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  • Sam Harris on "Why Don't I Criticize Israel?"

    Debunking Christianity
    John W. Loftus
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    LINK. I wonder how many Christians will agree with what he says?
  • A Quiverfull Mother Rejected Her Faith, Got a Divorce, and Wrote All About It in a Book That’s Free on Kindle Today

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    Hemant Mehta
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Kaleesha Williams used to be fully invested in the quiverfull movement. A mother of seven children, she home-schooled her kids, taught them Young Earth Creationism — you get the idea.Two years ago, she left the faith, divorced her husband, and began a new life as a Humanist.How on earth did that happen?You can read about her journey in a new book called Free to Be: How I Went From Unhappily Married Conservative Bible Believer to Happily Divorced Atheistic Humanist in One Year and Several Complicated Steps. Today only, that book is free on Kindle:Check out the book. And if you miss out…
  • Not Just the Adults – Secular Kids’ IQs also Higher

    Atheist News Discussions - Atheist Nexus
    Joe
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Not one major news outlet has brought attention to the fact that peer-reviewed studies have been ongoing and consistently show the IQs of Atheist to be higher than those of Christians. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/27/1317179/-Not-Just-the-Adults-Secular-Kids-IQs-also-Higher#
  • Richard Dawkins’ Commendable Step on Sexism

    Daylight Atheism
    Adam Lee
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Well, this is most welcome news: [W]e have to be able to manage disagreement ethically, like reasonable adults, as opposed to brawling like enraged children who need a nap. It should go without saying, but this means no death threats, rape threats, attacks on people’s appearance, age, race, sex, size, haircut; no photoshopping people into [Read More...]
  • This Church Service In Tennessee Includes Everything But God

    Atheist News Discussions - Atheist Nexus
    Joe
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    There is, however, one rather fundamental missing ingredient that sets this congregation apart from the hundreds of others turning out to worship this Sunday morning in Nashville: this is a church without God. http://www.businessinsider.com/tennessee-church-service-leaves-out-god-2014-7
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    Debunking Christianity

  • I'm Very Pleased My Call To End the Philosophy of Religion Made The Richard Dawkins Foundation Site

    John W. Loftus
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:35 pm
    LINK. In a similar vein Matt DeStefano, a Ph.D. student, weighs in on this issue over at the "Secular Outpost" with a fair and balanced review, which I responded to. And Keith Parsons offered a major statement in agreement with me, saying "If proclaiming the 'death of PoR' only means the death of a certain way of doing it, then I would certainly applaud this...I think that we have had enough of theistic apologetics. It's over." But then he advocates "a post-Christian POR." LINK. However, the death of Christian apologetics posing as the POR means the death of the POR itself as a discipline.
  • More On Ending the Philosophy of Religion Discipline in Secular Universities

    John W. Loftus
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Not all secular philosophers try to disabuse their students of faith. So if I can get more of them to do more of that, without losing their jobs in the process, they would do their students a service and be more in line with the rest of the disciplines in a secular university, where God explanations are not allowed to solve problems. I agree we should try to understand religion, most emphatically. This isn't an either/or proposal. The questions up for debate are whether religion should be approached philosophically and whether or not other disciplines in the university would be better…
  • How A Doctorate in Bible or Christianity Can Stop Scholastic Objectivity

    Harry H. McCall
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    So you decided to go for the big one  . . . that earned doctorate in Christian studies; you know the one that is suppose to prove to the world you really know the real objective truth behind the Christian tradition.  You strongly believe that that a doctorate demands respect in the religion field, especially in Christianity.  Though you know that many churches have signs stating that the minister is Rev. Dr. Egghead, your earned PhD will vindicate you as a master of objective truth.  Read more »
  • Dr. Jaco Gericke Now Agrees With Me. Who's Next? Dr. Keith Parsons?

    John W. Loftus
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Previously I challenged Jaco Gericke to reconsider my call to end the Philosophy of Religion [POR] discipline in secular universities, based on Dr. Peter Boghossian's call to revolutionize our academic institutions and by using the same method Dr. Hector Avalos pioneered with regard to ending biblical studies, seen in his excellent book, The End of Biblical Studies.Well, I am happy to report that Gericke now agrees with me.Read more »
  • Sam Harris on "Why Don't I Criticize Israel?"

    John W. Loftus
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    LINK. I wonder how many Christians will agree with what he says?
 
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  • Appeals Court Rejects American Atheists’ Lawsuit Against Giant Cross Display in 9/11 Museum

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    More than a year ago, U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts tossed out American Atheists’ lawsuit against the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and its display of a 17-foot-tall steel beam cross.If you need some background, AA had sued because they felt the museum was supposed to honor the victims of the tragedy — and we all know atheists, non-Christians, and Christians died in the tragedy.When steel beams fell that day, a couple of them criss-crossed, as you might expect, and some Christians took that to mean a sign from God. (Why God didn’t intervene earlier that…
  • A Quiverfull Mother Rejected Her Faith, Got a Divorce, and Wrote All About It in a Book That’s Free on Kindle Today

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Kaleesha Williams used to be fully invested in the quiverfull movement. A mother of seven children, she home-schooled her kids, taught them Young Earth Creationism — you get the idea.Two years ago, she left the faith, divorced her husband, and began a new life as a Humanist.How on earth did that happen?You can read about her journey in a new book called Free to Be: How I Went From Unhappily Married Conservative Bible Believer to Happily Divorced Atheistic Humanist in One Year and Several Complicated Steps. Today only, that book is free on Kindle:Check out the book. And if you miss out…
  • British Politician Claims That We Can Find Answers in Astrology

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a guest post written by Andy Wasley. Andy is a freelance writer based in London.…“There is no logic in attacking something that has a proven track record,” said David Tredinnick this week. Tredinnick (below) is a fairly low-ranking Conservative member of the British Parliament, and a member of Parliament’s Health and Science & Technology Committees. You’d be forgiven for assuming he might have been talking about stem cell research, nanotechnology, or micro-satellite constellations. He was talking about constellations, yes, but in a very different way.Speaking in…
  • Sam Harris Offers His Take on the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Sam Harris offers his take on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in a way that is sure to upset everyone who has an opinion on it:I don’t think Israel should exist as a Jewish state. I think it is obscene, irrational and unjustifiable to have a state organized around a religion. So I don’t celebrate the idea that there’s a Jewish homeland in the Middle East. I certainly don’t support any Jewish claims to real estate based on the Bible.Though I just said that I don’t think Israel should exist as a Jewish state, the justification for such a state is rather easy to find. We need look no…
  • A Washington State County Council Plans to Add “In God We Trust” Display in Chambers

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Pierce County Council in Washington state discussed a proposal today to add the phrase “In God We Trust” to its chambers. Of the seven-member council, only two have the courage to speak out against the idea:Council members Connie Ladenburg and Rick Talbert, both Tacoma Democrats, said they oppose the proposal.“I just think it kind of opens up the door for possible controversy,” Ladenburg said.“I think it also is kind of limiting in regards to a Christian god,” she said. “If we’re going to do something, we need to be more inclusive than exclusive in recognizing…
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  • This Church Service In Tennessee Includes Everything But God

    Joe
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    There is, however, one rather fundamental missing ingredient that sets this congregation apart from the hundreds of others turning out to worship this Sunday morning in Nashville: this is a church without God. http://www.businessinsider.com/tennessee-church-service-leaves-out-god-2014-7
  • Not Just the Adults – Secular Kids’ IQs also Higher

    Joe
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Not one major news outlet has brought attention to the fact that peer-reviewed studies have been ongoing and consistently show the IQs of Atheist to be higher than those of Christians. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/27/1317179/-Not-Just-the-Adults-Secular-Kids-IQs-also-Higher#
  • GOP candidate claims fossil record proves humans lived with dinosaurs

    Joe
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Frey, a Michele Bachmann ally, testified before the Minnesota Senate Education Committee, speaking against the inclusion of the theory of evolution in proposed state science education standards. http://production.aws.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2014/07/gop-candidate-claims-fossil-record-proves-humans-lived-with-dinosaurs/
  • N. TX Atheist group makes appeal to Hispanic non-believers

    Joe
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    The group behind the billboard, the DFW Coalition of Reason, has targeted Christians and African Americans in the past, but it’s especially making an appeal to Hispanic non-believers now. http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/26108405/n-tx-atheist-group-targeting-hispanic-non-believers
  • Warren city Atheist sues to set up alternative to prayer station at city hall

    Joe
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    A Warren atheist filed a federal lawsuit today saying his free speech rights were violated when Warren Mayor Jim Fouts turned down his request to place what he called a “reason station” inside city hall, where a prayer station has existed for years. http://www.freep.com/article/20140723/NEWS04/307230137/Warren-atheist-prayer-reason
 
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    Atheist Geek News

  • Michigan Skeptics Association: Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe in the Theory of Evolution?

    The Atheist Geek
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    My article about Jehovah’s Witnesses and evolution, entitled Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe in the Theory of Evolution? just went up. Please read it or I will cry.
  • News And Links For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Jehovah’s Trumpet And More!

    The Atheist Geek
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Shunning Makes Us Joyful This one is from Jehovah’s Trumpet, a site that spoofs the Watchtower. Jehovah’s Trumpet is to the Watchtower magazine what The Colbert Report is to Bill O’Reilly’s The Factor. The best part is the comments. Note that lots of people didn’t get the joke. If you were one of them, now you know! Bear in mind that this is the same website that features stories like Conjoined Twin Shuns Brother and Family Repudiates Thursdays. Note to fellow skeptics and atheists: Remember to use critical thinking skills where applicable! Evolution: A Satanic…
  • Review: “Penny Dreadful”

    The Atheist Geek
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    On the surface, the first season of Penny Dreadful, by Showtime, is about a group of monster hunters trying to save Mina – the girl from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I think it’s a TV show that most will either love or hate. The critics seem to like it overall, but I know some viewers who have had trouble adapting to how it tells its story. This is understandable. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or leave it during the first few episodes. Then I figured out what Penny Dreadful was really about and how much I was missing. Even some of its fans have missed the real…
  • Review: “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

    The Atheist Geek
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    X-Men: Days of Future Past is the sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand (which was sort of decent, but not great), and X-Men: First Class (which was shockingly good), and even The Wolverine (couldn’t bring myself to see it). That’s right. This movie is the unholy offspring of a cinematic three-way. And it’s legal to show in theaters. Who could resist that? I had to go see it. It’s the law. No wonder the reviews for X-Men: Days of Future Past were so high! Rotten Tomatoes gave DOFP a 92% freshness rating, while Metacritic gave it a 74% metascore. Geek blogs were raving about…
  • News And Links For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Video And Interview By Max Elfelt

    The Atheist Geek
    9 May 2014 | 11:43 am
    VIDEO: Video & Interview – Jehovah’s Witnesses: An in depth look Watchtower’s First Step Toward “Tithing”? More on this can be found at this link as well. NGO calls on Ministry to probe closed religious groups; Jehovah’s Witnesses under scrutiny The UUT – the Support group for the Victims of Religions – has asked the Ministry of Justice to study ways in which to intervene in the activities of closed religious communities.  The group released a report Saturday on the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which UUT claims uses its own internal judicial system with a board…
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    Daylight Atheism

  • Richard Dawkins’ Commendable Step on Sexism

    Adam Lee
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Well, this is most welcome news: [W]e have to be able to manage disagreement ethically, like reasonable adults, as opposed to brawling like enraged children who need a nap. It should go without saying, but this means no death threats, rape threats, attacks on people’s appearance, age, race, sex, size, haircut; no photoshopping people into [Read More...]
  • Photo Sunday: Reykjavik

    Adam Lee
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    My wife and I spent the last week on vacation in Iceland, which is like a liberal’s dream: an peaceful, egalitarian society with no standing army, very low inequality and scarcely any crime, consistently ranked as one of the best countries in the world for women and LGBT people, with a Scandinavian-style social welfare system [Read More...]
  • Weekend Coffee: July 26

    Adam Lee
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:02 pm
    I got back from Iceland yesterday and I’m still catching up on news that happened while I was away. Here are a few of the stories from my backlog: • More to come on this, but for now I’ll just mention it briefly: a very welcome joint statement by Richard Dawkins and Ophelia Benson denouncing [Read More...]
  • Repost: The Box Office Shrugs at Atlas Shrugged

    Adam Lee
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    [Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This post was originally from March 2013.] Way back in 2011, I wrote about the hilarious box-office trainwreck (see what I did there?) that was Atlas Shrugged: Part I. Inexplicably, Ayn Rand’s dense, multi-hour soliloquies in defense of capitalism failed to [Read More...]
  • Repost: Making Non-White Atheists Feel Welcome

    Adam Lee
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    [Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This post was originally from November 2010.] I was reading this outstanding essay by Alom Shaha, an atheist and ex-Muslim of Bangladeshi descent, who describes what it’s like to come out as a nonbeliever in a tightly-knit, intensely religious community. But [Read More...]
 
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  • Ten Commandments That Would Have Changed the World

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    By Valerie Tarico ~ The American Bible Society funds an annual “State of the Bible” survey, and this spring the Christian Post cheered some of their findings: “The Bible continues to dominate both mind space and book retail space as America's undisputed best-seller.” According to the study, conducted by Barna, over 88 percent of American homes contain a Bible. In fact, the average is 4.7 copies per household.Now, I should note that a young non-religious friend once came home from school with a bright green Gideon’s New Testament that she later touted as a reserve of fine rolling…
  • How God's Light Blinded Me

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    By Mason Torrey ~ After 32 years of being a dedicated Christian, Mason Torrey stumbles across difficult logic and faces the hardest decision of his life. "When you look head on into a light source, you become blind to everything around you."This book documents the first 32 years of Torrey's life as a dedicated Christian. Unwavering in his faith, nothing could take away his faith in God. Throughout the years, he faces challenges, heartbreak, fear, guilt and determination, none of which could rock his solid foundation in the Truth - God's Word. One day in December 2013, it all changed.Torrey…
  • Thomas Jefferson, the First Amendment, and Why We Can't Stop Fighting About Religous Freedom

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    By Valerie Tarico ~ In 1878, the Supreme Court of the United States wrestled with a religious freedom case focused on Mormons and polygamy. In the written decision, Chief Justice Morrison Waite explained the court’s attempt to discern the intent of the First Amendment. He turned to someone who had been in the room when the Amendment was written—Thomas Jefferson:Mr. Jefferson afterwards, in reply to an address to him by a committee of the Danbury Baptist Association (8 id. 113), took occasion to say: "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God;…
  • Why Catholics Are Going Straight To Hell

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    By Jo Parker ~ When I was young, my mother hammered into me her belief that Catholics were not real Christians. I was not allowed to play with children from non-Christian families. I lived in a protected bubble. I was rarely exposed to anything that would cause questions to arise concerning differing belief systems.A Catholic family with five children lived two doors down, and I was not allowed to go to their house.I attempted to explain to my mother that they were like us. They had a cross on their wall. The girl, who was two years older than me, had told me she was a Christian. I was age 4…
  • Dear Christian, You May Think You Understand Me, But You Don’t

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    By Tim Wolf ~ After a long period of growing doubts about my Christian faith, I realized a few years ago that I had become a non-believer. Yes, I’m an atheist. Since that realization, I’ve begun the process of coming out, first mostly online, but more recently to most of my friends and family. I often point out that my deconversion process began back in the late 1990’s when I decided to read the entire Bible and study all of those chapters in the Old Testament that I knew very little about. And so during that time I began taking some graduate level Bible and Theology courses and I read…
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    Atheist Revolution

  • Join Statement from Benson and Dawkins

    Jack Vance
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    © Copyright Dave Spicer and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons LicenceA few days ago, Ophelia Benson and Richard Dawkins released a joint statement suggesting that while disagreement is inevitable in the atheist/humanist/skeptic/secular communities, we need to be able to disagree without being horrible to one another in the process.Disagreement is inevitable, but bullying and harassment are not. If we want secularism and atheism to gain respect, we have to be able to disagree with each other without trying to destroy each other.Yes, and it isn't only about wanting atheism and…
  • Gender and How We Evaluate YouTube Videos

    Jack Vance
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Jaclyn GlennWhen a man makes a YouTube video, it seems like the audience tends to focus more on his content and how he expresses himself than they do on his appearance. Yes, I recognize that this is a generalization and that there are certainly exceptions. If the man were to do something as unforgivable as wearing a fedora in his video, we'd almost certainly hear about it. But barring something so horrible, it would be unlikely that we'd hear much about his appearance. We'd hear more about what he said and how he said it. The focus would be on the ideas he expressed in his video.When a woman…
  • But That's What I Believe!

    Jack Vance
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    It is fairly common for atheists to feel frustrated with the religious believer who maintains belief in gods despite the lack of evidence. We are fond of pointing out that this is irrational and that beliefs should be based on evidence. We are right, of course, that this is irrational; however, there is another form of irrationality that strikes me as being even worse than basic theism.What could be more irrational than theism? How about creationism? Young earth creationism is the classic example of the sort of irrationality I have in mind. The theist who continues to believe in gods despite…
  • Supporting Atheists

    Jack Vance
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    Atheism (Photo credit: thinboyfatter)Following the Four Things We Can Do To Make More Atheists post, I elaborated on the ideas of criticizing religious belief and promoting atheism. In this post, I'll expand on the idea of supporting other atheists. I think this may be the most obvious of the four things. At least, I hope it is. If we are going to ask people living in religiously oppressive environments to walk away from the religious beliefs their culture pushes and embrace atheism, we must be ready to provide support to those who do.Tangible and Informational SupportI noted previously that…
  • I Have Seen Angles Too

    Jack Vance
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    A right angle is equal to 90 degrees. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I imagine there would be fewer atheists if only we'd get our heads out of our asses and accept everything Christians tell us uncritically. I mean, many of them have had experiences they cannot explain so...god! Why do we have to be so stubborn as to doubt them and not simply take their word for it? Why must we always go on and on about evidence?The evidence is all around us, at least that's what Christians insist. We refuse to see it because...I'm not sure why. Perhaps their god is "hardening our hearts" like it used to do in…
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    Divided Under God

  • Reminder: Live-tweet Today at Secular Invocation 6pm ET

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Join us as we unite for a secular government tonight at 6pm Eastern! I’ll be live-tweeting from the Town of Greece meeting and press conference at @DividedUnderGod. Follow #townofgreece to join in the conversation! More details here.Filed under: Church & State, Headlines Tagged: Atheism, Atheist, Christianity, Church and state, Constitutional issues, Establishment Clause, first amendment, freedom of religion, politics, Religion, Religion in politics, secular, Supreme court, Town of Greece, Town of Greece v. Galloway
  • Atheists Will Be Well Represented in Town of Greece Tuesday

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Photo courtesy Dan Courtney On Tuesday July 15th, the Town of Greece, known recently for the Supreme Court ruling regarding opening prayers at town meetings, will open its meeting with a secular invocation.  The address will be delivered by Dan Courtney of the Atheist Community of Rochester (ACoR), a local group of nonbelievers whose membership has been steadily growing. News of the event has made its way through the Rochester, NY area, all the way into the national spotlight recently.  More media outlets have been picking up the story every day it seems.  As a result, atheist and secular…
  • Pennsylvania House Passes Bill Deemed to Be an ‘Exercise in Silliness’

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Last Monday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would clear the way for the National Motto, “In God We Trust,” to be posted in all PA public schools. One of the few lawmakers to vote “no” on the bill was Democratic Representative Mike O’Brien. Rep. O’Brien warned against supporting legislation that promotes any public religious statement, saying, image courtesy http://www.legis.state.pa.us Our role is not to create a theocracy, but to create a commonwealth that represents all people of all beliefs, and I think that…
  • Todd Starnes Promotes New Book on Fox By Touting Debunked Christian Persecution Case

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    6 May 2014 | 8:03 am
    (originally posted on Peacock-Panache.com) Appearing on Fox News to promote his new book, Todd Starnes (the man who repeatedly cried Christian persecution wolf to anyone who would listen) touted a debunked theory about anti-Christian persecution on military bases. His book God (B)less America appears to be chock full of these sorts of cases (in addition to a case Starnes has personally worked to manufacture and promote with the assistance of his publisher’s vice president of sales). Right off the bat in the interview – led by none other than far right personality…
  • No One Is Shocked: Greece v. Galloway Decided 5-4 For Jesus

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    5 May 2014 | 8:18 am
    Back in October, we published a post entitled Town of Greece v. Galloway Won’t Accomplish Anything Worthwhile.  That assumption was based on SCOTUS focusing narrowly on the case at hand, rather than on state-sponsored prayer altogether.  We argued that SCOTUS may decide that the specific town’s opening prayers need to be spread out among religions more equally, rather than allowing them to be overwhelmingly Christian.  We were right about one thing — that SCOTUS would focus only on the case at hand, rather than the larger issue of prayer at government meetings.
 
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    An American Atheist

  • Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

    Christopher Thielen
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Robin Marie, Chris Lazare, and Christopher Thielen discuss the Supreme Court ruling of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and what its implications are for women, health care, atheism, and corporate personhood. Burwell v. Hobby Lobby [wikipedia.org] Supreme Court Broadens Hobby Lobby Ruling to All Forms of Birth Control [motherjones.com] Danger sign: The Supreme Court has already […]
  • Interview with ‘The Unbelievers’ Director Gus Holwerda

    Christopher Thielen
    12 Jun 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Tom sits down with “The Unbelievers” documentary director Gus Holwerda to discuss the experience of following Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss around the world in debate circuits as well as the experience of interviewing other well-known atheists. Be sure to check out the documentary on iTunes, Amazon, and elsewhere.
  • Interview with Supreme Court Plaintiff Linda Stephens

    Christopher Thielen
    13 May 2014 | 7:20 pm
    A little more than a week ago, the Supreme Court declared in a 5-4 decision that prayer was legal at the start of government meetings in the town of Greece, New York. The lawsuit was filed by residents Linda Stephens and Susan Galloway, arguing the prayers violated the Establishment Clause. Tom Beasley spoke with plaintiff Linda Stephens about the […]
  • 111: The Phobia of Being Islamophobic

    Christopher Thielen
    6 May 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Tom and Robin discuss the phobia of being Islamophobic.
  • 110: But You Said Jehovah

    Christopher Thielen
    28 Apr 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Tom and Chris utter the name Jehovah and avoid a stoning while recalling: The myth of ‘Ishar’ and Easter Ukrainian antisemitism (or propaganda) Oregon faith healing Louisiana’s state book (hint: King James read it) ‘Heaven is Real’ film  
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    Deity Shmeity

  • Teaching via Mockery

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Religious apologists often confuse the word objective with words like absolute, transcendent, and universal--especially when talking about morality. To illustrate what objective means, I will now insult these people.They are stupid...at least in the subjective sense, which is a judgement I'm making influenced by personal feelings and opinions. However, in the recent past, I could test these people and state objectively that they are morons, imbeciles and idiots--each of these labels corresponding with an IQ score of 51–70, 21–50, and IQ of 0–20 respectively. A metric, like an IQ score,…
  • The Evolution of Nothing

    14 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    “Nothing” is a concept that has meant different things at different points of humanity’s understanding of the universe. When our planet was effectively understood as the universe, empty air space was reasonably defined as “nothing.” Upon discovery that space exists beyond our atmosphere, the meaning shifted to exclude air as now the vacuum of space was a valid option. The march of scientific discovery theorized magnetic, gravitational and other fields were “something” that may even correspond to particles that clearly aren’t applicable to the concept of “nothing.” And…
  • The Idealized Conservative on Church & State

    26 Jun 2014 | 7:59 pm
    After hearing more and more conservatives openly promoting the unity of Church and State (only their Church, or course) I found this quote from one of their favs ironic.
  • Incomplete & Circular Apologetic Definitions

    16 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Are you healthy? I don’t know much about you, reader, but if you are the average American your answer is probably close to “sure...I guess” or maybe even a straight up “I don’t know.” That’s because the term “healthy” is an imprecise word that means different things to different people. A judgement of health, when poorly defined, is subjective and not very meaningful. If, on the other hand, I asked if you are overweight then provided a scale, tape measure, and the calculation to determine your Body Mass Index, we could objectively see if your BMI is over 25 and therefore…
  • An Interview with Sabio Lantz

    9 Jun 2014 | 4:11 pm
    The following is an interview with Sabio Lantz of Triangulations.On your blog, you use the pseudonym Sabio Lantz to, in your words, protect your professional and personal relations. What do you expect would change if you went public with your real name? (I’m obviously not judging, I also use a pseudonym.) What is your advice for other atheists who are unsure if they should conceal this aspect of their identity or embrace it publicly?As you know, Religionists look upon Atheists with great disgust (see here). I have significant personal experience with Christian bigotry both as a victimizer…
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    Laughing in Purgatory

  • Mayor of Dearborn Michigan tells citizens to 'turn to Allah' at Islamic event

    Andrew Hall
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Mayor Kannard asks citizens of Dearborn, Michiganto pray five times a day for Allah's protection.The mayor of Dearborn, Michigan, Mohammed Al Kannard, has signed an official proclamation exhorting citizens to turn to Allah for guidance on a daily basis.The mayor has issued this statement in the midst of Ramadan so that the city's 40,000 or so Arab Americans feel that their religious freedom is protected by city government.NOW, THEREFORE, I,Mohammed Al Kannard as Mayor of the City of Dearborn, Michigan, do hereby invite all Dearbornians to join in the thoughtful prayer and humble…
  • Why I'm embarrassed of Jesus.

    Andrew Hall
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Jesus against the Pharisees. Jesus, stop acting like you're the freakin' Riddler!Jesus loves his parables. Ask the man how to avoid hell and he'll start talking about throwing mustard seeds onto the Prodigal Son. If mathematics worked like that then no high school math teacher would explain the quadratic formula like this:With Jesus' method students would hear a story about wise and foolish virgins carrying lambs. If the pupils got the message they pass the class. If not, eternal hellfire.I've never seen Jesus celebrating July 4th. I've looked.Jesus never talked about 'merica…
  • A Godless Jabberwocky

    Andrew Hall
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Yah-Wah hats engaged!Twas cynnic, and the Foxy liarlersDid pomp and primpble on the waves;All whimsy were the mobblers,That the righteous wraths enslave."Beware the Crosserbocks, my son!The lips that lie, the faith that catch!Beware the Yah-Wah hats, and shunThe saintious Dogmasnatch!"He took his skeptic app in hand:Long time the theocrat foe he sought --So he rested in the Tumtum pub,And sat awhile in thought.And as in freelish thought he sat,The Crosserbocks, with eyes of flame,Came yellfling through the tulgey screen,And prayered as it came.One, two! One, two! and through and throughThe…
  • Supreme Court Decides that the US Constitution doesn't apply to God

    Andrew Hall
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Washington, DC In a 5-4 split decision the Supreme Court of the United States of America has ruled that the Constitution has no jurisdiction over the Christian God. Invoking the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution this decision also strikes down any state or local regulation that would bind the Almighty from His mysterious ways.This is a blow against secularists, who argued forcefully that Yahweh has manipulated public opinion, set up societal institutions that undermine the democratic process, and wields power in a capricious fashion. "Whether it's the killing of the first born sons of…
  • More Funny Memes

    Andrew Hall
    28 Jun 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Here are some jokes.Laugh.(If you don't know about the Nigerian atheist imprisoned in a mental hospital checkout Godless Mom's article.)Subscribe to Laughing In Purgatory(BTW, it's not a crime to share these, too. Unless you're in Nigeria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc.)
 
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  • Science? What is That?

    Neno December
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    What is science? Science is the systematic study of nature and behavior of the material and physical universe, based on observation, experiment, measurement, and the formulation of laws to describe these facts in general terms (dictionary).Within science, a scientific method is utilized that seeks to explain the events of nature in a reproducible way. They are techniques used in investigations of phenomena to acquire new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. The special characteristic of a scientific method of inquiry is that we seek to let reality speak for…
  • What The $@#% NYPD?

    Neno December
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    There is a disturbing video of a man that died after being put in a choke hold by a New York police officer. Regardless if the arrest was warranted or not, it is quite obvious that these police officers did not handle the situation appropriately. Huffington Post reports, according to a 2004 NYPD patrol guide:"Members of the New York City Police Department will NOT use chokeholds. A chokehold shall include, but is not limited to, any pressure to the throat or windpipe, which may prevent or hinder breathing or reduce intake of air."What is frustrating and scary was that, at least from the…
  • Are You Absolutely Certain?

    Neno December
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    I have had a number of theists throughout the years ask me,"are you absolutely 100% certain?"I really don't understand what the point of such a question is. Is it to identify whether the individual is close-minded? Perhaps this could be the case. But, it seems as though most that have asked me this question tend to think there is, in respect to knowledge, a special relationship. I assume this because usually followed after my response a smirk begins to manifest and they respond by saying something to the effect of,"well, I am absolutely certain!"There is nothing about asserting certainty that…
  • Euthyphro's Dilemma

    Neno December
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Socrates has been called to court on charges of impiety by Meletus (whom Plato names as the chief accuser). Specifically, Socrates accusers cite two impious acts:failing to acknowledge the gods that the city acknowledgesintroducing new deities [1]This was going to be the most famous trial of all time (that is, until O.J. Simpson came along). Socrates encounters Euthyphro outside of king-archon’s court, which he has come to prosecute his father for having unintentionally killed a murderous hired hand. Having heard this, Socrates is not convinced that Euthyphro was committing a pious act by…
  • Nature-Nurture Controversy

    Neno December
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Why do we behave the way we do? Are behavioral traits dependent on genes, the environment, or a combination of both? This issue is commonly referred to as the “Nature versus Nurture” controversy. Such philosophers as Plato and Descartes argued for the position that regardless of the environmental influences, there are certain behavioral traits that are innate—traits that we are simply born with. On the other side of the spectrum, such philosophers as John Locke and Thomas Hobbes argued for the position that our minds are “blank slates” (also referred to “tabula rasa” in Latin).
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