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  • Forget North Korean Threats; Center For Inquiry Tells Sony Pictures It’ll Gladly Screen The Interview

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    Hemant Mehta
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Yesterday, as Sony Pictures announced that it would not release the Seth Rogan/James Franco movie The Interview because of threats from North Korea, the Center for Inquiry stepped up and said it would be glad to host screenings of the film:In a letter to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton, CFI president and CEO Ronald A. Lindsay expresses his disappointment at Sony’s capitulation to threats by still-unknown individuals, as it sends a troubling message that even powerful corporations will censor ideas that might offend certain people.“Much of our work is centered on securing the right to…
  • The Historical Jesus

    Atheist Revolution
    vjack
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    4th century depiction of Christ as the Good Shepherd, Museum for Epigraphy, Terme di Diocleziano, Rome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Most of the Christians I encounter, both in my day-to-day life and on the Internet, treat the existence of a historical Jesus as fact. I have spent most of my life, including the post-Christian portion, assuming that there probably was a historical Jesus. Even though it has been a long time since I believed that this person bore any resemblance to the character described in the Christian bible, I've assumed that the stories were probably based, however loosely, on a…
  • “America’s Doctor” Doesn’t Seem to Care About the Scientific Merits of His Claims, Says New Study on Dr. Oz

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    Hemant Mehta
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    This past June, Dr. Mehmet Oz was called to testify before Congress at the request of Senator Claire McCaskill because of one particularly egregious scam that he, among others, promoted.Now, the British Medical Journal has weighed in with more substantive charges against the sell-out doctor. A study published on Wednesday shows that his recommendations are far from scientifically sound:The researchers, led by Christina Korownyk of the University of Alberta, charged medical research either didn’t substantiate — or flat out contradicted — more than half of Oz’s recommendations.
  • Eight Incoherent Things Christians Say

    ExChristian.Net -- encouraging ex-Christians
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:51 pm
    By Ben Love ~ 1. “I don’t understand what this means, but God does.”Well, it’s great that God understands it, but what good is that supposed to do for you? To me, this is the same as saying:“I believe in Bigfoot, and I use the word ‘believe’ because I’m not fully certain he really does exist. This is where my faith comes in. And if there are things about Bigfoot that I don’t understand, I won’t worry about it, because at least Bigfoot understands them.”How incoherent can we be here? I mean, seriously. Here you have this entity that you’re not even sure exists, and when…
  • Andrew Scott Hall at the Comedy Studio

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    Andrew Hall
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:42 am
    Hey, everyone, here is my latest stand-up set at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, MA. Those of you who have known me for a while will recognize old jokes as well as new takes on some other ones. I hope you enjoy this. You may notice that I'm resurrecting an old YouTube channel. This will make it much, much easier for me in a variety of ways that you probably aren't interesting in knowing.The long and short of it is: Please Subscribe.Thanks.A
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  • Quote of the Day, By Former Bishop John Shelby Spong

    John W. Loftus
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Christian churches in first world countries are facing problems in dealing with churches in third world countries, not unlike how modernized Muslims are facing problems in dealing with barbaric Muslims in the Middle East. In those churches homosexuality is "taboo" at best, and a crime requiring death at its worst. So what do first world churches say about this? Some of them are afraid to offend these churches out of fear of being patronizing and/or racist, even though this means not speaking out boldly on behalf of the LGBTI people. When Walter Kasper, a catholic cardinal/theologian, said…
  • An Excellent Atheist Ad Placed In the South Bend Tribune: "The Great Christian Deception"

    John W. Loftus
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    From books to blogs to broadcasts to billboards and beyond, believers can no longer hide their heads in the sand. They are being confronted daily with the arguments and the presence of the godless. Here is an a advertisement recently placed not far from where I live, in The South Bend Tribune. South Bend, Indiana, is home to Notre Dame University, Catholic territory. Imagine one day looking through the newspaper and coming across the following Ad. What do you do? I was told by the friend of mine who placed the Ad that some parishioners in local churches have asked their priests and pastors to…
  • Books Won't Save School Children's Lives; Drones, Just Might

    NoCrossNoCrescent
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:47 pm
    I have written before about my respect for Malala Yusufzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the face by the Taliban for simply wishing to have an education. I have also said that courage and vision, of which she has plenty, do not translate into infallibility, and Malala's campaign for education and against violence, which has won her a Nobel Peace Prize, is based on extremely shaky views. The sad news from her own country today only shows how misguided the pacifist mindset is when it comes to Islamist militants.Read more »
  • Technically Speaking We Cannot Prove or Disprove the Existence of Trolls, Fairies or Elves

    John W. Loftus
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
  • A Christmas Debate for You

    Jonathan MS Pearce
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    A few years ago, around the time of the release of my book The Nativity: A Critical Examination, Reasonable Doubts hosted a radio podcast debate, pre-recorded, between myself and Randal Rauser. Here is the fruits of our labour, detailing the arguments for and against the historicity of the Nativity accounts. Let me know what you think: Read more »
 
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  • Headstone Makers in New Jersey Score Victory Against Church-Based Competitors Who Are Tax-Exempt

    Terry Firma
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    New Jersey headstone-making companies have won a battle against the Newark Archdiocese over the latter’s hawking of gravesite monuments.John Burns, a born-and-raised-Catholic owner of a monuments company in North Arlington, NJ, was appalled that the diocese began offering mausoleums and tombstones last year. He argued that the tax-exempt status of the padres gives them an unfair advantage, so he and his colleagues have been trying to get the state to stop the Catholic expansion.Quoted in the New York Times,Mr. Burns, 54, said the fight was “hard because it’s the…
  • Gay Christian Teen Takes Her Own Life, Fearing Her Parents Wouldn’t Accept Her If She Came Out

    Camille Beredjick
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A 14-year-old girl in Manchester, England has taken her own life because she couldn’t bear to come out to her devout Christian parents as gay — though they say they would have welcomed her with open arms.Elizabeth “Lizzie” Lowe (below) was recently found hanged at a local park, according to the U.K. news site The Telegraph. Her friends say that she was questioning whether she might be a lesbian and was having trouble reconciling her sexuality with her strong Christian upbringing and her own faith.Her parents, however, have said that her coming out would not have been…
  • Forget North Korean Threats; Center For Inquiry Tells Sony Pictures It’ll Gladly Screen The Interview

    Hemant Mehta
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Yesterday, as Sony Pictures announced that it would not release the Seth Rogan/James Franco movie The Interview because of threats from North Korea, the Center for Inquiry stepped up and said it would be glad to host screenings of the film:In a letter to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton, CFI president and CEO Ronald A. Lindsay expresses his disappointment at Sony’s capitulation to threats by still-unknown individuals, as it sends a troubling message that even powerful corporations will censor ideas that might offend certain people.“Much of our work is centered on securing the right to…
  • Male Shame, the Root of Female Shame

    Hemant Mehta
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    This is an article by Darrel Ray. It appears in the current issue of American Atheist magazine. American Atheist magazine is available at Barnes & Noble and Book World bookstores in the U.S. and at Chapters/Indigo bookstores in Canada. Go to Atheists.org to subscribe or to join American Atheists. Members receive free digital subscription. It’s also available from iTunes.…For thousands of years, religions have used shame as a method of control. It is easy to see how shame is detrimental to females in patriarchal religions, but it has grave consequences for males as well. We hear a…
  • “America’s Doctor” Doesn’t Seem to Care About the Scientific Merits of His Claims, Says New Study on Dr. Oz

    Hemant Mehta
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    This past June, Dr. Mehmet Oz was called to testify before Congress at the request of Senator Claire McCaskill because of one particularly egregious scam that he, among others, promoted.Now, the British Medical Journal has weighed in with more substantive charges against the sell-out doctor. A study published on Wednesday shows that his recommendations are far from scientifically sound:The researchers, led by Christina Korownyk of the University of Alberta, charged medical research either didn’t substantiate — or flat out contradicted — more than half of Oz’s recommendations.
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  • Review: “Edge of Tomorrow”

    The Atheist Geek
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Edge of Tomorrow is a science fiction action movie about a man who is forced to fight in a war against alien invaders, called Mimics, against his will. Only the aliens have the power to reset the day by creating a time loop and correcting any mistakes they make in battle once the day resets. This renders them all but invincible until the hero, William Cage, steals this power by accident and learns to turn it against the enemy. Note that Edge of Tomorrow is also known as Live. Die. Repeat. Probably because Edge of Tomorrow is a stupid name for the movie. So, what did I think about Edge of…
  • Update and Truth be Told

    The Atheist Geek
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    A documentary for ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses. I just finished college, so I’m hoping to have more updates started for the website soon. In the meantime, a moment of vindication: Yep. Truth be Told will soon be downloadable to anyone who wants it.  Use coupon code FACEBOOK5 for $5 off the Deluxe Package. http://buy.hereliesthetruth.com/
  • TRUTH BE TOLD Available for Digital Download Soon!

    The Atheist Geek
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    Your wait to see Truth Be Told will soon be over! Truth Be Told will be available for digital download on 12/19/14 and we’ll even be able to preorder a DVD with extras! I don’t know everything about what’s to come, but I’m told it will include full interviews with the ex-Witnesses who appear in the film. You can see clips of the documentary at Gregorio Smith’s website and on SMITHKRAFT’s YouTube channel. I don’t know about you, but I’m there, man. I’m told Huffington Post will be announcing this very soon, but I’m posting it today.
  • AtheistTV Goes Live TODAY!

    The Atheist Geek
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    Can you believe it – AtheistTV! I just found out about this yesterday. If you have a Roku, they are starting the Atheist TV Network at 7:00 PM tonight. If not, you can watch Atheist TV Live through their live stream with the rest of us. It appears to be produced by American Atheists. Here’s what the site says about the new network: We have partnered with content creators in the atheist community to bring engaging and entertaining content to AtheistTV. We are working with experienced producers to develop new, original programming that will launch soon. If you are interested in…
  • 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.
 
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    Daylight Atheism

  • Atlas Shrugged: Midnight Train to Death, Part III

    Adam Lee
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VII Pulled by a coal-burning engine that’s not designed for the poorly ventilated tunnel it’s about to enter, the doomed train chugs upward into the mountains: Some of the passengers aboard the Comet were awake. As the train started its coiling ascent, they saw the small cluster of Winston’s lights [Read More...]
  • The Torture Report is America’s National Shame

    Adam Lee
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:49 am
    The Senate has released a massive report on the torture of terrorism suspects under the Bush administration, and it’s as bad as many of us feared. We already knew some of the terrible things done in our name as Americans, but not the full extent. In fact, we still don’t know the full extent, since [Read More...]
  • New on AlterNet: The Mythical Golden Age of Religious Charity

    Adam Lee
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:52 am
    My latest column is up on AlterNet, Do Right-Wing Christians Want People to be Destitute? It’s about the conservative politicians who want to slash the social safety net, claiming they want to go back to a time when churches and private charity provided for everyone’s needs, and the evidence showing that the actual effect of [Read More...]
  • Friday Night Music: Portugal The Man

    Adam Lee
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Like Quiet Company, this is another of the bands I first heard about from Chris Stedman’s atheist & agnostic music list. This uptempo, anthemic prog-rock song, from their 2013 album Evil Friends, was his #1 pick, and I find it hard to argue (although I have no idea what the video means):
  • Atlas Shrugged: Midnight Train to Death, Part II

    Adam Lee
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:47 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VII Stuck on a train in the middle of nowhere, Kip Chalmers is furious, and is inundating the head office with telegrams demanding that he be given transportation or else. In New York, James Taggart is woken out of bed late at night, and like any good boss, responds by [Read More...]
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  • Just to get it off my chest

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:52 pm
    By an Ex-missionary ~ I'd like to tell my story here. I just need to tell it. To get it off my chest. I am from Brazil and English is not my first language, so I ask who may read it not to judge my grammar. I lost my faith. I really don't know if I would define myself as an atheist or agnostic. Right now, it just doesn't seem important. Here goes my story...I became a Christian when I was fifteen (I am 26 now) and at the age of nineteen I was totally committed to the Christian faith, so I decided to become a missionary.My parents were also Christians (they still are) and they supported me. I…
  • Eight Incoherent Things Christians Say

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:51 pm
    By Ben Love ~ 1. “I don’t understand what this means, but God does.”Well, it’s great that God understands it, but what good is that supposed to do for you? To me, this is the same as saying:“I believe in Bigfoot, and I use the word ‘believe’ because I’m not fully certain he really does exist. This is where my faith comes in. And if there are things about Bigfoot that I don’t understand, I won’t worry about it, because at least Bigfoot understands them.”How incoherent can we be here? I mean, seriously. Here you have this entity that you’re not even sure exists, and when…
  • The Not-So-Virgin Birth of the Christmas Story

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:51 pm
    By Valerie Tarico ~ Celestial messengers, natural wonders and a virgin birth establish the baby Jesus as someone special. Why does the rest of the New Testament ignore these auspicious beginnings?Sometime toward the end of the first century, the writer of Luke told a story that would become one of the most treasured in all of Western Civilization, the birth of the baby Jesus. It opens with an announcement known as the Annunciation. A messenger angel named Gabriel appears to a young Jewish virgin, Mary, telling her that the spirit of God will enter her and she will give birth to a child who is…
  • The Slut Shaming, Sex-Negative Message in the Virgin Birth—It’s Worth a Family Conversation

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:50 pm
    By Valerie Tarico ~ The birth story of baby Jesus celebrates the promise of new life, but for girls it also sends a harmful message. How can we acknowledge this without spoiling the rest? Most Americans, even many who are not very religious, look forward to Christmas as a time to celebrate warmth, friendship, generosity and good cheer. Familiar festivities weave together stories and traditions from many cultures, which makes it easy to find something for everyone. But maybe it’s time to look a little closer at the Christmas story itself.The birth story of the baby Jesus is heartwarming and…
  • Evidence for God?

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    By Ben Love ~ A few days ago, a person who I once would have loosely referred to as a friend sent me a scathing Facebook email, a portion of which has been included here (typos in the original):“...trying to make sense out of your asinine posts but as so far I’ve not been unable to. The best I can say is that your writing, while mediocre, does make one have deeper thoughts. Deeper thoughts of what? Your idiocy. You keep throwing the word ‘evidence’ around as though you own the word. Has it ever occurred to you that we all have evidence of your stupidity but, unlike you, have refrained…
 
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  • The Historical Jesus

    vjack
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    4th century depiction of Christ as the Good Shepherd, Museum for Epigraphy, Terme di Diocleziano, Rome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Most of the Christians I encounter, both in my day-to-day life and on the Internet, treat the existence of a historical Jesus as fact. I have spent most of my life, including the post-Christian portion, assuming that there probably was a historical Jesus. Even though it has been a long time since I believed that this person bore any resemblance to the character described in the Christian bible, I've assumed that the stories were probably based, however loosely, on a…
  • Atheists as Persecuted Minority

    Jack Vance
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Kingdom Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Taken by BroadArrow in 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As an atheist, are you a member of a persecuted minority group that regularly faces discrimination and bigotry by the religious? Could you be a member of such a group even if you have not personally experienced this sort of thing?The Freedom of Thought Report, recently released by the International Humanist and Ethical Union, has been receiving quite a bit of attention among atheists and humanists and for good reason. The editor of the report, Bob Churchill, wrote a post for Religion News Service in…
  • Coping Tips for Atheists at Christmas

    Jack Vance
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    Christmas lights on Aleksanterinkatu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)With travel, winter weather, crowds, and crass commercialism, the holiday season can be a stressful time for anyone. Many atheists face additional pressures this time of year related to being members of an often despised minority group living in religious countries. Christian privilege is almost impossible to miss this time of year, and church-state violations are plentiful. We may feel bombarded by superstition everywhere we go, and we may be pushed to participate in religious rituals. Christians who know we are atheists are fond…
  • Being a Better Believer

    Jack Vance
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    A Raelian discussing his beliefs with a passerby in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)"Everybody has the right to believe what they want." This statement, while accurate, is practically nonsensical. It isn't like anyone can prevent another person from believing whatever he or she wants. This is a "right" that is never in any real jeopardy of being impinged upon.When people make statements like this, they generally mean something a bit different from what they say. They may mean that all beliefs are worthy of respect (they aren't), that religious beliefs should be immune to criticism…
  • Does Pat Robertson Have a Point About Christians Not Seeking Medical Care?

    Jack Vance
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:36 am
    Pat Robertson is still preaching on TV, reaching out to many Christian households through his 700 Club. And while he manages to provide endless fodder for atheist blogs, there seems to be a dark side to the advice he dispenses to gullible viewers. Much of what he says on the air is potentially harmful if taken seriously.During the call-in portion of a recent show, Robertson advised a 76-year-old man to disregard his family's requests that he see a doctor because he has asked some sort of god "to be my physician." Robertson said:There’s some people who think that doctors are god and they…
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  • 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…
  • Apparently God Delivers Lost Items in Toilets Now

    Kevin Davis
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    This is the kind of stuff that irritates me to the core.  Attributing little things like this to divine intervention seems harmless enough, but if we dig a little deeper, a larger problem surfaces.  Allow me to give a little background here. Sometime around 2002, a woman from Tennessee named Juanita Dye noticed her husband of 52 years was not wearing his wedding ring.  It was lost.  Two years after that, Juanita’s husband, Norman, passed away.  Suddenly last month, a good 12 years after losing it, the ring was discovered in the bottom of their toilet.  While a critical thinker…
  • A Holiday Gift to Misunderstood Atheists

    Kevin Davis
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    As most of my readers know, I published a book this year, titled Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  I wrote the book not to be showered with riches (any author would be crazy to think that’s going to happen), but instead, I wrote the book to help atheists who confront conflict within their circle of family and friends.  The book is intended for the religious who have trouble accepting their nonreligious loved ones, whether internally or with outward conflict.  It answers a lot of questions the religious might have for nonbelievers but were…
  • Rick Santorum Shows Us Again How Historically Illiterate He Is

    Kevin Davis
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Photographer: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images On Monday, a conference call with Rick Santorum was released via YouTube by STAND, a right-wing conservative organization run by E.W. Jackson, a Virginia minister who has of course dabbled in politics.  STAND is an acronym for “Staying True to America’s National Destiny,” which is quite obviously all Jackson could come up with after already picking the name STAND.  And I’m sure he thinks it’s catchy as hell.  Besides, you know they mean business when they actually hyphenate “between” as…
  • A Call to Action from an Openly Secular Parent

    Jessica Dapson, Contributor
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Image courtesy openlysecular.org I’m an atheist and a supporter of the secular movement here in America.  I’m also a mother of two children and homemaker to a humanist household.  I spend my days changing my baby’s diapers and watching Sesame Street, while trying to make time to read through the latest books as I maintain an orderly home.  And when it comes to raising my children, keeping God out of the picture is key.  There’s a saying synonymous with parenting that goes, “If I don’t expose my child to the lessons of God, then no one will.”…
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  • Secular vs. Theistic Information

    2 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    Think of information on a scale of the most subjective to the most objective. I place them on a scale because it can be argued that no information available to us is entirely subjective or entirely objective. The closer we get to objectivity, the more the information is representative of truth. The lower the number, the more subjective the information. The higher the number, the more objective the information.1. Information from Your ExperienceThere is a philosophical concept called naive realism which basically works under the assumption that the our perception perfectly represents the world…
  • Quick Take on Interstellar

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    I watched Interstellar last night and I have mixed feelings about it. Basic spoilers implied ahead.From a science standpoint, Interstellar educates the audience about how relativity works (although inconsistently) in regards to time dilation and how it is related to gravity. On the flip side, the movie also propagates the myth that black holes transport people places rather than kill them. I don’t care if movies educate, but I don’t want them to pass on wrong information as if it is correct. Science fiction is at it’s best when it takes unknowns and fills them with what could be true,…
  • I Eat Meat

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    A Christian apologist asks “what is the difference (according to your view of reality) between humans and other animals? And a follow up question, are you vegan?”I know where this question comes from. Christians, and many other religious types, view humanity as categorically different from animals and assumes anyone who accepts evolution thinks they are on par with wildlife. Well, yes and no. I don’t believe man holds a special place in any mystical or supernatural way, nor do we have a unique link to the transcendent. Modern humans share a common ancestor with all animals, but that…
  • Quit Your Whying

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    I’ve been listening to comedian Pete Holmes’ podcast You Made It Weird recently. A point of interest relevant to this blog is that Pete ends each episode with an exploration of his guest’s religious or atheistic beliefs. Most often his guest is a fellow comedian, a trade that fosters atheism almost as readily as scientific fields. Speaking of which, he’s had on scientists like Brian Green and Bill Nye as well as less scientifically literate types such as Deepak Chopra (that was a hard episode for me to get through even though it was about half the usual two hour length.) Pete himself…
  • For Heaven to be Perfect, You Can’t be There

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    If heaven is defined as the best possible afterlife, there are at least as many concepts of heaven as there are religions in the world. I’d argued there are as many different concepts of heaven as there are people who have ever considered it. Perfection is seemingly a subjective idea as strange as that sounds. Be it virgins, streets of gold, reunions with family, or nirvana, most agree that the bad things we experience in life, do not occur in heaven. They don’t occur because they fundamentally can’t.If I’m in heaven and a fellow worthy dead guy wants to do something I don’t like,…
 
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  • Andrew Scott Hall at the Comedy Studio

    Andrew Hall
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:42 am
    Hey, everyone, here is my latest stand-up set at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, MA. Those of you who have known me for a while will recognize old jokes as well as new takes on some other ones. I hope you enjoy this. You may notice that I'm resurrecting an old YouTube channel. This will make it much, much easier for me in a variety of ways that you probably aren't interesting in knowing.The long and short of it is: Please Subscribe.Thanks.A
  • Hundreds Of Fundamentalists Protest Space At Kennedy Space Center

    Andrew Hall
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    NASA,promoting Satan?Kennedy Space Center, Florida Fundamentalist Christians have reported that they have thronged at the front gate of Kennedy Space Center to assert the literal reading of the Bible which states that the sky is indeed a solid dome. Several protesters proudly held a banner that had Genesis 1: 6-8 emblazoned on it:God said, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the water; let it divide the water from the water.”  God made the dome and divided the water under the dome from the water above the dome; that is how it was, and God called the dome Sky. So there was evening,…
  • Grandmothers Everywhere Prepare To Guilt Their Grandchildren To Jesus This Holiday Season

    Andrew Hall
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Billy and Grandma are on their way to see Jesus!Everytown, America - Grandmothers across the nation are preparing for holiday visits from family members by wrapping presents AND preparing to lead their children's children to Christ. As the agnostic/atheist and simply religiously apathetic number of mothers and fathers grow, the burden of spiritual guilting the younger generation has fallen onto Nana."Spiritual Guilting has traditionally been executed by the mother," stated religious studies expert, Dr Ryan Kannard. "How this manifests itself is partially based on the faith background of the…
  • Batman and Robin Discuss the War on Christmas

    Andrew Hall
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
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  • Thousands Rally Against Evolution in Houston

    Andrew Hall
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    Charles Darwin better not show his head 'round here!- anonymous protester Sunday morning thousands of Christians who regard the Bible as the inerrant word of God met and stood together against the theory of evolution. The event called We Stand Sunday was organized by a confederation of evangelicals called DAWKINS (Darwin Argued Wrongly and Kids Intelligently Need Saving). The pro-biblical crowd met in the parking lot of the Hobby Lobby on 5th and Main. It was their stated intent to protect their "religious freedom" from the workings of big city government.We Stand Sunday was a…
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  • Review: Milton Friedman's Capitalism and Freedom

    Neno December
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    [The author of this paper, Nina Darner, was kind enough to allow me to put it on this blog. For that I and I am sure the readers of this blog are very grateful. This is a critique/review worth reading. Enjoy!]As proponents of Economic Democracy, we object to the neoliberal capitalist vision presented in Milton Friedman’s 1962 Capitalism and Freedom on many grounds. We believe that Friedman’s capitalism disincentivizes cooperation while encouraging and enabling human exploitation. We believe that his system proposes an unjust system of inheritance as well as a corrupt labor system, both of…
  • Midwest Workers Association

    Neno December
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Not long ago, perhaps a month ago, two volunteers from Midwest Workers Association (MWA) came to one of my philosophy courses to discuss the kind of work they do. I loved every bit of it. Actually, I liked the ideas however the presentation felt very impersonal and scripted (I soon found out everything they say is in fact scripted). They were advocating for low-income workers by offering short and long term solutions. Short term solutions consisted of offering emergency food, clothing, dental and medical care, legal services whereas long term solutions were directed towards organizing the…
  • John Stossel Thinks Secondhand Smoke Does Not Kill

    Neno December
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The best journalist in the world (*cough*), no other than Fox's John Stossel, actually thinks "there is no good data showing secondhand smoke kills people."Here is the transcript of what was actually said on the show (video below):"They always want to help us. We're going to make you a little safer. So they pass another rule, and another rule. The president released 3,000 right before Thanksgiving. They never take them away. Take cigarette smoking. Yeah, they kill smokers. But there is no good data showing secondhand smoke kills people. Nevertheless, banned -- I don't smoke. I'm glad…
  • Fanged Kashmir Musk Deer

    Neno December
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    For the first time in nearly 60 years a survey team spotted the elusive fanged Kashmir musk deer in northeastern Afghanistan. As the name suggests, this species of deer has vampire-like fangs. Not surprisingly, Brian Thomas, contributor to Institute for Creation Research, used this finding to cast ignorant doubts on the reasoning used to establish whether an extinct species was a carnivore and or an herbivore. For example, Thomas wrote:But what would a paleontologist think of finding a fossil musk deer's fangs without the benefit of comparing it to modern species? If she labeled it a…
  • Benghazi. Benghazi. Benghazi.

    Neno December
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    Few days ago (Nov. 21), the Republican led House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released its two year investigative report on 2012 Benghazi attacks. Their conclusion? No different than the past 6 investigations:[T]he CIA ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi ;and, without a requirement to do so, ably and bravely assisted the State Department on the night of the attacks. Their actions saved lives. Appropriate U.S. personnel made reasonable tactical decisions that night, and the Committee found no evidence that there was either a stand down order or a denial of…
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  • Your Stories of Atheism: Merry Christmakwanzakahsticeyule

    Godless Mom
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    This is an ongoing series featuring your stories of how you came to identify as an atheist. If you want to send me your story, you can submit it here. To read past stories, click here. Before this week’s stories, I wanted to mention a couple things. 1. A few people have asked what I want for Christmas. What I’d truly love is for you to donate to one of these charities and spread the word about them. Of course, becoming my Patron would also make Mommy happy and thankful. You can click here to do that. 2. I probably won’t be blogging or making videos much next week. Christmas…
  • Atheist Life Hacks: How To Evolve Back Into A Fish

    Godless Mom
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    When I was 3, I almost drowned. I was in my aunt’s pool in an inflatable ring and all the adults were turned at an angle facing the sun so they could perfect their tans. My aunt caught a glimpse of my empty ring out of the corner of her eye and flew into the pool, fully clothed. I spent the rest of my weekend there in the pool learning from her how to tread water. I loved it. When I was 8, my parents took me around the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and French Polynesia. Our first stop outside of North America, was Fiji. I spent the entire 2 weeks on Castaway…
  • 9 Secular Organizations to Give To This Holiday Season

    Godless Mom
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:33 am
    This time of year, it’s hard to miss all the organizations asking for a donation. The Salvation Army alone is in damn near every store. It’s difficult, as an atheist, to give to charities that have a tight bond with religion, so much so that their “charity” comes with a price. You must listen to preaching and pushy religious zealots before you get your scarf, or your soup or your shelter. In my most recent video, I talked about how atheists need to engage in more charity, and pour more resources into doing good, and less into fighting small battles with little…
  • Reasonable Doubt Part 5: Inadequate Counsel

    Godless Mom
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    This is part 5 of a series called Reasonable Doubt. Read the other parts here. It almost sounds like a slapstick comedy script. A defendant is on trial for a capital offence and faces the death penalty. His lawyer decides the trial is a great time to catch up on some sleep. Maybe the defense attorney is really hungover or was up all night playing Call of Duty. In any case, he’s tired and the entire courtroom can hear him snoring. You can picture Zack Galifianakis or Will Ferrell playing the incompetent lawyer. Maybe Ice Cube is the defendant. It would make a pretty funny movie, right?
  • Every Atheist Parent Needs: A Magic Set

    Godless Mom
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    It was late one Saturday night. I was putting my little guy to bed after letting him stay up for a movie. He asked me how they’d done certain things in the movie and I explained to him that some things aren’t always as they seem. Tricks can be done to make your brain think it’s seeing something when it’s not real. I proceeded to show him the trick where you bend your thumbs in half and pretend to pull one apart using both. His face turned to horror, thinking I’d actually just pulled off the tip of my thumb. He threw his bed spread over his head and screamed,…
 
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