've often wondered what percentage of them really are children. If the Internet was around when I was 14-16, I could easily imagine myself trolling in some manner. When I think that a significant number of trolls could in fact be kids, I find it hard to get overly outraged about them. Kids do dumb stuff, after all.

4 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Roy Moore and the Cour... · 1 reply · +1 points

I don't know what percentage turn out to actually be rapists, but it is clear that some men proudly use this as a tactic to get close to women and get them to lower their guard. I've known men who boasted of this and insisted that it wasn't any different than lying about their job or whatever else they were inclined to lie about to impress women. Of course, I've known more men who seemed sincere in their attempts at feminism so I'm inclined to think that there might be more of them out there.

4 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Roy Moore and the Cour... · 0 replies · +1 points

The Cultural Revolution does seem to show where this stuff can lead if those who want to do it are sufficiently empowered. Scary stuff. I suppose moral panics often are. I'm increasingly finding it useful to think of at least some of the Internet outrage as a form of moral panic. I really hope it will peter out sooner than later.

4 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Roy Moore and the Cour... · 0 replies · +1 points

Yes, and it sounds like there has been at least one additional allegation that sounds even worse than the original ones reported by the Washington Post. I suspect that consent was given in some cases because this sort of thing is not nearly as odd within some sects of evangelical fundamentalist Christianity in the South as it should be.

4 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Democratic Presidentia... · 1 reply · +3 points

I share your hope that they'll adopt a progressive message and get behind some progressive candidates. At the same time, I suspect that many are going to have the same concern they did in 2016: as the party moves to the left, are they going to be even less appealing to the centrists and independents they will likely need to win elections? Even though I found much to like about Sanders' message, I recognize that it probably didn't have a wide enough appeal. That doesn't mean a future version of it couldn't, but I suspect some changes would be necessary. There's always a danger in doing what one thinks might have worked in past elections since future elections are always going to be different. In any case, I don't think the Dems have an easy task ahead of them.

4 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Democratic Presidentia... · 0 replies · +3 points

Some of the names being floated would probably count as relatively new faces, but you bring up a good point about the various litmus tests and whether anyone will be able to get past them all.