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Date: 2012-02-15 23:21
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Subject: Cracked.com: 10 Things Christians and Atheists Can (And Must) Agree On

I don't normally link to Cracked.com because I find many of the things on there to be uninteresting. The articles are typically lists of things, in a "top 10" style. Things like "5 Creepy Ways They're Replacing Humans With Robots", "The 5 Weirdest Reasons We Have Sex (According to Science)" and "23 Painfully Honest Valentine's Day Cards" (to take three examples from the front page currently).

However, just now I saw an article that I thoroughly agree with and need to share: 10 Things Christians and Atheists Can (And Must) Agree On. I applaud the writer of this article; they've taken some thorny issues and managed to write about them in a manner that isn't, to my mind, heavily biased towards one way or the other. That's not an easy thing to do, and it makes some excellent points. I'd urge everybody to read it.

[edit: As [profile] kabarett noted in the comments on DW, the author of the article treats gender as binary and acts as if the reader is male. I hadn't noticed these on my reading of the article at first - sorry! To me it's not jarring, and I still believe the article is great to read, but if you're sensitive to these issues then you may want to bear that in mind. (Privilege, I has it.)]

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kaberett
User: [personal profile] kaberett
Date: 2012-02-15 23:48 (UTC)
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A heads-up for anyone else following the link (and no blame intended to you, Sophie, I'm just a bit sensitive to these things today): the author (a) treats gender as binary and (b) acts like the reader is male.

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Sophie
User: [personal profile] sophie
Date: 2012-02-16 00:13 (UTC)
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Thanks for the note; I've edited in a warning.

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floatboth
User: [personal profile] floatboth
Date: 2012-02-20 20:17 (UTC)
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Have you tried contacting the author? I guess they're not sexist or anything, they just never opened a stylebook and never read anything about gender.

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User: [personal profile] rho
Date: 2012-02-16 07:28 (UTC)
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I would have a lot more respect for that article if it didn't pull the "science can't explain morality!" card, which is a steaming pile of bovine faeces.

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Sophie
User: [personal profile] sophie
Date: 2012-02-16 07:50 (UTC)
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That part gave me pause, too. It was the part where I wondered if the article was actually as good as I thought it was.

In the end, I decided that overall the rest of the article made up for it, but I can certainly understand why that might not be the case for others.

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Jewelfox
User: [personal profile] jewelfox
Date: 2012-02-17 11:16 (UTC)
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I think at least half the points are awesome, and expressed well.

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floatboth
User: [personal profile] floatboth
Date: 2012-02-20 20:20 (UTC)
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So Japan is the number 1 example of an almost non-religious country? I thought it's Norway.
We Russians are pretty close too I guess… most people here identify as christian (eastern orthodox) but only 1% of them actually go to church.

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