Date-mining software needs lots of tuning to create good matches, so the services track everything would-be lovebirds do.Their romantic-data trails become grist for matchmaking improvements.It’s translated as “holy,” or “the holy one,” but it also connotes the act of setting apart or elevating one thing above all other things of a type.Marriage is holy because each partner says, “You are the one person I choose out of all the people in the world.” If only you could Google your way to The One.But much of the time, they actually ask us to lie outright. They ask us to attend church or other religious services.They sometimes even ask us to perform important religious rituals, like funerals or confirmations, where we’re not just lying to the people around us, but to the god they supposedly believe in. When I was doing research for my new guidebook, “ Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why,” I was shocked at how often this happens.In a complaint sent to administrators at Mount Holyoke College, Chenkin accused the student journalist of aiding in the “harassment, humiliation, cyberbullying” and “libel” of Segal.Chenkin provided a list of demands that included a request that Dillon be prohibited from writing or publishing for or any Mount Holyoke-affiliated student publication.
In some cases, they simply want us to keep our mouths shut: when the topic of religion comes up, they want us to tell the lie of omission.
We denied her request for an interview and did not consent to be filmed, to be quoted, or to have images of us published and shared on the internet — we learned yesterday that the journalist took it upon herself to secretly record video of us and post it on the internet accompanied by harassing and humiliating comments.
The journalist’s name is Kassy Dillon and she is a Mount Holyoke sophomore.
I read over 400 “coming out atheist” stories to write this book, and in the stories I read, this theme came up again and again and again. When kids and teenagers tell their parents that they’re atheists, parents often respond by insisting that their kids keep up a religious charade.
Alexander came out as atheist to his family in fourth grade, and was met with hostility and confusion — and quickly went back into the closet.