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  • We Need More Liberals Willing to Critique Islam, Says Ex-Muslim Leader

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    Hemant Mehta
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    The American Humanist Association just uploaded several videos from its recent conference in Denver. I’ll post a few of them over the next day or so, but the crown jewel so far has to be Sarah Haider‘s speech about the necessity of liberal critiques of Islam.Haider, who works with Ex-Muslims of North America, wrote a guest post for this site last year rebutting arguments made by Reza Aslan that I thought was just fantastic.She’s already getting some rave reviews:Sarah Haider is my new hero. She should be yours too: http://t.co/UN5fkwKsBw @exmuslimsofna— Sam…
  • An Atheist’s Open Letter to Those Praying for His Son

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    Kevin Davis
    26 May 2015 | 9:04 pm
    As many of my readers have noticed, I haven’t posted anything in about a month.  That’s because on April 27, my life got exponentially busier, when my wife went into preterm labor and delivered our son 12 weeks early.  Grayson now lays in the local neonatal intensive care unit, where he’s been since he was born.  He’s doing well and continues to grow and gain weight, but the experience has been draining — physically, emotionally, and financially.  As things normalize and he comes home, activity on DividedUnderGod.com will resume and most likely increase,…
  • Young People Aren’t Leaving Christianity Just Because They’re Apathetic About Faith

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    Hemant Mehta
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Adam Ford, a Christian cartoonist, made this comic that I’ve seen several people sharing online:The full strip is here and you should read the whole thing to understand his perspective.In short, it acknowledges what the studies have been showing: Christianity is losing people while the “Nones” are growing. But Ford suggests that the shift has everything to do with people who never really cared about religion one way or another — the “cultural” Christians — and simply use whatever label is most convenient at the time.There’s probably some truth…
  • Humanist Marriage "Demonic?" - Angry Christian Rails Against Humanism — This Atheist’s Polite Response Is Perfect

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

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    Hemant Mehta
    29 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    I don’t know what to do. Maybe someone out there can help me out?Last night, my personal Facebook account was hacked. I went through the site’s security protocol and regained access to my account this morning.But it looks like whoever got into my account removed both me and my co-administrator from the Friendly Atheist Facebook page. While it looks like the spam has stopped posting, we can’t access it at all. This is a page we’ve spent a lot of time developing and have even purchased ads for. It has nearly 100,000 subscribers right now.I’ve reported the page as…
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  • An Exposé of the Dishonesty and Hypocrisy of Jeff Lowder

    John W. Loftus
    29 May 2015 | 12:58 pm
    I must keep this short, so I want to say from the outset that Jeff Lowder is a valued atheist intellectual, even if I'm right about everything I write below. I am most grateful that he used his B.A. degree in computer science to co-create Internet Infidels, a huge repository of scholarly essays debating the merits of religious propositions. But Jeff Lowder and I have had a series of fights, which I wrote about previously in An Open Letter to Jeffery Jay Lowder. Anyone interested should read that post. We made a bit of a truce for a time then it started bursting out in the last few months.
  • Received, Jerry Coyne's New Book "Faith vs. Fact"

    John W. Loftus
    26 May 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Yesterday I received Jerry Coyne's sure to be a classic book, Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. I'm loving it!Since his book is such a bestseller I also appreciate his high endorsement of the Outsider Test for Faith. He described it and wrote, "This rational and quasi-scientific approach is promoted by the ex-preacher John Loftus...Given that beliefs matter, the wisdom of this approach is unquestionable. But if it's used honestly, its outcome is inevitable." (pp. 85-86)
  • Socrates Would Not Be Recognized As a Philosopher So Why Should We Recognize Jeff Lowder?

    John W. Loftus
    26 May 2015 | 7:52 pm
    I'm opposed to Jeffery Jay Lowder claiming he's a philosopher, which he does. This is a screenshot of his Twitter profile claiming he's a Philosopher of Religion. He only has a B.A. in Computer Science earned in 1995 from Seattle Pacific University. I have a great deal more qualifications to claim I'm a philosopher, but I don't do so. It's for others to say, and they say that of me once-in-a-while. I rarely even see a real philosopher claim he/she's a philosopher. It's an accolade others bestow on you, and/or given to you by the university you teach at. So Lowder is arrogant to say so. It…
  • All Religions Cannot Be Right

    John W. Loftus
    26 May 2015 | 4:10 pm
  • Professor Brian Cox On Ridicule

    John W. Loftus
    26 May 2015 | 3:05 pm
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  • A Duggar Family Response to the Child Molestation Scandal, Courtesy of Funny or Die

    Hemant Mehta
    29 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar *finally* responded in some depth to the allegations that their son Josh molested his sisters severals years ago:I’m just shocked they decided to do it at Funny or Die…It’s never good when a parody is that close to reality, right?(via JT Eberhard)
  • In Swing States, Christians are Fading and Nones are Rising

    Hemant Mehta
    29 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Maybe if we keep giving politicians reason to pay attention to those of us without religion, some of them (hi, Bernie Sanders!) will take the hint.Using the Pew Research Center’s 2007 Religious Landscape survey and their own 2014 American Values Atlas, the Public Religion Research Institute took a look at the religious demographic changes in the political swing states.They found that, down the line, every state is losing Christians and gaining people without religion.Okay, so the religious still have a *huge* leg up in every state… but we’re slowly gaining on them. In the…
  • We Need More Liberals Willing to Critique Islam, Says Ex-Muslim Leader

    Hemant Mehta
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    The American Humanist Association just uploaded several videos from its recent conference in Denver. I’ll post a few of them over the next day or so, but the crown jewel so far has to be Sarah Haider‘s speech about the necessity of liberal critiques of Islam.Haider, who works with Ex-Muslims of North America, wrote a guest post for this site last year rebutting arguments made by Reza Aslan that I thought was just fantastic.She’s already getting some rave reviews:Sarah Haider is my new hero. She should be yours too: http://t.co/UN5fkwKsBw @exmuslimsofna— Sam…
  • Locked Out of My Own Facebook Page… Please Help?

    Hemant Mehta
    29 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    I don’t know what to do. Maybe someone out there can help me out?Last night, my personal Facebook account was hacked. I went through the site’s security protocol and regained access to my account this morning.But it looks like whoever got into my account removed both me and my co-administrator from the Friendly Atheist Facebook page. While it looks like the spam has stopped posting, we can’t access it at all. This is a page we’ve spent a lot of time developing and have even purchased ads for. It has nearly 100,000 subscribers right now.I’ve reported the page as…
  • Young People Aren’t Leaving Christianity Just Because They’re Apathetic About Faith

    Hemant Mehta
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Adam Ford, a Christian cartoonist, made this comic that I’ve seen several people sharing online:The full strip is here and you should read the whole thing to understand his perspective.In short, it acknowledges what the studies have been showing: Christianity is losing people while the “Nones” are growing. But Ford suggests that the shift has everything to do with people who never really cared about religion one way or another — the “cultural” Christians — and simply use whatever label is most convenient at the time.There’s probably some truth…
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  • ‘Historic’ Ruling States That Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Isn’t Sex Ed - Ya Think???

    Bertold Brautigan
    14 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    OK, so this isn't strictly speaking atheist news, but it could be a small bite out of religious idiocy. In a decision that’s being hailed as “historic,” a judge in California has ruled that health classes focusing exclusively on telling students to remain abstinent until marriage fall short of the state’s comprehensive sex ed requirements. In his opinion, Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald Black concludes that, given the high rates of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy in the U.S., medically accurate sexual health information is “an important public…
  • Previously Unpublished Interview with The Hitch

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

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

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

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

  • Atlas Shrugged: Natural Capital

    Adam Lee
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter I In spite of Ayn Rand’s professed hatred for nature, we’ve already seen that Galt’s Gulch is a place of improbable natural beauty. This section further emphasizes that, as John Galt and Dagny continue their tour: A stretch of violent turquoise blue split the cliffs ahead, ending the road; it [Read More...]
  • The Hidden Garden of Ex-Muslim Atheists

    Adam Lee
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    While I don’t believe there’s anything like a law that good and evil have to be in balance, the headlines of the past few months seem to give that impression. Even as the countries of the West shed their theocratic past and progresses toward a brighter and more secular future, there’s never been a blacker [Read More...]
  • Ireland Says Yes to Equality

    Adam Lee
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Last week, Ireland held a referendum on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, and the good guys won a landslide victory: Some 62% of the Irish Republic’s electorate voted in favour of gay marriage. The result means that a republic once dominated by the Catholic church ignored the instructions of its cardinals and bishops. The huge [Read More...]
  • Atlas Shrugged: Fiat Motors

    Adam Lee
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter I Dagny and John Galt set off on their tour of the valley. They drop Quentin Daniels off at Midas Mulligan’s house (“the only one built two stories high, an odd combination of fortress and pleasure resort, with stout granite walls and broad, open terraces”), then drive on: Abruptly, behind [Read More...]
  • The Hypocrisy of Tolerance at the Touro Synagogue

    Adam Lee
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m on vacation this week in New England. Yesterday I visited the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island – the oldest Jewish synagogue in North America, dating back to the colonial era. It was founded by Jews fleeing a long history of persecution in Europe: first the Alhambra Decree expelling them from Spain, then the [Read More...]
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  • Tuh tan Tobay

    25 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    By freeatlast ~ At the grocery store in the canned goods aisle, I hear a young voice, “Deedus duvs me, dis I no!” and then I see her as her mother rolls the grocery cart around the corner. A little girl with pigtails and conviction, she glares at me with blue eyes, as if daring me to disagree with her. “Des, Deedus duvs me! Da bibul dels me so!” And so Christianity spawns another evangelist, this one with lace socks and pink sandals. Not even three years old, she can recite the party line that already lines the grooves of her cerebrum: Some important guy named Jesus, who is strong,…
  • True Lies

    25 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    By Carl S. ~ One thing I find out when talking to believers: they aren't interested in truth. About the most disconcerting thing you could ask a believer is, “How do you know that what you believe is true?” The usual non-thought-out answer is, of course, “Because it's in the bible.” To which we might mention, “Just because it's in the bible, that doesn't make it true.” Strangely, all believers claim to possess the truth, while asserting that all one has to do is give in to blindly believing to have it. (This reminds me of an encounter I had with a Christian man, shortly after the…
  • Our Father Who Is In Hell

    25 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    By Carl S. ~ It was Sigmund Freud who first proposed that we as children get our idea of "God" through experiences with our fathers. In Freud's day this might have applied. My father's father, as my mother said, was a stern head of family who ruled with an iron hand, beating his children with a cat-o-nine-tails, a description of which alone frightened me. If my dad got his idea of God from his father, we couldn’t know, since he never discussed religion with us. (I suspect churches believe Freud about his interpretation. They encourage fathers to be considerate, strong, and loving to their…
  • The 8th day Ventriloquists

    25 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    By Anne R Keye ~ Hello dear Atheists and Agnostics. I am not here to proselytise but to introduce you to the new christian denomination called the "8th day Ventriloquists"What is an 8th day Ventriloquist?An 8th day ventriloquist believes that somehow jesus is gods son who isn't god but who is him by not being him. We acknowledge this by inserting our arm into the rectum of a dummy and sliding it onto our left hand. We then talk to our personal dummy jesus who is our best friend and advisor by controlling the mouthpiece. For example, "Hello jesus, what day is it?" and The dummy jesus replies…
  • Christianity

    25 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    By Carl S ~ Ask any believer, "What exactly do you mean by the word Christian?" You are likely to get as various answers as there are repliers, often disagreeing with each other. And maybe this is because everybody you ask assumes the answer is obvious, as in the popular vernacular of "you know what I mean?" However, as my sixth grade teacher said, if you can't explain it in your own words, you really don’t understand it. So, what really defines "Christian" and "Christianity?"To begin with, we have to, for the moment, leave "Jesus" out of it. For one thing, scholars themselves cannot agree…
 
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    Atheist Revolution

  • How to Create Safe Spaces Online

    Jack Vance
    28 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    "Safe spaces" is a term that has generated some controversy among atheists and freethinkers because of some of the ways it has been misapplied. But in at least one respect, everybody needs safe spaces. We all need to be able to get away from the stresses and strains of our daily lives, even if only for a moment, to regroup and get our heads together. Of course, there is a vast difference between cultivating one's personal safe space and attempting to turn shared public spaces into "safe spaces" where one expects to be completely free from hurt feelings of any sort.In this post, I am going to…
  • Helping Atheist Teens

    Jack Vance
    27 May 2015 | 3:39 am
    Back when I was a teenager and struggling to come to terms with the inescapable realization that I no longer believed in gods, the world was a very different place than it is today. I wasn't sure what atheism was. I had never even heard of anyone in the U.S. openly identifying themselves as an atheist. I had no idea that there were many others out there who had similar doubts about what they had been raised to believe.Thanks to the Internet and other changes, no teenager is going to have that experience today as they transition from religious believer to atheist. And yet, I cannot help…
  • Bad Acts Motivated By Religion

    Jack Vance
    26 May 2015 | 3:13 am
    Fans protest Michael Jackson's innocence in the child molestation scandal in 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If you were keeping a file in which to store all the evidence pointing to the harm caused by religion, it would have overflowed long ago. While it is true that many bad acts - even some of those committed in the name of religion - do not necessarily require religion (e.g., sexual abuse), it is difficult to deny that religious belief, religious institutions, and religious privilege often exacerbate them by leading friends, family, church congregants, and even strangers to look the other…
  • Bishop: The Catholic Church Will Outlive the Victims of Its Crimes

    Jack Vance
    25 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    The Big Miner at Ballarat in Victoria, Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As many of you are probably aware, the Catholic church is under fire once again for...well...the usual reason. Australia is the location this time, and hearings are underway to uncover the scope of their crimes and subsequent efforts to conceal them. The Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse has been holding public hearings to evaluate claims put forward by survivors of child sexual abuse perpetrated at Catholic institutions.The news coming out of these hearings so far is beyond appalling,…
  • Judge Not Lest Ye Be Duggared

    Jack Vance
    24 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    Judge not, that ye be not judged.For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?Matthew 7:1-3 (KJV)To be sure, there is plenty of cruelty and violence, injustice, intolerance of others, and misogyny in the book Christians insist is "holy." Those who claim that this ancient set of writings provides a guide for moral living today clearly haven't read it for themselves. But it must be acknowledged that there are…
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    Divided Under God

  • An Atheist’s Open Letter to Those Praying for His Son

    Kevin Davis
    26 May 2015 | 9:04 pm
    As many of my readers have noticed, I haven’t posted anything in about a month.  That’s because on April 27, my life got exponentially busier, when my wife went into preterm labor and delivered our son 12 weeks early.  Grayson now lays in the local neonatal intensive care unit, where he’s been since he was born.  He’s doing well and continues to grow and gain weight, but the experience has been draining — physically, emotionally, and financially.  As things normalize and he comes home, activity on DividedUnderGod.com will resume and most likely increase,…
  • A Christian Flag at City Hall? That Doesn’t Fly in the US

    Kevin Davis
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Image source wgxa.tv Apparently you don’t have to read the Constitution in order to serve as a government official.  According to WGXA News in Cochran, GA, the local city council voted 5 to 1 to fly a Christian flag outside its city hall, disregarding the First Amendment and the oodles of church-state separation lawsuits that have been decided over the past century.  That same day, the city’s attorney advised them against it and it was taken down.  Despite the advice of the attorney, the council held another vote that evening, which was also decided 5 to 1, to keep the flag…
  • Good News Club Discovers It’s Harder to Intimidate Adults than Children

    Kevin Davis
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Image courtesy ceffm.org If you’ve heard of the Good News Club, a fundamentalist Christian evangelical club for elementary school kids, you’re most likely securely planted on one side of the fence or the other.  You either think the GNC is great for kids, or you realize its tactics are vile and damaging to the self-esteem of children and want them removed from public schools. Public schools you say? That’s right.  In 2001, Child Evangelism Fellowship, the parent company of the GNC, won a Supreme Court case allowing them to operate their Christian clubs in public schools,…
  • Republican Congresswoman From WA Asks for Obamacare Horror Stories on Facebook… And Then Becomes One

    Kevin Davis
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Virtually everyone who posts something online wants it to go viral.  I’ll be the first to admit it.  It has happened to me in the past, and it’s exhilarating.  Watching your hit counter skyrocket, seeing the Facebook likes and Twitter retweets pile in, hearing that something you write is ranked #1 on Reddit… it can make a person forgo a night’s sleep, just to keep hitting “refresh” and watch the numbers climb.  A few days ago, a Republican Congresswoman from Washington state, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, went viral. She posted a graphic on her Facebook…
  • Setting the Record Straight About Young Skeptics

    Kevin Davis
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    On February 2nd, a Christian website, eternalplanner.com, published a video podcast called “Evangelical Christians React to Young Skeptics After School Club.”  In the video’s description, it read, “What should our stance be toward secular clubs like Young Skeptics, which teach evolution to young people?  The creators of Young Skeptics clearly have a goal to convert children to atheism.”  As a co-founder and the Communications Director for Young Skeptics, I responded to the owner of the site with this comment: After a brief online discussion, Rob invited me…
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  • Truth Seeking

    19 May 2015 | 6:40 pm
    In a courtroom, neither the prosecution nor the defense are trying to discover the truth. They are trying to make their narrative of what happened as convincing as possible to the jury. Back when Serial was a thing, I remember an episode in which they broke down the location of the cell phone used by the guy who was later convicted of murder. They did this by looking at which cell towers the phone pinged throughout the day. This data was used by the prosecution, placing the phone at or near the crime scene when the crime was committed...but the data wasn’t used transparently. The phone…
  • Sin or Die

    12 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Is incest a sin? If you are representative of my primary audience you are probably saying “no.” Nothing is a sin. Sin isn’t a thing. However, think about it from a believer’s perspective...is incest a sin? I did a small, informal poll and 9 out of 10 Christians believe incest is a sin. That means one of two things to the Christian faith in particular. Let’s look at the possibilities.EitherGod has set up at least two situations in which his creations had to sin in order to not go extinct. Of course, I’m referencing Adam and Eve giving birth to children who then had to have sex with…
  • The Save My Soul Via Government-Run Gambling Challenge

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:27 pm
    The religious ask me from time to time what would convince me that God exists. I have written about various ways that I would be convinced, but they all lack in detail and specifics. Today I’m offering one example of exactly what would convince me in a challenge that would likely save my soul, be compelling to readers of my blog, and almost certainly make the news as a story that would be picked up by Christians everywhere.The steps you, the believer, must take:Ask your God for the winning Mega Millions lotto numbers for Tuesday, 5-5-15.Give me the numbers privately.I’ll take it from…
  • The Subjective Scope of the Natural

    13 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    God, or any sufficiently powerful supernatural entity (if such a being exists), could have designed us to operate miraculously. We could see through pores in our skin, hear via golden halos, and float from place to place--all without any mechanism for how our bodies function. Instead we have a naturally comprehensible biology of which we have a deep understanding. Why would God make us, and all organisms, in such a way when he could have just as easily made magic-powered life?I wonder why God, if he exists, would make the workings of anything subject to human discovery. I say anything, but…
  • The Tipping Doubt

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Mary Baker EddyThe last god I believed in was the version of Jesus seen through the eyes of Mary Baker Eddy, an American women who attributed overcoming health issues to faith healing after homeopathic “medicine” failed her. The religion she founded, called Christian Science, framed sin and sickness as errors of thought and framed thought as an expression of Mind, Soul, or Spirit--all of which she considered synonyms for God. Jesus was considered the first and ultimate Christian Science practitioner, a skill and awareness he passed on to his disciples, who also healed the sick in the…
 
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  • Archbishop of Dublin: The Devil Caused The Church Sex Scandals In Order To Legalize Gay Marriage

    Andrew Hall
    26 May 2015 | 4:41 pm
    DUBLIN - In the wake of Ireland's vote to legalize gay marriage throughout the republic Johnathan Swift, the archbishop of Dublin, has publicly gone on the record to say that the Devil caused the Church sex abuse scandal in order to legalize gay marriage.Speaking candidly in his office in St Mary's Cathedral, the Catholic Church's top man in Ireland shook his head in disbelief at how the Irish electorate turned its back on centuries of Church doctrine and chose not to be fixated on what consenting adults choose to do with his or her genitalia. "Jesus Christ, it was bound to happen. Once we…
  • 2016 Presidential Hopefuls

    Andrew Hall
    22 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    The Mad Hatter:the most misunderstoodRepublican candidate.I promise not to focus on the 2016 presidential race too much. There's enough faith-based insanity to satirize here in the States and abroad to focus exclusively on the wretched state of politics. In fact I had made a pledge to myself to wait until the race gets started in earnest before writing anything on the topic.All that fell apart when I brought my son to see Avengers: Age of Ultron. We both enjoyed the movie quite a bit. However, I wasn't 100% engaged in the explosions and chaos. I kept on thinking You know, I bet Ultron could…
  • Talking To My Kids About God In Seven Pictures

    Andrew Hall
    16 May 2015 | 1:43 pm
    I was talking to someone the other day and the topic came up on God and what we as parents tell our kids about God. And I recited my policy on the Almighty. I've told my kids the following since day one. We have had no negative consequences due to this policy.My goal has been to tell my kids the truth in an age appropriate way.OK, maybe in a truthful and funny age appropriate way.Subscribe to Laughing In Purgatory
  • Prank Calling A Gay Conversion Camp

    Andrew Hall
    11 May 2015 | 6:49 am
    I don't laugh a whole lot. Sure, there is chuckling here and there and possibly the occasional That's really funny thought that goes through my head, but when I'm consuming comedy I find myself deconstructing it way too much. A long time ago two of my friends were writing/drawing a comic book and asked me what I thought. I read it, put it down on the table and calmly told them it was funny. (It was supposed to be funny.) Even though I meant it, my response let the air out of their collective zeppelin (the comic had a zeppelin in it).The video below is really funny. Check it out. Subscribe to…
  • Koch Brothers Accuse Bernie Sanders Of Being A Puppet To BIG Maple

    Andrew Hall
    6 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    From our sister blog, The Newest Newsy NewsBernie Sanders: a slave to big sucrose?Andrew Kannard, official spokesperson for the Koch Industries Incorporated Action Committee (KochPAC), called a news conference where Vermont Senator and Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders was accused of being a pawn of the maple syrup industry.For twenty minutes accusations were hurled at Senator Sanders that included:Secretly supporting the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association clandestine operations (code named Black Maple) to undermine and destroy Quebec's (their arch rival and world's largest producer of…
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    Untempered Intellect

  • Albert Einstein Documentary HD

    Neno December
    12 May 2015 | 6:08 am
  • Review: Manifesto of the Communist Party

    Neno December
    10 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The Manifesto of the Communist Party was drafted by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels in 1847 and published at the end of February 1848. It is a short booklet consisting of twenty-three pages subdivided into a preamble and four sections. It is considered to be one of the most widely read works of Marx and Engels as wells as the most effective piece of literature among the modern working class movement.The first section of the Manifesto, "Bourgeoisie and Proletarians", outlines the historical beginnings of capitalism. The authors assign the bourgeoisie (those who own the means of production)…
  • Intelligence Squared Debates: GMO's

    Neno December
    9 May 2015 | 6:50 am
  • After Its Own "Kind" = ?????

    Neno December
    7 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    Creationists tend to use the term kind as a valid taxonomic category. So what do they mean by kind? In an article that first appeared in Creation Research Society Quarterly, F. L. Marsh writes:"The descriptions of kinds in Genesis I give us ground for hypothesizing that the individuals of any particular Genesis kind would have chemistries sufficiently alike to make them fertileinter se, but sufficiently different to make them incompatible with individuals of every other kind. If this hypothesis is valid, then ability to cross would demonstrate membership in the same basic…
  • Global Flood vs Reality: Flood Myths are Just Myths

    Neno December
    2 May 2015 | 5:48 am
    Young earth creationists such as Henry Morris believe that one of the strongest pieces of evidence for a global flood is the presence of over two hundred flood legends found from around the world (seems like they would have to since there is no physical evidence). They claim that such an event must have happened because all these myths are essentially describing the same event. In a ridiculous article entitled Why Does Nearly Every Culture Have a Tradition of a Global Flood? Henry Morris writes, “The only credible way to understand the widespread, similar flood legends is to…
 
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  • Superstitious Atheist!

    Godless Mom
    29 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Here are a few superstitions I still have as an atheist. Do you still have superstitions? Which ones? Let me know in the comments! If you enjoy my blog and videos, consider becoming my Patron. All Patron donations go towards hosting, domain names, and more time creating. Click here. The post Superstitious Atheist! appeared first on Godless Mom.
  • Atheist Life Hacks: How To Bathe Rescue Dogs In The Jungle

    Godless Mom
    28 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    In 2007, I sold everything I owned (except my collection of books) and moved to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. My parents and brother were already living in PDC, and Godless Dad was to join me soon after I got there. I packed up my pup in a giant crate, and bit my nails through a flight with him in the cargo. This was probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do. It had been me and him vs. the world for so long. We were an inseparable pair – we still are going on 14 years – and putting him in cargo churned my stomach. When I landed in Cancun, I sprinted to the baggage area and…
  • No, You’re Wrong, It Isn’t Futile

    Godless Mom
    27 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    Every day, I find myself in a debate with a theist about the existence of God or the reason I am an atheist. Every day, I present the same arguments. Every day, atheists see those arguments and feel the need to comment, saying, “It’s futile. Your arguments are good, but they are falling on deaf ears.” Every day, I respond to them and explain how it is absolutely not futile and that such a claim is as absurd as God existing in the first place. Let me tell you why. First, I’m not arguing with that specific theist with the hopes of changing that specific theist’s…
  • When God Gives You A Smartphone

    Godless Mom
    26 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    God bothering parents are always the best source of comic relief, if you can suspend your disgust at the abhorrent things they teach their children. I mean, the way they just draw God into everything like your comic-obsessed ex-boyfriend who started every conversation with, “If you could have any superpower, what would it be?”. This morning, I found a devotional Daddy who decided it was time to explain to his teenager why God hands out iPhones. In the form a letter to a teenager unboxing their first smartphone, Daddy Divine, starts: God Has a Purpose for Your Phone That is…
  • Every Atheist Needs: God Loves Uganda

    Godless Mom
    25 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    This is probably one of the most heart-wrenching films I’ve ever watched. If you can get through it without shedding a tear, I applaud your commitment to stoicism… God Loves Uganda is a documentary film that was released in January 2013. The film follows the connection between evangelical Christianity in the US and Canada and the anti-LGBT movement in Uganda. In Uganda, the anti-LGBT movement has resulted in the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act. It has been proposed that the death penalty be the punishment for homosexuality under this act. It’s dangerous to be a homosexual in…
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