Colleges should stick to academics and stop their infantilizing supervision of students’ dating lives, an authoritarian intrusion that borders on violation of civil liberties. Real crimes should be reported to the police, not to haphazard and ill-trained campus grievance committees.
It is no secret that liberals are often happy to point out the moral and intellectual failures of Christianity while remaining suspiciously silent on the moral and intellectual failures of Islam.
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Thus, there are genuine reasons for some people who are not racists, cultural supremacists, or anything of the sort, to criticize Islam, or certain forms and manifestations of Islam, or to express hostility towards it. These relate to disapproval of various doctrines, canons of conduct, associated cultural practices, and so on, to the power wielded by Islamic leaders and organisational structures, and increasingly to the ambitions and actions of Islamists such as ISIS.
Prior to 1954, “under god” was not part of the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance. The Christian right would prefer that you were unaware of this.
That seems like a reasonable policy. Employees using social media accounts identifying themselves as representatives of an organization can reasonably be assumed to represent the organization. It is tough to imagine that the Center for Inquiry, or any other freethought organization, would want one of their employees publicly calling for bans against speakers with whom they would like to work using social media accounts that identify them as high-level employees of the organization. It would seem that someone who continued to do this after being reprimanded might be in danger of losing his or her position.
Here’s the sad reality: there’s a toxic atmosphere in what passes for the atheist “community” that makes any reference, however brief, however off-the-cuff, to issues relating to sex/gender the subject of intense scrutiny and often the most uncharitable interpretation possible.
A brief public service announcement alerting women who use Twitter to a new danger.