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  • Egyptian Feminists Bleed and Shit on ISIS Flag to Protest Misogynist Islamic State (uncensored)

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    Jack Lawrence
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    Egyptian activist Aliaa Magda Elmahdy and an unnamed collaborator have made an incredibly bold statement against the Islamic State (ISIL). This past Saturday, the exiled Elmahdy posted her most daring and controversial photo yet. She is seen squatting over a black ISIS banner which reads, “There is no God but Allah.” Elmahdy is menstruating on the flag, while a second woman, dressed in … Continue reading →
  • Stop Reshelving Books Just to Get a Laugh

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    Hemant Mehta
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve all seen an image like this before, of a Bible moved to a more entertaining section of the bookstore:I’ll admit: I laughed the first time I saw that (a long, long time ago…). But as I wrote several years ago on this site, it’s an asshole move:Most bookstore workers have nothing to do with where books are filed. They do need to know where the books are shelved, though, if customers ask. And if atheists (or others) reshelve them, it would just frustrate staff members that have nothing to do with the placements in the first place.Yesterday, Nancy French, an…
  • On Ending the Philosophy of Religion; That's What I'm Talking About!

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    John W. Loftus
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Johnnie Terry of Sierra College, CA, tells me he's using Jerry Coyne's book, Why Evolution Is Truefor his critical thinking classes this semester! He says:As the Philosophy 4: Critical Thinking class satisfies the college level reading requirement, I'm having the students read both "Why Evolution is True" and "Monkey Girl." Coyne's book provides excellent support for scientific reasoning, verificationism and falsificationism.That's what I'm talking about when it comes to ending the philosophy of religion subdiscipline in secular universities!
  • How to Win Any Argument About Social Justice

    Atheist Revolution
    Jack Vance
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    If it was possible to communicate everything wrong with the behavior of the social justice warrior approach to "winning" arguments on the Internet in one silly graphic, this one would come fairly close:See more on Know Your MemeI accept that I may be wrong about this, but I have yet to be convinced that this sort of behavior has little to do with meaningful social justice activism or that it contributes to the sort of change many of us would like to see. The behaviors described in the graphic should be rare among freethinkers and skeptics, including those of us who are interested in social…
  • Strippers take topless protest to church that harassed them as ‘whores, tramps’ for years

    Better Off Damned
    Jack Lawrence
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    A group of topless dancers in Ohio on Sunday turned the tables on a fundamentalist church that has picketed their club for almost nine years. According to the Coshocton Tribune, at least six bare-breasted women, employees and friends of the Foxhole North club marched outside the New Beginnings Ministries church in Warsaw. Club owner Thomas … Continue reading →
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    Debunking Christianity

  • Victor Stenger, Physicist and Prolific Atheist Author, is Dead at 79

    John W. Loftus
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    Hemant Mehta wrote a fitting tribute to Stenger which included a statement from me. He will be greatly missed but he changed the world for the better. LINK.
  • On Ending the Philosophy of Religion; That's What I'm Talking About!

    John W. Loftus
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Johnnie Terry of Sierra College, CA, tells me he's using Jerry Coyne's book, Why Evolution Is Truefor his critical thinking classes this semester! He says:As the Philosophy 4: Critical Thinking class satisfies the college level reading requirement, I'm having the students read both "Why Evolution is True" and "Monkey Girl." Coyne's book provides excellent support for scientific reasoning, verificationism and falsificationism.That's what I'm talking about when it comes to ending the philosophy of religion subdiscipline in secular universities!
  • Jesus Behaving Badly: The Fig Tree Incident

    J. M. Green
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    It’s hard to act mature all of the time… even for the Son of God.  The gospels contain a number of incidents in which Jesus gets annoyed or angry.  Today, we are going to look at two versions of a story about how Jesus gets pissed off and kills a fig tree.  I don’t want to be too hard on Jesus, because he was hungry and I know how cranky I get, when I’m starving, but nonetheless, shouldn’t we expect better behavior from someone who is supposed to be God in human form?Read more »
  • Has Any Atheist Deconversion Happened Quite Like This?

    John W. Loftus
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    John Lloyd was my Youth Pastor when I first became a Christian. A couple of years ago I had lunch with him, which I wrote about here. Today I found a video of him doing a talk at the church he had founded, where he described his conversion and early ministry (starting at about 9:04), of which I was involved. My question to you is this: Has any atheist deconversion happened quite like this? I think not. It was purely experiential while he was on prescription medicine. And yet John Lloyd knows that he knows that he knows that his faith is true. It's a shame, really!
  • This Weekend is the PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference

    John W. Loftus
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    I'll be speaking at this fine conference on Saturday morning about my book The Outsider Test for Faith: How to Know Which Religion Is True.As I'm finalizing my talk I've been re-reading my book again, and although I do say so myself, this book is dynamite! ;-) If you don't already have it, get it and read it. I'm very honored and grateful to be a speaker for this conference, especially given the other speakers who will be there. If you can come out, do so. Here is a link telling you all the details. Hope to see ya there!
 
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    Atheist Media Blog

  • BBC Panorama: From Jail to Jihad

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    25 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    First broadcast May 12, 2014 on BBC OneThe Muslim prison population in England and Wales has doubled in the past ten years to nearly one in seven inmates. This rise is five times faster than the increase in the overall jail population.Evidence shows most Muslims are not radicalised, but the prison system is also home to the UK's greatest concentration of Islamic terrorists and extremists. Many more are converted or radicalised behind bars. Reporter Raphael Rowe follows one radical convert as he leaves prison, interviews some convicted terrorists and extremists about their experiences…
  • Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham - Full Debate

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    5 Feb 2014 | 8:44 am
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  • Richard Dawkins vs. Howard Conder on Revelation TV

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    7 Dec 2013 | 4:52 am
  • Daniel Dennett, Lawrence Krauss and Massimo Pigliucci discuss The Limits Of Science

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    7 Nov 2013 | 7:28 am
  • FOX: Megyn Kelly Brawls With Atheist Over 'God' in Air Force Oath

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    25 Oct 2013 | 6:23 am
    October 24, 2013 on Fox NewsMegyn Kelly took on former Air Force office and atheist Mikey Weinstein on Wednesday over the invocation of God in the Air Force oath, with the conversation getting so heated Kelly had to practically shout, "Mikey, chill!" at one point. Weinstein also sporadically mocked the "Fox world" he jumped into and got so frustrated he told Kelly he would try to speak in one-syllable words only.Kelly asked Weinstein why he just can't let the invocation of God be optional. Weinstein shot back, "That's like saying why don't you just opt out of robbing a bank! Because robbing a…
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  • Is This Pastor Being Honest About What He Said at a Secular Event?

    Hemant Mehta
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In 2013, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, spoke at a conference called Awaken Now.In a clip that just came to my attention, Rodriguez explained how he was invited to pray at a large secular event in Washington, D.C. with “a couple hundred thousand people” that was sponsored by a famous “television personality.” Turns out he wasn’t the only religious leader invited. In fact, a Muslim, a Jew, and a Universalist minister were also asked to pray.Rodriguez didn’t like that one bit. So not only did he…
  • With Germany Changing How It Collects the Church Tax, Many Are Leaving Their Churches Altogether

    Hemant Mehta
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you live in Germany, then you’re aware of something called a Church Tax.As far as I can understand it — forgive me if I screw this up — here’s how this works: When you pay your income taxes, a portion of it (8 or 9%, depending on where you live) is set aside by the government for your place of worship if you’re Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish. (If you’re a theist, you almost certainly fall into one of those categories.) This amounts to several billion Euros for the Roman Catholic Church and various Protestant (Lutheran) churches.What if you’re not…
  • Jewish Lev Tahor Sect, Where Child Abuse Is Allegedly a Way of Life, Gets Kicked Out of Guatemalan Town

    Terry Firma
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    When we last featured the mega-Orthodox Jewish group Lev Tahor, a Canadian cult, on this site, it was over credible allegations of systematic child abuse.For instance:[A] member told police about beatings with sticks, crowbars, whips and belts… A witness said he saw a woman struck in the face because she refused to wear the burqa-like outfit for women that has led some media to deride the group as the Jewish Taliban. Girls who were 13 or 14 were disciplined by being held in house basements while girls who were 14 and 15 were married to adult men, the police documents said.
  • Stop Reshelving Books Just to Get a Laugh

    Hemant Mehta
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve all seen an image like this before, of a Bible moved to a more entertaining section of the bookstore:I’ll admit: I laughed the first time I saw that (a long, long time ago…). But as I wrote several years ago on this site, it’s an asshole move:Most bookstore workers have nothing to do with where books are filed. They do need to know where the books are shelved, though, if customers ask. And if atheists (or others) reshelve them, it would just frustrate staff members that have nothing to do with the placements in the first place.Yesterday, Nancy French, an…
  • Jesus and God Take the #IceBucketChallenge

    Hemant Mehta
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Turns out Jesus and God took the #IceBucketChallenge (or, I guess, one person took it twice?) and DarkMatters2525 was there to document the whole thing:But who did they nominate…?!
 
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    Daylight Atheism

  • Prayer Can’t Fight Ebola

    Adam Lee
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    The worst-ever outbreak of Ebola virus is still raging in West Africa. There are over 1,500 confirmed deaths so far – including, heartbreakingly, doctors and nurses treating other sufferers – though the real number is probably much higher, since widespread fear and mistrust means that many of the sick never come forward. The epidemic has [Read More...]
  • New on AlterNet: Is Religion Inherently Authoritarian?

    Adam Lee
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    My latest column is up on AlterNet, Is Religion Inherently Authoritarian? It’s about the increasing conflict between liberal and moderate religious believers who feel the doctrines of their churches should be open for reexamination, and the authoritarians who are determined to quash these democratic notions at any cost. Read the excerpt below, then click through [Read More...]
  • Atlas Shrugged: Slash Fiction

    Adam Lee
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter IV Rearden is winning plaudits for the innovative “la la la, I’m not listening to you” defense strategy he deployed at his trial. Even the government overseer at his mills, the boy Rand nicknames the Wet Nurse, is coming to admire him: The Wet Nurse asked him at the mills, [Read More...]
  • The Coming Secular Era

    Adam Lee
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    The most important changes don’t come in the form of attention-grabbing headlines, but subtle trends that quietly gather momentum until, by the time they finally burst into public view, they’re unstoppable. Such is the case with the most important, and paradoxically most underappreciated, trend in American religion today: the long-term, across-the-board decline of Christianity and [Read More...]
  • The South Will Not Rise Again

    Adam Lee
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    Last year, I wrote about the continuing exodus of members from the Catholic church, and apologists’ fumbling suggestions for how to reverse the trend. I noted with amusement that there was an elephant in the room – the church’s retrograde doctrines which drive away young people – which the apologists were carefully tiptoeing around while [Read More...]
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  • My Brothers Tried To Inappropriately Convert Me

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    By Kris Haas ~ I am an artist with a Brain Injury Disability and on August 8th, 2014 my born again christian brothers tried to convert me to their religion. Below is a background of my predicament leading up to the situation.Back in March I was asked to give a presentation about a survivor living with a Brain Injury. Because of my desire to give a well thought out and enlightening presentation I worked on it for over three weeks in which It took so much out of me, my regular work chores with the business side of my art business suffered greatly. I got 6-7 weeks behind on getting orders out to…
  • On the Happiness of “Dangerous” Atheists

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    By Carl S. ~ Am I and others like me, the kind of persons referred to when most people say, “It takes all kinds?” In other words, are we eccentric, not dangerous, harmless outsiders to “common sense explanations” of the majority? After all, we don't accept the “obvious truths” of dogmatic things believers take for granted and prefer not to think about. We don't believe in supernatural gods/forces/explanations. We not only question, but outright dismiss “sacred” texts and the “authorities” who quote them for their own purposes. (We OFTEN find those things boring.) Does this…
  • Reflections Of My Former Self

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    By BlackFreethought ~ Recently, I reflected on my christian days and thought about how if my former self could see me now, he would be in total shock! I was a blood washed, tongue talking, prophesying, tithing, church attending christian. I had a strong bias against any belief that would "exalt itself against the knowledge of god." I thought I was being compassionate when I told people that "god has a plan for your life, accept jesus into your heart or face an eternity in hell!" Now that I have left my former life behind, I realize how nasty of a person I was for saying those things. I…
  • Five Reasons to Suspect Jesus Never Existed

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:53 am
    By Valerie Tarico ~ Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are “mythologized history.” In other words, they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following and his life and teachings provided the seed that grew into Christianity. At the same time, these scholars acknowledge that many Bible stories like the virgin birth, miracles, resurrection, and women at the tomb borrow and rework mythic themes that were common in the Ancient Near East, much the way that screenwriters base new movies on old…
  • Forgiveness in a post-religious worldview

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:50 am
    By sinner ~ For me as an ex-christian, now that I don't have a rulebook to follow, I generally adopt the value of "Ahimsa" a Pali/Sanskrit word meaning do no harm. Or the Wiccan idea of 'An it harm none, do what ye will'(Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Mohammedanism), Pope Benedictus XVI, Johannes-Paul-II-1987, Mariamagdalena, Borobudur-perfect-Buddha, Lord Ram, Supplicating Pilgrim at Masjid Al Haram. Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach der Ältere (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I find this to be a very practical and skillful way of minimizing suffering, both in myself and…
 
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    Atheist Revolution

  • Bigotry Against Atheists is Still Socially Acceptable

    Jack Vance
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    Touro Synagogue, built in 1759 in Newport, Rhode Island, is America's oldest surviving synagogue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Today is Labor Day in the United States. I do have the day off, but I'll be working from home in the hope that I can get somewhat caught up. I seem to be behind no matter how many hours I put in.Instead of writing some diatribe about how those of you who have the day off should be thanking liberals and labor unions, I thought I'd touch on something only peripherally related to Labor Day but sadly relevant to most working atheists: bigotry in the workplace.Imagine a…
  • How to Win Any Argument About Social Justice

    Jack Vance
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    If it was possible to communicate everything wrong with the behavior of the social justice warrior approach to "winning" arguments on the Internet in one silly graphic, this one would come fairly close:See more on Know Your MemeI accept that I may be wrong about this, but I have yet to be convinced that this sort of behavior has little to do with meaningful social justice activism or that it contributes to the sort of change many of us would like to see. The behaviors described in the graphic should be rare among freethinkers and skeptics, including those of us who are interested in social…
  • Separation of Church and State is a Social Justice Issue

    Jack Vance
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    Rally for social justice, Beersheba, Israel, Aug 13 2001 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)We don't usually think of separation of church and state as a social justice issue or regard church-state activism as a form of social justice activism. I think this is because when most of us in the U.S. think about church-state activism, we think about efforts to remove nativity scenes and Ten Commandments monuments from government buildings, return the Pledge of Allegiance to the original pre-god language, remove the god references from our currency, persuade our elected officials to stop offering sectarian…
  • The Right to Believe

    Jack Vance
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:36 am
    Nest of the flamingo according to old beliefs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)We hear quite a bit about one's right to believe certain things these days. I'm not sure why this is such a popular subject. It is almost as if many people are convinced that this right was somehow in jeopardy. But it is not in any jeopardy. None whatsoever. Nobody can take away your right to believe whatever you want. And as far as I can tell, nobody is trying to do so.We all have the right to believe whatever we want, no matter how wrong we may be. Beliefs, just like all our other thoughts, are our own. They are private…
  • Is Separation of Church and State Still Relevant?

    Jack Vance
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    Mouzinho da Silveira, whose influence during the post-War era would result in changes to the economy, the separation of church and state and the reorganization of municipalities (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The question contained in the title of this post seems like an odd one to ask, and perhaps it is. I've found myself wondering lately whether most atheists still consider the separation of church and state to be a relevant area for activism and how it ranks among all their other priorities for activism.Why do I ask? From what I see on the Internet these days, many atheists would rather talk…
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    Divided Under God

  • My conversation about slavery with a Mormon apologetic

    Kevin Davis
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Occasionally I pop onto Twitter and search for “atheist” or “atheism” to see what people are saying.  For the most part I’m looking for new people to follow who may have interesting things to say, or I’m looking for people who are looking for help in relating to atheists and offering my book as an aid.  Last night I came across a gentleman who decided it would be cool to tweet out to the world, “To Atheist; God keeps his promises, he never lies, try him.”  Now, normally I don’t seek these types of people out, but since he started out…
  • New Site Feature: Progressive Atheism

    Kevin Davis
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    If you’ve logged on to DividedUnderGod.com recently, you may have noticed some changes to the site.  As most of you know, I recently finished writing and published my first book, Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  The book had its own website where readers could follow the progress of the book, ask questions, and ultimately preorder books or purchase signed copies.  Now that the book is finished and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, there’s not much need for it to have its own website.  So the site was moved over to…
  • Reminder: Live-tweet Today at Secular Invocation 6pm ET

    Kevin Davis
    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
    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
    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…
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    Deity Shmeity

  • Deity Shmeity Quickies

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Faith, as unsubstantiated belief to the degree of perceived certainty, is the most anti-intellectual concept ever created. When applied to religion, it's effectively ignorance worship.Last month's PewResearch data that shows how atheists are viewed relative to religious groups. (Spoiler: not great)I find that theists tend to project their beliefs onto reality. Concepts--like right and wrong, the mind, love, truth to some extent--are all more than abstractions, they are considered real in some way beyond the use of the people that conceive them. The support for this is always along the…
  • Too Jesusy

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
  • 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.
 
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    Laughing in Purgatory

  • Racism, Uzis, and being Dad -- (with a wee bit of Jesus thrown in)

    Andrew Hall
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    When I have the time I like to make short, funny videos full of jokes and commentaries on what's going on in the world. I wanted to touch on the father who was waiting for his kids to get out of school, and was assaulted by the police because  his skin wasn't the right color. Another story that smacked my gob repeatedly was the case of the child who accidentally shot her instructor at the gun range. And finally my son and I shared a moment together.Hope you enjoy.LiP.
  • God Answered ALL Prayers

    Andrew Hall
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:26 pm
    The City of Champions maybe renamedthe City of Prayer.Brockton, MA Christopher Tourniquet told the world today that God has answered all of his prayers, and he has proof. The 45 year old shift supervisor at McDonald's and father of two held a press conference in his back yard at his home to go over the findings.Mr Tourniquet has been keeping records for the last twenty years of the prayers he has offered up to the Almighty, and the responses he received. Piles of one subject notebooks lay on a picnic table to illustrate the thousands of hours of work that have gone into this project."I'm glad…
  • Are you a bad atheist?

    Andrew Hall
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    A successful method of censorship used bysocial justice warriors of the 18th century.You have no sense of humor.There are some very earnest atheists who haven't cracked a smile since the Clinton administration. Many of them are really nice people (I know a few). They understand that laughter isn't a secular sin, and know at some deep level that our species does this thing with our faces and respiratory system when exposed to the funny. However, there are the godless humorless jihadi  who insist that laughing is forbidden due to the horrible state of the world. That life is so…
  • God Admits that Jesus was a Jerk

    Andrew Hall
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    LORD God of the Universe, Yawheh, the Tamer of Leviathan, and Smiter of the First Born Baby Boys of Egypt, has announced in a press release that his son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, is not the guy you want to build your moral foundation on."Jesus said a lot of nice things in his day: Love your neighbor as yourself; Give to the poor; Turn the other cheek; and now that I'm clean and sober I can get behind a vast majority of those things. However, let's be honest, the guy was a jerk -- a big sandal wearing Charles Manson-style hippie jerk."The Almighty stated that what really pushed Him over the…
  • Top Ten Signs You've Lost Your Religion

    Andrew Hall
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    10. You don't have to explain to others that your relationship to God is "complicated."There are knee-jerk theists (My god wrong or right!) and thinking theists (I need to read up on Thomas Aquinas to figure out if God can make a rock that He can't lift). If you were a thinking theist and now an atheist there is a very good chance that for a portion of your life you described your personal relationship with God as complicated. ExamplesMost of those Old Testament stories never really happened. It's complicated.The moral utility in the genocide depicted in the Great Flood? It's…
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    Better Off Damned

  • How Not to React When Your Child Tells You that He’s Gay (TW)

    Jack Lawrence
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    Ever wanted to be a fly on the wall when a right-wing Christian family shows the love of Jesus? “A perfect example of how much hate and intolerance still exists today. This family gave a young man two options: attend a pray the gay away intervention, or face being disowned by the very people who … Continue reading →
  • Egyptian Feminists Bleed and Shit on ISIS Flag to Protest Misogynist Islamic State (uncensored)

    Jack Lawrence
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    Egyptian activist Aliaa Magda Elmahdy and an unnamed collaborator have made an incredibly bold statement against the Islamic State (ISIL). This past Saturday, the exiled Elmahdy posted her most daring and controversial photo yet. She is seen squatting over a black ISIS banner which reads, “There is no God but Allah.” Elmahdy is menstruating on the flag, while a second woman, dressed in … Continue reading →
  • Pastor calls to imprison gays for ‘ten years hard labor’ with new constitutional amendment

    Jack Lawrence
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    A pastor who uses his Internet platform to teach political lessons based on conservative Christian ideology has proposed a constitutional amendment to punish LGBT people for “ten years in prison at hard labor.” In a video posted to his PreachingPolitics.com website last month that was flagged by the Good As You blog on Monday, Pastor … Continue reading →
  • BoD Boards the Ice Bucket Bandwagon

    Jack Lawrence
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    A couple of us guys from Better Off Damned took on the Ice Bucket Challenge… because why not? Dusty Smith, Peter Thurston, & Andre Oliver, we’re calling on you to perform the next round. For those still somehow unfamiliar, the thing works as follows: If challenged to participate, you have to either pour a bucket … Continue reading →
  • Strippers take topless protest to church that harassed them as ‘whores, tramps’ for years

    Jack Lawrence
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    A group of topless dancers in Ohio on Sunday turned the tables on a fundamentalist church that has picketed their club for almost nine years. According to the Coshocton Tribune, at least six bare-breasted women, employees and friends of the Foxhole North club marched outside the New Beginnings Ministries church in Warsaw. Club owner Thomas … Continue reading →
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    Untempered Intellect

  • ICR's Brian Thomas and 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

    Neno December
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    In a new article penned by ICR’s Brian Thomas, European Spacecraft's Comet Close-up a World First, argues that the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko is not as old as it is suggested. He writes,“"In the same period, first measurements from the Microwave Instrument for the Rosetta Orbiter, MIRO, suggested that the comet was emitting water vapour into space at about 300 millilitres per second," according to the ESA. That's over six-thousand gallons per day! At that rate, the whole comet—assuming it's made entirely of water ice—would melt into space after only hundreds of thousands…
  • Homeopathy: "Medicine" That Has No Medicine

    Neno December
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    This subset system of alternative medicine originated in 1796 by a German physician named Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann. It all began when Hahnemann gave up his medical practice because he objected to the methods used that he was taught in his time (he claimed that the medicine seemed to be doing more harm than good). While translating a book called A Treatise on the Materia Medica (he made his living mainly from writing and translating), he encountered the claim that a particular bark (from a Peruvian tree called "cinchona") was effective in treating malaria because of its…
  • Should Public Schools Allow Teacher-Sponsored Prayer Sessions?

    Neno December
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    It is important to begin with clarifying what the issue is since there seems to be a bit of confusion on the topic "should school sponsored prayer sessions be reintroduced in public schools?". The issue is not, as the religious right seem to imply, that students are not allowed to pray in public schools. On the contrary, students are allowed to pray when they wish--be it before lunch, before a test or whenever. In some cases, like those who practice Islam or Wicca, accommodations are even made to accommodate their religious obligations. For now, let's ignore the reasons to why…
  • Poachers In Sheep Clothing

    Neno December
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    To my mind, the claim that an individual can love animals and deeply care about them while at the same time enjoy hunting them seems to be contradictory. For example, the other day on Netflix I watched a documentary called Bear Island (I am surprised it received a viewer rating of 5.6/10) . In it, bear researcher LaVern Beier and his colleague use cutting-edge technology to study how to better protect the Alaskan brown bear. At around 24:32 in the documentary, the bear that was caught in the trap escaped and charged towards LaVern and his colleague—sadly, he had no choice but to…
  • More Sloppy Thinking From ICR

    Neno December
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    There is a reason why young-earth creationists employ sloppy thinking--without it, they have nothing. Take for example Brian Thomas', writer for the Institute for Creation Research, recent article entitled Solar System Geysers—Each a Fountain of Youth. He argues, "If these geysers formed billions of years ago as secular origins models insist, then small Solar System bodies should be old, cold, and dead—that is, geologically, magnetically, and otherwise completely inactive."(His claim that "secular origins models" suggest these celestial objects should be dead is simply not true. He…
 
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  • Religious Exemptions: Pastafarian fights to wear spaghetti strainer in ID photo

    Nosmas
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    So last week I stumbled across this article. It seems a British Columbia man is fighting for his right to wear a spaghetti strainer in his driver’s licence photo. The man, Obi Caneul, is an ordained minister in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster which makes him a Pastafarian. The province of British Columbia … Continue reading » The post Religious Exemptions: Pastafarian fights to wear spaghetti strainer in ID photo appeared first on The Off Channel.
  • Christian Morality: An Atheist’s Perspective

    Nosmas
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    I’m going to attempt to tackle the issue of morality and religion. More specifically I’m going to focus on Christian morality. This is only because I’m more knowledgeable about Christianity and for myself and the majority of people who visit this site; it’s the religion we have to deal with the most.   Religion and … Continue reading » The post Christian Morality: An Atheist’s Perspective appeared first on The Off Channel.
  • What would it take to start or stop believing in God?

    Nosmas
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    A question I see occasionally is, “What would it take for you to believe or disbelieve in God?”. I think it’s a good question that probably doesn’t get asked often enough. Not only regarding Theology but for any belief or non-belief a person holds. If you’re interested in knowing as much truth as possible and … Continue reading » The post What would it take to start or stop believing in God? appeared first on The Off Channel.
  • Atheists are so arrogant!

    Nosmas
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
      I guess it’s no secret that the religious often think of atheists as arrogant. It’s an ad hominem atheists hear fairly often. Usually there’s no justification for the accusation that atheists are arrogant. It’s just thrown out there because you’re a jerk who made someone feel insecure by using logic and evidence instead of … Continue reading » The post Atheists are so arrogant! appeared first on The Off Channel.
  • Green Eggs and Ken Ham

    Nosmas
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    What’s that? Is someone talking Spam? Could it be Ray Comfort, the Banana Man? Not this time it’s some other sham, It’s the Aussie fool. Ken Ham I am!   Ken Ham is at it again with more ridiculous anti-science statements which has gained some attention. I thought a Dr. Seuss rhyme would be appropriate … Continue reading » The post Green Eggs and Ken Ham appeared first on The Off Channel.
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  • Every Atheist Needs: Shelley Segal

    Godless Mom
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    Share this post on: • Facebook • Twitter • Pinterest • Google Plus • Reddit • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Email • Print I first came across Shelley on launch day of Atheist TV. She’d made an appearance at the Reason Rally, which was the first thing broadcast on the channel. I listened to this Aussie singer/songwriter get up and belt out lyrics that would make any atheist’s heart swell. I was in love with the music. Shelley’s tunes are definitely indie/folk sounding tunes, but I love that some of them have a hint of reggae in them.
  • Guest Post: Sobriety Without God

    Godless Mom
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    Share this post on: • Facebook • Twitter • Pinterest • Google Plus • Reddit • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Email • Print GM Note: This is a guest post from Dean. You can follow Dean Modified on Twitter: @DeanModified. If you would like to be a guest blogger on Godlessmom.com, please submit your post here. I was baptised Anglican although I had no say in the matter. I remember learning the frightening Roman Catholic version of the ten commandments from my grandfather as a seven year old. I was confirmed against my will as a thirteen year old after being…
  • Your Stories Of Atheism: Religion’s Death Throes

    Godless Mom
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    Share this post on: • Facebook • Twitter • Pinterest • Google Plus • Reddit • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Email • Print 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. Our first story is short but very interesting, from Josh: My family was not very religious, and we didn’t attend a church that often until I was in High School. By then, I had already been through multiple math and science classes, and had…
  • My 5 Pet Peeves As An Atheist

    Godless Mom
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Share this post on: • Facebook • Twitter • Pinterest • Google Plus • Reddit • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Email • Print So, I dug up my old Flip cam which I thought was broken, and found out that it is not broken at all. As such, I was able to make you a way better quality video. I’m still finding my way around this YouTube thing, so any pointers you may have are very much appreciated. The song was written by my husband especially for me and we are still working on vox, since neither of us are all that great at it. I did write lyrics though and…
  • Follow Friday: An Atheist Punk, Pete Finch & Where To Get Your News

    Godless Mom
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Share this post on: • Facebook • Twitter • Pinterest • Google Plus • Reddit • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Email • Print Happy last Friday before schools starts! Wooot! Today I am releasing a much higher quality video than my previous ones, so be sure you are subscribed to me on YouTube so you can see it. Click here. You can also become my Patron on Patreon to help me make more and betterer and the bestest videos. Click here to do that. This week, I want you to follow @atheist_punk666 – this guy is a prolific meme creator and is married to drop…
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