The Reading List, 12/6/2015

I share a lot of links on Twitter and Facebook that I don’t blog about because I don’t have much to add. The reading list is a periodic feature where I share those links with my blog audience too. Of course, you’re still welcome to follow me on Twitter.

  • Christianist Republicans Systematically Incited Colorado Clinic Assault“–“Elected Republicans in the states have sought to intimidate women and providers by demanding the release (and even publication) of identifying information and addresses—essentially a target list for perpetrators. They know exactly what they are doing.”
  • When Feminism Is a Brand“–“However, I do not want us to forget that we have seen this behavior before, in environments that have nothing to do with the sex industry, or even with sex at all. Remember Hugo Schwyzer? Or Hart Noecker? Or Kyle Payne?”
  • Vandal of Louisville abortion clinic released from jail, returns to clinic“–“Anne of EMW told IL that despite her attempts to get information from LMPD about Haste’s release and why he is allowed near the clinic, she has been kept in the dark. Additionally, she claims that either an officer or prosecutor who was in court with Haste on Monday asked her for details about the case, indicating that he did not know she had surveillance video of both incidents, which were not collected by the LMPD until Tuesday of this week.”
  • Fiorina: It’s ‘Left-Wing’ To Link Planned Parenthood Attack To Videos“–“‘This is so typical of the left to immediately begin demonizing a messenger because they don’t agree with the message,’ Fiorina said.”
  • “Now is the time to reiterate how important abortion care is to women’s health and well-being – not just cancer screenings, not just contraception. Abortion. A procedure that saves lives, that offers freedom, bodily integrity, and equality.” Read more.
  • “I worked at a #PlannedParenthood clinic in Kansas for 3 years. My coworkers & I were subjected to the following acts of terrorism:” Read more.
  • Sorry, conservatives, but there is nothing surprising about anti-choice terrorism“–“Ever since the Paris attacks, we’ve been hearing from the right how there is no excuse for religious fundamentalists using violence to terrorize people for the making life choices the fundamentalists don’t approve of. I do wish they would take their own advice on this front.”
  • Why It Matters That Both Civilian Victims of the Planned Parenthood Shooting were People of Colour“–“Mass shootings are heartbreaking, but perhaps most upsetting about Friday’s shooting is how it focuses attention specifically on those who are most affected by anti-abortionists’ enduring war on reproductive rights.”
  • How Talking to Undergraduates Changed My Mind“–“Duke students living in a constant state of fear? Was this an exaggeration or a frightening new reality for many? Listening to them speak up one after another, I sadly came to realize it was the latter.”
  • Before Shooting, Cruz Touted Endorsement From Activist Who Called For Execution Of Abortion Doctors“–“In September, Australian officials revoked a visa for Newman over concerns that his presence and rhetoric could ‘lead to threats or the commission of acts of violence against women or medical professionals.’ Newman traveled to Australia anyway but was denied entry into the country and deported.”
  • Dear Conference Organizers: A No-Fooling-Around Note About Diversity“–“Generally speaking, I’m an easy speaker to work with: again, my honorarium is low, my travel requirements are pretty minimal, and I try to be as flexible as possible. But this is an extremely high priority for me. In my opinion, this issue — making our communities more welcoming and more supportive of a wider variety of people than are currently participating — is the most important issue currently facing organized atheism in the United States.”
  • On the Front Lines“–“We’re in Minnesota, the protesters are more annoying than scary.  But it doesn’t have to be a regular, it only needs to be one person.  Can I really do this?”
  • James Deen Was Never a Feminist Idol“–(CN: details of rape accusation) “It’s not that James Deen appeals to women—in the face of extreme erotic scarcity, women molded Deen into someone who appealed to them. For many of them, Deen was little more than just a conduit for expressing their sexuality, or a key to an online erotic world that had previously been closed.”
  • More than Words: Humanists Should Stand for Secular Social Justice“–“While I am very excited to be a part of this event, I’m also a bit puzzled at how many people have questioned the necessity of holding this convention. It’s both frustrating and amusing that, for some, addressing specific social injustices is even remotely controversial, and yet those same naysayers attend any other atheist meeting without hesitation.”
  • Christian Terrorist Robert Dear and the Army of God “–“The Army of God manual is a terrorist manual, and the Army of God is a terrorist organization—and these are people Robert Dear apparently admired and emulated. And the Army of God is no passive group, simply advising terrorist acts.”
  • Updated for 2015: Dana’s Super-Gargantuan Guide to Science Books Suitable for Gift-Giving“–“No list? No problem! I’ve got you covered with a super-awesome, super-gargantuan guide to many books suitable for secular gifting.”
  • Post-Convention Insecurities“–“But I spend conventions trying to be ‘on.’ Trying to be friendly and entertaining and hopefully sound like I know what the heck I’m talking about. Basically, trying to be clever. And I trust most of you are familiar with the failure state of clever?”
  • Hours before San Bernardino shooting, doctors urged Congress to lift funding ban on gun violence research“–“Signed by more than 2,000 physicians around the country, it pleads with lawmakers to lift a restriction that for nearly two decades has essentially blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from conducting research on gun violence.”
  • It’s On Us, Too: An Easy Guide To Contacting Your Elected Representatives About Gun Control“–“PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE. Take a little bit of time out of your day today and call or email your representatives. Not doing so — staying silent and privately grieving — isn’t enough anymore.
The Reading List, 12/6/2015