The reason I emphasize Murray is that the reaction to her in the 1960s—from within the secular community as well as outside it—was not only a reaction to her sex, but to her failure to fit any socially acceptable definition of femininity. She didn’t look like Gloria Steinem, whose appearance had a lot to do with making feminism acceptable to young women. (…)
When I told a man who is a well-known figure in the secular movement that I was receiving this award, he said, “the Gaylor women have done a lot for this movement by showing that a female atheist doesn’t have to look and sound like a shrill bitch.” He considered this a compliment.
What I wrote in the comments about a more pressing matter:
Bad faith? (No pun intended) but you seem to be misinterpreting D’Souza’s statement about Muslim beliefs being under attack.
I’m no big fan of his, but just because he points out that “Muslims think their cherished beliefs are under attack,” that doesn’t mean he too cherishes those beliefs.
If I point out that the Nazis were complaining about the Treaty of Versailles and making noises about needing more “living room,” I’m making an observation, not saying I agree with their positions.
D’Souza (and every other conservative I know) are constantly condemning those Muslim practices you mentioned and also condemned. (And we get called racists etc for doing so.)
It’s something we all agree on. (Duh, I know…)
So Why not focus on what we agree on?
Why not work together, atheist and believer, and do what we can to prevent any more honor killings, female circumcision etc rather than hold yet another masturbatory, self-indulgent (on both sides) debate about atheism vs belief.
We can go back to hating each other later 🙂