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CFI Feed Your Brain: Secularism & Equality

  • Nov 4, 2012 · 11:00 AM
  • CFI-LA

Secularism and Equality

There's a lot of discussion and disagreement these days about whether or not issues of equality and social justice belong in the secularist/atheist/skeptic movements. How you answer depends on how you understand "belong." It is perfectly possible to be an atheist and skeptic while not being an egalitarian, because atheism and skepticism don't entail egalitarianism as a matter of logic, according to writer Ophelia Benson.

On the other hand, atheism and secularism do make a comfortable fit with egalitarianism, and they have historically been companions. Theism is often closely connected with female subordination, so atheism is often closely connected with gender equality. It is not a matter of marching orders or mandates but a matter of compatibility.

Benson has operated the website Butterflies and Wheels for more than 10 years. Her blog of the same name is on the Freethought Blogs network.

Benson co-authored three books with Jeremy Stangroom: The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense; Why Truth Matters; and Does God Hate Women? She is also a columnist for Free Inquiry, The Freethinker, and The Philosophers' Magazine.

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The Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to "To promote and defend reason, science, and freedom of inquiry in all areas of human endeavor." CFI organizations publish Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry magazines. See for more information, or call (323) 666-9797.

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  • Gary H

    Please let's have more discussion about secularism and it's imporatance in a pluralist democratic society. - Gary

    November 4, 2012

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