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  • News and Links for Atheists: A Previously Unreleased Interview with Christopher Hitchens

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    The Atheist Geek
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    A new and previously unreleased interview with Christopher Hitchens #232 Debate – AronRa vs Bob Dutko – Where Did It All Come From – 2012 Dutko only recently found his way onto my radar. But I thought this interview with AronRa (pronounced AR-ren-rah, not Aron-rah) was interesting. Especially with regard to conversations about whether atheists believe there is no god or whether we merely withhold belief in one. I think the key issue is how you use the word believe. It can be used to describe an opinion as well as a conviction. Most atheists don’t have a strong…
  • Indiana School District Openly & Illegally Promotes Christianity

    Divided Under God
    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
     (originally published at peacock-panache.com) Peter Heck’s classroom in Eastern High SchoolPhoto: Kelly Lafferty Gerber-Kokomo Tribune The Eastern Howard School Corporation in Indiana has a major legal problem – one they’ve finally admitted to local press in a lengthy interview coming clean about their egregious violations of the law. In an interview with the Kokomo Tribune, a local Indiana paper, the district admitted it promotes Christianity over other religions – and this promotion permeates virtually every aspect of life at the school. “It’s there in…
  • Craig Hicks forces me to write my first Atheist Apologetics Blog

    ExChristian.Net -- encouraging ex-Christians
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:50 am
    By David Kirk ~ This week atheist Craig Hicks killed three Muslim students which has forced me as an atheist to write my first atheist apologetic blog.If you do not know what the term "apologetic" means or what an apologist is in cases of religion , an apologist is defined as "A person who argues in defense or justification of something, such as a doctrine, policy, or institution."Thankfully atheism is not a doctrine, policy, or institution.The End.David Kirk is a former Christian and recently launched www.atheistfortitude.com, a website dedicated to helping other former believers who are in…
  • Burdens

    ExChristian.Net -- encouraging ex-Christians
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:12 am
    By Carl S ~ A quick question I sincerely asked brought a faster response. Question: "When a person is accused of a crime, isn't the burden of proof upon the prosecutor?" Answer: "Of course, the prosecutor has that burden. The person is presumed innocent, without proof otherwise."This reply came so fast that she thought it was obvious to anyone, a no-brainer, so why did I ask? But I was making a test by asking that question of a religious believer. Silently, after doing so, I wondered what it was all about.When people of every religion attest to their unquestioned beliefs, they automatically…
  • Popularity and the Truth of a Belief

    Atheist Revolution
    Jack Vance
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:19 am
    Logic probe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In a recent post about belief, I mentioned that reality is not a popularity contest in the sense that a false belief does not somehow become less false because large numbers of people hold it. This is something with which I expect most atheists will be very familiar. If you are an atheist living in a country with a vast religious majority, the odds are good that you have been on the receiving end of this argumentum ad populum (appeal to the people) many times. "Of course Christianity is true! Just look how at how many Christians there are."The notion that…
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    Debunking Christianity

  • Your Brain Lies To You, What To Do?

    John W. Loftus
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:31 am
    The evidence is in, your brain lies to you. LINK. What's the solution? Train your brain to think better. It can be done. Be willing to question everything. Make doubt a habit. Where there is scholarly disagreement between peers then suspend judgement. Accept only sufficient objective evidence concerning matters of fact. Think exclusively in terms of the probabilities. Think like a scientist.
  • What ISIS Really Wants

    John W. Loftus
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:23 am
    An excellent essay with the above title was written by Graeme Wood for The Atlantic. In addition to it read What The Atlantic Left Out About ISIS According To Their Own Expert. Both essays are very instructive. The advice is to let ISIS slowly bleed itself to death. See what that means.
  • Jerry Coyne Reports This Was Banned by Facebook

    John W. Loftus
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:21 am
  • Sam Harris On Evidence and Logic

    John W. Loftus
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:18 am
  • Bruce Gerencser's Deconversion Story

    John W. Loftus
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    As a former Pastor, Bruce mentioned some authors that helped him deconvert (as it's called). Just today Jerry Coyne wrote about his story and stressed the value of published books, which apparently is my specialty. We're making a difference!
 
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  • Tony Perkins at CPAC: The Conservative Movement is Broad Enough to Include Atheists

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    American Atheists’ presence at CPAC may be having an impact.Tony Perkins, the President of Family Research Council and one of the most powerful Christian Right leaders out there, said during a CPAC panel this morning that the conservative movement is broad enough to include atheists.Which, admittedly, is a strange thing for him to say when the policies he supports are all about advancing Christianity…Tony Perkins (second from right)… I know the conservative movement is broad. And there are those that may choose to be non-religious and that’s fine. And the conservative…
  • Dave Silverman Explains Why American Atheists Has a Presence at CPAC

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Every time I post about American Atheists having a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), people want to know why they’re there. It’s not that atheists can’t be conservative, but are those the kind of conservatives we want ties to? (Hell, do they even want anything to do with us?) The same sort of criticism was levied at Jamila Bey, an AA board member, who spoke at CPAC the other day.To answer those questions, AA Public Relations Director Danielle Muscato interviewed AA President Dave Silverman on these topics, if for no other reason than to get his…
  • Pastor’s Wife Likes To Shout Prayers Outside, Disturbing Neighbors; Says Cops’ Intervention Violates Her Rights

    Terry Firma
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Christians say that Jesus came to bring peace – but some of his followers won’t stop disturbing it.In Lisbon, North Dakota,A pastor and his family’s faith is being tested by law enforcement who say his wife is praying too loud on city sidewalks. Martha Nagbe has already had two court dates and has paid a $150 in fines for “unnecessary noise,” KVLV-TV reports. Nagbe feels her rights are being denied, and she won’t stop praying in public.Irate citizens of Lisbon charge that Nagbe likes to go out at all hours to walk down the street and and pray at…
  • Help This Humane Society Get a $20,000 Technology Grant or the Scientologists Will Win

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    A Tampa Bay company is giving away a technology makeover worth $20,000 to a local non-profit group… and right now, a Scientology-based private school is in danger of winning. But a local humane society is also running neck and neck with it and they could really use the funding…Here’s all you have to do:Go here.Hit the big orange “VOTE” button.Vote for the Humane Society of Pinellas County (in the “16 or More” employees category)That’s it! It takes all of 10 seconds and L. Ron Hubbard‘s techniques don’t get a signal boost. The poll…
  • Judge in Robbery Case Orders Retrial After Key Witness, a Muslim, Swore Oath on a Bible

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    Last August, Michael John Davies went to Victoria Kebab House near Liverpool, where he allegedly tried to rob the place with a hammer as his weapon. (He denies it.) There’s a trial underway to determine his guilt but they’re going to have to start over with a new jury due to a snafu that occurred after store manager Kerim Kurt, a witness, began giving testimony:Recorder Patrick Thompson told the jury: “You will notice the witness isn’t in court. The difficulty that arose and I will be very straight about this, is you have heard evidence from the witness on oath, just like you…
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  • Previously Unpublished Interview with The Hitch

    Bertold Brautigan
    13 Feb 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Why Evolution Is True claims to have a 2005 interview with Christopher Hitchens that hadn't been previously released. Caveat Emptor: a.) the questions are in Italian, b.) there's three minutes of crap at the beginning.
  • Humanist Marriage "Demonic?" - Angry Christian Rails Against Humanism — This Atheist’s Polite Response Is Perfect

    Bertold Brautigan
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    British TV Show The Big Questions showed Discuss Jesus founder Taiwo Adewuyi holding forth hilariously on how "humanist marriage," legal in Scotland but not in England, is demonic. He gets his comeuppance from a very polite and articulate humanist, Andrew Copson of the British Humanist Association. Here are some details.  Discuss Jesus founder called humanism "a first-class ticket to the sea of wantonness and debauchery.”In the video embedded below, U.K. Christian and founder of the group Discuss Jesus Taiwo Adewuyi said that humanist weddings are “demonic” rituals, that secularism is…
  • Lawsuit: State trooper preached about Jesus during traffic stop (Indystar.com)

    Loren Miller
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    I am just going to get out of the way of this one ... though when I saw the headline on The Daily Kos, my immediate reaction was, Say WHAT?!?============================== Ellen Bogan expects police to protect and serve — not proselytize. But she says Indiana State Police Trooper Brian Hamilton pitched Christianity to her when he pulled her over for an alleged traffic violation in August on U.S. 27 in Union County. With the lights on his marked police car still flashing, the trooper handed Bogan a warning ticket. Then, Bogan said, Hamilton posed some personal questions. Did she have a home…
  • CBS bans ad for separation of church and state

    Ruth Anthony-Gardner
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    CBS Bans Atheist Group's Ad Advocating For Separation Of Church And State CBS has refused to air a 30-second spot featuring Ron Reagan, that asks for viewers to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Ron Reagan recorded a simple 30-second ad for the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). In it, the liberal political analyst and son of the former President says he is "an unabashed atheist," and "alarmed by the intrusion of religion into our secular government." Reagan asks viewers "to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation's largest and most effective association of…
  • Anti-Islam ads coming to NYC buses, subways (CBS News)

    Loren Miller
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    NEW YORK -- Anti-Islamic ads will begin appearing on a hundred New York City buses and at two subway entrances next week. The six ads include an image of American journalist James Foley, just before he was beheaded, standing next to his masked executioner. The ads are paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative run by anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller. She says the campaign tells truths about Islam and jihad that the U.S. government and mainstream media ignore. "Our organization has created this campaign in order to educate people about Jihad," Geller told 1010 WINS. "I don't think the…
 
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  • News And Links For Atheists: “The Secret Knowledge is just ignorance by another name.”

    The Atheist Geek
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Secret Knowledge is just ignorance by another name Meaning that body of information not everyone has, that body known only to those few people who had the good sense to go off the beaten path and seek it. It is information you’ll never see in your “newspapers” or “network news” or any other place overly concerned with verifiable “facts” and reliable “sources.” It will not come to you through a university “study,” peer-reviewed “article,” renowned “expert,” government “agency” or any other…
  • News and Links for Atheists: A Previously Unreleased Interview with Christopher Hitchens

    The Atheist Geek
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    A new and previously unreleased interview with Christopher Hitchens #232 Debate – AronRa vs Bob Dutko – Where Did It All Come From – 2012 Dutko only recently found his way onto my radar. But I thought this interview with AronRa (pronounced AR-ren-rah, not Aron-rah) was interesting. Especially with regard to conversations about whether atheists believe there is no god or whether we merely withhold belief in one. I think the key issue is how you use the word believe. It can be used to describe an opinion as well as a conviction. Most atheists don’t have a strong…
  • News and Links for Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: PBS Newshour Asks, “Did Jehovah’s Witnesses Cover Up Child Sex Abuse?”

    The Atheist Geek
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:43 am
    PBS NewsHour full episode Feb. 17, 2015 The link above will take you to the full episode, but the part about Jehovah’s Witnesses can be seen below. It is called “Did Jehovah’s Witnesses Cover Up Child Sex Abuse?” I think most of us are pretty sure the answer is yes. Especially since it’s hard to be an active member of the ex-Witness community without knowing at least few exxers who had similar experiences. Jehovah’s Witness Report gives a short summary of related information here. Cedars of Jehovah’s Witness Survey fame gives a summary of the episode…
  • TONIGHT on February 16th: PBS Newshour to air Trey Bundy’s Jehovah Witness child sex abuse investigation

    The Atheist Geek
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    It’s true; PBS Newshour will be talking about Jehovah’s Witnesses and child sex abuse allegations this very evening. The title was taken from a link to this article, which is rather lengthy but goes into detail about the legal issues the Watchtower Society has been having with increasing numbers of pedophile cases. Go to the PBS News Hour website and register your local PBS station to get it streamed to your computer. On a related note, another article, titled Jehovah’s Witnesses use 1st Amendment to hide child sex abuse claims, talks about some of the Society’s more…
  • News and Links for Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Apostasy

    The Atheist Geek
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:28 am
    Apostasy This one sounds interesting. From the film makers: Our feature film Apostasy needs your help. We are in a tight competition with eight talented teams to win the funding we need to make this film. To succeed, we need to prove that this story MUST be told – that we have an audience who not only wants to see it, but believes it must be seen by others. This film deals with the pain that is caused by Jehovah’s Witnesses who shun loved ones – simply because they dare to live their lives differently. Our director, Dan, was raised as a JW until he left at 21. From his…
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    Daylight Atheism

  • Atlas Shrugged: Sixteen Tons

    Adam Lee
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter X The tramp on Dagny’s train reveals how the mysterious meme “Who is John Galt?” came into being, and why he fears he might have been the one who started it: “Well, there was something that happened at that plant where I worked for twenty years. It was when the [Read More...]
  • Book Review: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

    Adam Lee
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Summary: Morbid, irreverent and funny, but a subtle and compassionate humanism runs throughout. Caitlin Doughty is a mortician, the creator of a popular YouTube series answering questions about the funeral industry, and the founder of the Order of the Good Death, a “death acceptance” organization dedicated to helping people reconcile with mortality. Her book Smoke [Read More...]
  • What’s Behind the Appeal of ISIS?

    Adam Lee
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Amidst the steady drumbeat of grim headlines in the Middle East, the trend I’ve been most concerned by is the strange drawing power of ISIS, also known as Islamic State or Daesh, the brutal extremist group rampaging through Iraq and Syria, capturing cities and committing horrendous acts of violence. ISIS seems to exert an almost [Read More...]
  • Weekend Coffee: February 22

    Adam Lee
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:37 am
    • Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and science writer, has terminal cancer. Here, he writes a beautiful, elegiac, deeply humanist essay about confronting the prospect of death and what he intends to do with the time he has left. • This can’t end well: In response to the increasing threat of ISIS, which is drawing Muslim [Read More...]
  • Atlas Shrugged: Hobo Sign

    Adam Lee
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter X Dagny is in a desperate race against time to reach Quentin Daniels, the physicist whose brain might save the world, if only she can persuade him to resume his work before it’s too late. So, naturally, she takes a transcontinental train that will take several days to get her [Read More...]
 
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  • Silence and the Stage

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:51 am
    By Ronna Russell ~ Preacher Dad decided he needed to be around more. My mom had been a good mother in our early childhood but it was time for him to take over. Her usefulness as a parent had been served and she could step aside, he told her. Thanks, honey. Mom wept a lot. So he took a job as the vice-president of Jackson College of Ministries in Jackson, MS. This small church college was owned and operated by the local UPC pastor, Brother Thomas Craft. If you have ever seen the movie The Apostle with Robert Duval, that’s the man. If Mr. Duval did not study Brother Craft with a microscope in…
  • Craig Hicks forces me to write my first Atheist Apologetics Blog

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:50 am
    By David Kirk ~ This week atheist Craig Hicks killed three Muslim students which has forced me as an atheist to write my first atheist apologetic blog.If you do not know what the term "apologetic" means or what an apologist is in cases of religion , an apologist is defined as "A person who argues in defense or justification of something, such as a doctrine, policy, or institution."Thankfully atheism is not a doctrine, policy, or institution.The End.David Kirk is a former Christian and recently launched www.atheistfortitude.com, a website dedicated to helping other former believers who are in…
  • Activist Publishes Book of Hate Mail from Bible Believing Christians, Bible Believers Respond By—You Guessed It

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:41 am
    By Valerie Tarico ~ When devout fundamentalist Christians find their evangelism thwarted, all hell can break loose—along with some surprisingly nasty language. Bonnie Weinstein is married to Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), which brings a special set of challenges to their relationship. The mission of MRFF is “to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First…
  • Burdens

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:12 am
    By Carl S ~ A quick question I sincerely asked brought a faster response. Question: "When a person is accused of a crime, isn't the burden of proof upon the prosecutor?" Answer: "Of course, the prosecutor has that burden. The person is presumed innocent, without proof otherwise."This reply came so fast that she thought it was obvious to anyone, a no-brainer, so why did I ask? But I was making a test by asking that question of a religious believer. Silently, after doing so, I wondered what it was all about.When people of every religion attest to their unquestioned beliefs, they automatically…
  • Joy Unspeakable, Part 6: Jesus Freak in Neverland

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:10 am
    By undercover agnostic ~ My added zeal for the Lord, prompted by rapture-mania, manifested itself in peculiar ways, especially at the High School, a.k.a. my “harvest field” where I was commanded to fulfill the great commission. So, what do you call a kid who wears “Jesus” paraphernalia to school, attends a weekly Bible study during lunch, stuffs gospel tracts in lockers and coat pockets, owns no secular albums, and has a Gideon New Testament peeking out of her backpack? Take your pick: weirdo, nerd, fruitcake, Jesus Freak-- that was me. I was the clumsy misfit whom the jocks and…
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    Atheist Revolution

  • Mere Atheism is Sufficient For Some

    Jack Vance
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:56 am
    By D. Wiberg at en.wikipediaFollowing the murders of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill, NC, and the arrest of a suspect who appears to be an atheist, Neil Carter (Godless in Dixie) wrote a post in which he made a couple of interesting points which are sure to be controversial in some circles. First, Neil suggests that religious ideology should not be blamed for murders committed by religious zealots. Second, he says that atheists should "have an ongoing discussion about prejudice and bigotry within our ranks..." and should be part of groups that reinforce humanist values.I think these points…
  • Popularity and the Truth of a Belief

    Jack Vance
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:19 am
    Logic probe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In a recent post about belief, I mentioned that reality is not a popularity contest in the sense that a false belief does not somehow become less false because large numbers of people hold it. This is something with which I expect most atheists will be very familiar. If you are an atheist living in a country with a vast religious majority, the odds are good that you have been on the receiving end of this argumentum ad populum (appeal to the people) many times. "Of course Christianity is true! Just look how at how many Christians there are."The notion that…
  • We Lost a Couple of Good Atheist Blogs

    Jack Vance
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    Atheist blogs come and go. Many emerge on the scene, generate great buzz in their promise to offer something different, and then disappear before we know what happened. Some stick around for quite awhile, lasting several years and building a considerable audience before winding down. Of course, this is not surprising. Priorities change, life happens, and people burn out.As the 10 year anniversary of Atheist Revolution approached, I couldn't help noticing that we lost a couple of good blogs this month: The A-UnicornistDead LogicThis caught my attention because I had been reading both of these…
  • 10 Years of Atheist Revolution

    Jack Vance
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:23 am
    By Mireia Garcia Bermejo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Today is the 10 year anniversary of Atheist Revolution! I started Atheist Revolution on February 20, 2005, and it is almost impossible to wrap my head around the fact that I've been at it for 10 years now. I certainly did not expect it to last anywhere near that long when I started.As I sit here trying to write this post, I am struck by the realization that I have absolutely no idea how to summarize the last 10 years. I'm not even convinced that I want to try to do so. Perhaps this is because I've been in a bit of…
  • Mob Justice Should Make Atheists Nervous

    Jack Vance
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:25 am
    By Henry de Groux (http://expositions.bnf.fr/zola/grand/z264.htm) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsEvery individual has a right to express his or her opinion. I would assume that we can all agree with this statement. It seems rather uncontroversial, doesn't it? We can recognize one's right to express an opinion without having to like the opinion he or she expresses. In fact, most of us probably recognize that the point of having a right to free expression is to protect the expression of unpopular ideas.Those of us who are atheists living in thoroughly religious cultures generally seem to…
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    Divided Under God

  • Indiana School District Openly & Illegally Promotes Christianity

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
     (originally published at peacock-panache.com) Peter Heck’s classroom in Eastern High SchoolPhoto: Kelly Lafferty Gerber-Kokomo Tribune The Eastern Howard School Corporation in Indiana has a major legal problem – one they’ve finally admitted to local press in a lengthy interview coming clean about their egregious violations of the law. In an interview with the Kokomo Tribune, a local Indiana paper, the district admitted it promotes Christianity over other religions – and this promotion permeates virtually every aspect of life at the school. “It’s there in…
  • AFA Creates ‘Bigotry Map’ Showing Atheist Groups. Atheists Say Thank You.

    Kevin Davis
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Click to go to AFA’s site On Tuesday, the American Family Association, known for its right-wing stances on abortion, LGBT rights, and non-Christians, published a map of the US focused on calling out over 200 organizations they deem to be showing a deep intolerance for Christians through each group’s actions.  It was ironically titled the “Bigotry Map.”  The accompanying press release accused these groups of endorsing “efforts to silence Christians and to remove all public displays of Christian heritage and faith in America.”  The AFA went so far as to…
  • Sally Kern Puts Her Christianity-Masked Hate on Display in Oklahoma

    Kevin Davis
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    Sally Kern, the Republican state representative from Oklahoma who’s known for stating that homosexuals are more of a threat to the US than terrorists, has shown us her “Christain love” yet again.  She’s filed three anti-gay bills in her state legislature: House Bill 1597:  Allows businesses to refuse service to individuals based on sexual orientation.  Fuck civil rights. House Bill 1598:  Allows parents to send their kids to “conversion therapy” without interference from the state.  Despite the fact that psychologists have shown that therapy cannot…
  • Local FD Under Fire for Christian Sign Outside Station

    Kevin Davis
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    The City of Utica, NY Fire Department has been under scrutiny this past week after complaints have been made regarding a sign posted outside their Fire Station #4, for the second year in a row.  The sign reads, “Happy Birthday Jesus, We Love You,” and is considered by many to be a violation of the separation of church and state we are endowed with in the US.  Utica residents, religious and nonreligious alike, have asked for help from local and national organizations in addressing this situation.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to the fire chief, Russell…
  • This Is What Happens When You Only Visit Right Wing Sites

    Kevin Davis
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    When you get your “news” from right-wing websites like CNS News, you tend to have a misinformed view of reality.  CNS News stands for Cybercast News Service and claims all over its website to be impartial, despite the former name it was founded as — Conservative News Service. Case in point, I came across this tweet from Tom Cosner (@GeoCals), a self-proclaimed “Child of God,” according to his Twitter profile.  In it, he links to a CNS article claiming FFRF’s complaint against a nativity scene on government property backfired.  Actually, they were…
 
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    Deity Shmeity

  • Infinite Regression & You

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Mathematically, .9 repeating is equal to 1. Here's the proof: two-thirds (.6 repeating) plus one-third (.3 repeating) is equal to 1 (.9 repeating) You can think of the 1 as an infinite whole and the .9 repeating as an infinite regress of 9s, yet they are equivalent.You, in your body, exist in this moment. When did you exist before now? The moment before. These moments regress back to when you were conceived. Before that moments regressed back to the Big Bang. Moments, as I'm using it, is shorthand for any length of time you'd like--seconds, minutes, days, whatever.Before the Big Bang is gets…
  • A Darwin Day Exchange

    18 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    Darwin Day was last week, or as religious apologists call it "question evolution day." In that spirit, I posed a question to those not sold on the theory.What aspect(s) of evolution do you have a problem with?Is it that you don't believe in heritability?Is it that you don't believe natural selection is a sufficient mechanism to propagate beneficial genes and weed out harmful or useless genes?Is it that you don't believe in genetic mutation?There was one apologist who answered saying that they didn't believe in heritability--he actually didn't believe that traits were based down from parent to…
  • On Labels & Sports

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:06 pm
    On LabelsTheists and atheists are primed to dislike each other. It’s a function of the labels. Whenever people create an in-group/out-group dynamic we progressively identify more with the in-group and consider the out-group the enemy. It seems to be human nature--whether you think that nature is due to the fall of man or selective pressure.I am an atheist, I’m not denying that, but I’m tired of it opening the door of generalization. I probably don’t possess whichever negative qualities someone draws from whichever other atheist they happen to dislike the most. I’m an individual. So…
  • Faith-Fueled Mental Illness Stigma

    3 Feb 2015 | 8:04 pm
    It seems like every few months there is a news item about a guy who takes up arms and kills as many people as he is able before being put down. Sometimes there are targets in mind, others the deaths are quite random. It’s sad news, but I doubt anyone who reads this is unaware.Whenever the killers have a religious background, especially when it factors into the killer’s motivations, many atheists are sure to place part of the blame on the religion itself. I do too, but less directly than most.The killers are mentally ill. We can argue that they aren’t all mentally ill, but it can’t be…
  • Asymmetrical Skepticism

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Christians are skeptical.Christians, and theists in general, are skeptical of life arising from non-life and the universe originating from quantum fluctuations they’ve never observed. They don’t feel inclined to believe that consciousness as deep and self-aware as ours can arise through random mutations that are built upon guided by selective pressure.Don’t make fun of them for this.They are right to be skeptical of these things. These are counter intuitive concepts with evidence that can’t be assessed directly by laymen and requires a large commitment to gain any competence.Make fun…
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  • ISIS Fighter Learns Calculus During Near Death Experience

    Andrew Hall
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:19 am
    A similar rifle to the one that injured the jihadist.MOSUL, IRAQ Mohammad Omar, foot soldier of ISIS, was pronounced dead at a local medical facility only to regain consciousness minutes later with an in depth knowledge of calculus. Very serious about gooddental care.Mr Omar entered the emergency room after suffering from a series of self inflicted gun shot wounds. Witnesses at the shooting report that they had never seen anyone mishandle an AK-47 in such a matter. While many present stated that they could have done more to prevent the shooting, they were simply gobsmacked to see someone…
  • God Rebrands Himself As Neil Patrick Harris

    Andrew Hall
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Yahweh, commonly known to the multitudes as God, has announced that He is rebranding Himself as Neil Patrick Harris. This radical change is on the heels of the increasing awareness that God's former brand reflected an ideal that simply doesn't fit into the 21st century.Rafael Kannard, the archangel who spearheads Yahweh's marketing team, stated that there were too many negative connotations associated with the old brand. "Our percentage in the Winning Hearts and Minds metric has been steadily decreasing in the upscale demographic. What we have been seeing is a surge with the psychologically…
  • Mississippi Lawmaker Demands The Alphabet Be Abolished In Order To Raise Literacy Scores

    Andrew Hall
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Mississippi's state flag.Jackson, Mississippi  Republican State Representative Arnold Stupeo has proposed a bill that would ban the teaching of the alphabet in public schools. House Bill  71 (HB 71), commonly known as Big Bird's Bill, has passed out of committee and ready for the full House to vote on.   HB 71 is in response to the sad fact that more that 28% of third graders in the state are expected to fail the required reading test and will not proceed to the fourth grade. "The ingenious part of my bill is that we alter the state exam so that abolishing…
  • Chapel Hill Shootings

    Andrew Hall
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:36 am
    The shooting of three Muslims near North Carolina University at Chapel Hill by Craig Stephen Hicks a "militant atheist" (The Telegraph's term, not mine) has been in the news for a day or so at this point. The specifics of the incident are appalling. Were the three young adults shot due to an altercation regarding a parking space or due to some deep seated hatred by Mr Hicks against Islam? Perhaps it was a combination of the two?I posted this on the Facebook page of LiP, and thought I'd share it here.I don't think I say this enough - although this is the message in a lot of the posts here in…
  • God, And The Real Reason Why Boston Is Getting All That Snow

    Andrew Hall
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    A Boston man reflects on shoveling more snow.Boston, MA New England's regional hub is reeling from a record snowfall this winter, and the Almighty is quick to claim credit for it. "I just want to make it clear that I am not cursing Boston in the same way the ancient Egyptians got it. You haven't noticed any frogs pouring out of the sky, have you? No. What I am doing is taking the piss out of Boston," Yahweh, Lord and Prime Mover explained.Anonymous sources inside the celestial kingdom have been whispering that the God's team had not in fact The mouthpiece of God.won the big game on…
 
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  • Whole-Body Cryotherapy vs. Traditional Methods

    Neno December
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    The use of cryotherapy (e.g. ice bath, ice packs, etc) is an established effective method when treating acute soft tissue injuries. Athletes use it and even doctors recommend applying ice for certain ailments. Research from the past five decades suggests the application of cold therapy relaxes muscles, reduces inflammation, increases pain threshold, increases blood flow, and the list goes on (see here, here, here).One particular form of cryotherapy, Whole-Body Cryochamber (WBC), has been gaining much traction in spas and acceptance within the sports world. Essentially, it is a big…
  • Ben Carson's No Rules In War

    Neno December
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    Dr. Ben Carson has been making headlines lately for saying United States needs to make sure its soldiers on the battlefield are not prosecuted for breaking the law."Our military needs to know that they're not going to be prosecuted when they come back because somebody has said you did something that was politically incorrect...There is no such thing as a politically correct war. We need to grow up. We need to mature.If you're gonna have rules for war, you should just have a rule that says no war. Other than that, we have to win. Our life depends on it."What exactly is Carson alluding to here?
  • Parallel vs. Convergent Evolution

    Neno December
    6 Feb 2015 | 2:51 pm
    These two concepts have been giving me a headache lately, but that is primarily because one of my professor's distinction was contradictory with what I knew. After some research and discussions with other biologists, I thought some of my current and future biology-oriented readers may find the information I have gained useful. You are welcome ;) If you do a quick Google search, there is much conflicting information concerning what constitutes parallel and convergent evolution. This was a bit surprising. For example, Britannica defines parallel evolution as:the evolution of geographically…
  • Awake! (January 2015)

    Neno December
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    I finally picked up my first issue of Awake!, a monthly issued magazine handed out by Jehovah's Witnesses. In the current edition (January 2015), they try to make the case against biological evolution. As expected, the issue is riddled with misconceptions, half-truths, and even outright lies. Surprise, surprise. They start the section by asking:Besides the false dichotomy, they are implying that biological evolution is inconsistent with the notion of a creator. It certainly is true that evolution is inconsistent with a particular interpretation of the creation myth found in the Bible…
  • ICR and The "Big Bang"

    Neno December
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    When I am in need of comedic relief, I often frequent the Institute for Creation Research website. To me, it is like the Onion--a satire organization. Sometimes it is difficult to think otherwise. How can anyone in their right mind actually write such nonsense and believe in it? The amount of willful ignorance that is presented by the contributors is quite baffling. In an article posted a few weeks ago, a response to the discredited evidence touted as evidence for inflation (exponential expansion after the "Big Bang"), Brian Thomas wrote:"Headlines identified their astronomical observations…
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  • On Being An Atheist Blogger Today

    Godless Mom
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:17 am
    Avijit Roy I’m pretty small potatoes. I have an amazing group of readers who are incredibly supportive, but compared to say, Hemant Mehta or PZ Meyers, I’m pretty small potatoes. Despite the fact that I am pretty small potatoes, I have had death threats. They are few and far between, and I really don’t get the sense that any of them, thus far, have been serious, but I have had them. I don’t have any delusions of grandeur or self-involved paranoia. I don’t think anyone out there is plotting to kill me. And yet, I can’t help but feel a little uneasy. When I…
  • Jesus Has A Boyfriend!

    Godless Mom
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:56 am
    I think the last person on Earth any of us would have expected to find coveting thy neighbour’s backdoor is Jesus. I mean, his followers spew hatred for the gays on the daily. They vote against same-sex marriage, they protest with hatey signs at Pride, they refuse to provide the floral arrangements for gay weddings and they even refuse to treat the newborn children of same-sex couples. I, mean really, who could have guessed Jesus was a pillow biter? Well, Preston Sprinkle over at Patheos has been led to wonder that very thing. Preston’s Sprinkles Mr. Sprinkle posted a piece…
  • Atheist Life Hacks: If You Can’t Explain It, It Must Be Ghosts, Goblins or The Chupacabra!

    Godless Mom
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:27 am
    Fuck yeah, Eddie! When I was 15, while I traveled the world with my jetsetting parents, I saved enough money to buy a “boom box” as I called it. I lugged it all over Asia and the South Pacific, and at one point it got lost in the piles of airport luggage in Brisbane, detoured to Papua New Guinea before it met back up with me in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. It was my first ever CD player and my first ever CD I played on it was Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. That year, I was living far away from my home on the wet coast of Canada, in Perth, Australia. I clung…
  • The Ultimate Punishment Part 4: A Humane Way To Kill

    Godless Mom
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    This is part 4 in a series attempting to debunk the arguments for the death penalty. Read the other parts here. In January, 2014, in Ohio, Dennis McGuire gasped, his stomach heaved violently and his fists clenched through 25 minutes of a botched execution. In horror, an audience and a team of executioners watched a human being suffer before finally succumbing to the lethal cocktail of drugs. In April, 2014, in Oklahoma, a new combination of drugs, shrouded in secrecy and untested, were to be used on two death row inmates. The first of the 3 drugs was meant to knock the offender unconscious so…
  • I Need Your Help

    Godless Mom
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    I’m sure some of you have noticed that recently my web site has been performing poorly. It’s slow, it lags and sometimes it returns an error and won’t even let you in. I’ve been in contact with my hosting provider on multiple occasions and have had them pretty much just tell me that I need to have a dedicated server for my site, which costs $80/month paid at least 12 months in advance. Unfortunately, Godless Mom does not make me near enough to justify that sort of cost. My site is run on WordPress. I have 1 third party theme installed, which I have modified…
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