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    Great Women Atheists

    Why is it that the great athiests today are men like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett? There seem to be no great women atheists today, or perhaps I am just missing them?

    Almost all religions are misogynist, yet women form the backbone of most religions.

    Yet women want to be priests and bishops and popes rather than atheists. Why is this?

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    There's Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She's seen (which includes being a victim of) more religiously based violence than anyone you mentioned and is an open and outspoken atheist.

    The founder of the American Atheist organization was also a woman (Madalyn O'Hair).

    Additionally, how many active bishops can you name? Very few, if any. Atheists have no assigned positions, and only a handful of well-known representatives.

    Even then, people probably don't devote their lives to lack of beliefs the same way the do to realization of beliefs.
    Does he want a pillow for his head?

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    Ariane Sherine, Ayn Rand, Barbara Smoker, Emma Goldman, Emma Thompson, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Jodie Foster, Julia Sweeney, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Margaret Downey, Polly Toynbee, Simone de Beauvoir, Susan Jacoby...

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    Betty White is my favorite female atheist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Great One View Post
    Betty White is my favorite female atheist.
    Weird that you say so, I have a poster featuring her above my bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Within View Post
    Weird that you say so, I have a poster featuring her above my bed.
    LMAO! Congrats on being the first person I've ever known to have a poster of "Betty White" over your bed. On a side note, my favorite male atheists are "Howard Stern" and "Hugh Hefner".

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Great One View Post
    Betty White is my favorite female atheist.
    Betty White is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Almost all religions are misogynist, yet women form the backbone of most religions.

    Yet women want to be priests and bishops and popes rather than atheists. Why is this?
    Perhaps so they can start to correct the misogyny.

    As for Ayn Rand, her greatness comes from her degree of influence on the world. Whether one agrees with her or not, "great" does not mean "good".
    I've been called a criminal, a terrorist, and a threat to the known universe. But everything you were told is a lie. The truth is, they've taken our freedom, our home, and our future. The time has come for all humanity to take a stand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Great One View Post
    Betty White is my favorite female atheist.
    Wait, is Betty White actually an atheist?
    Does he want a pillow for his head?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZPowers View Post
    Wait, is Betty White actually an atheist?
    Damn it, you're right. I mean, Phillis Diller.

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