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A Creationist is Mad at Pixar for Assuming Humans and Dinosaurs Didn’t Already Live Together

Disney/Pixar released The Good Dinosaur a few days ago, and it appears to be doing well at the box office, giving the final Hunger Games movie a run for its money. The film is all about what would have happened if an asteroid did not...Show More Summary

After Planned Parenthood Shooting, Republican Presidential Candidates Remain Silent

Even though we don't know exactly why Robert Lewis Dear walked into a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood with an "assault-style rifle" yesterday, killing one police officer and two civilians, surely you can have sympathy for the staffers...Show More Summary

Active Shooter Situation at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Police received a call Friday at 11:38a from a Planned Parenthood office on Centennial Boulevard alerting them to an active shooter situation in the area. Police arrived at the scene and advised local businesses to lock down and stay away from the windows while they searched the area for the suspect.The police department then tweeted:

Conservatives Must Acknowledge How Dangerous Their Anti-Abortion Rhetoric Really Is

It's time we acknowledge -- and time for conservatives to acknowledge -- that the radical rhetoric of the pro-life movement isn't just hyperbolic; it isn't just dishonest; it isn't just fanatical; it's dangerous.When presidential hopeful...Show More Summary

The Best Atheist Books of 2015

For the past several years, we've seen a large number of atheism-related books hit the market. Unlike the books written by the "New Atheists," however, the more recent releases aren't just about why you should stop believing in God or how religion is bad. Show More Summary

Jeff Sparrow Misses the Point: Atheism Doesn’t Need Saving

Jeff Sparrow has one of those holier-than-thou articles in The Guardian in which he goes after Richard Dawkins for his comments about Ahmed Mohamed (the kid whose clock was mistaken from a bomb), Sam Harris for saying that Ben Carson...Show More Summary

Christian Terrorism in Colorado

You probably don’t need me to fill in the details of the latest shooting rampage in gun-sick America. This time, the target was a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. After a multi-hour gun battle with police, the attacker was captured alive, but not before he’d killed a police officer and two civilians. By now, these [Read More...]

Senator Orrin Hatch: The Wall of Separation Between Church and State Must Come Down

In an essay for the Washington Times, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) explains why the separation of church and state needs to end:

An Interesting Display of Unintended Irony

This truck pulled in front of me the other day, so I took a picture. I'll just leave it here.

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 83: Ask Me Anything

Our latest podcast guest is, well, me. I answered your questions for the full episode! The questions include:– How can we help the “victims of religion”?– What are the differences between atheists who were once religious and those who...Show More Summary

Joshua Feuerstein: Let’s Punish Planned Parenthood; Abortion Doctors Must “Be Afraid for Their Life”

It was only a matter of time before a video like this came to light.Joshua Feuerstein, who gained notoriety this month for complaining about Starbucks' red cups, apparently once encouraged his followers to go after doctors who provide abortion services.To be clear, this video was made long before this weekend. Show More Summary

Ted Cruz Says Planned Parenthood Shooter Was “Transgendered Leftist Activist”

One of the few things we know about Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Lewis Dear is that he told police officers "no more baby parts" after he was captured, suggesting that he believed a myth that the Right has been perpetuating for several months now.But Ted Cruz doesn't buy that explanation. Show More Summary

No Republican Has Requested We Shut Down Evangelical Churches or Create a Pro-Lifer Registry

This is a powerful reminder of what we're not doing after the Planned Parenthood shooting, courtesy of Chemi Shalev at Haaretz:

Stop Mocking Tim Tebow for Choosing to Remain Abstinent

Tim Tebow, the NFL quarterback arguably better known for his religious convictions, was reportedly dumped by former Miss USA and Miss Universe Olivia Culpo because he wouldn't give up his virginity for her. (Because Jesus.)

Dad Who Tried to “Cure” His Sons’ Autism with Homeopathic Medicine Loses Custody of Them

In a disturbing case out of Canada (with somewhat of a happy ending, at least), a father has lost custody of his autistic children after trying to "cure" them using homeopathic medicine.

It’s Astonishing What This “Quality” U.K. Newspaper Can Get Away With Saying About a Religious Minority

Here's how columnist Giles Coren, a 22-year veteran of the London Times, announced his disgust of Jews yesterday.God, I hate Jews. I don’t think there can be a group of people on earth more convinced of their own rightness, more dismissive...Show More Summary

Exploiting the Planned Parenthood Shooting to Promote a Narrative

Supporters of Planned Parenthood (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The tendency to exploit tragedies to push our preferred political narratives seems so common these days as to be nearly universal. The political left and right both do it; political authoritarians and libertarians both do it. Show More Summary

The Satanic Temple’s Seven Tenets Are Far More Ethical Than the Ten Commandments

The Satanic Temple has "seven fundamental tenets" -- none of which would strike most people as evil in any way:

Salon Edits Out a Crucial Portion of Interview with Sam Harris

Salon published a rather thorough and (frankly) positive interview with Sam Harris the other day. Or so I thought.First, the good stuff. In his interview with Sean Illing, Harris was able to talk at length on his views instead of being cut down to the sound bites we often hear. Show More Summary

9 Inconvenient Bible Verses (for Christians)

TruthSurge has an amusing collection of Bible verses that contradict each other and may go against the ones you typically hear on a Sunday morning. The video is full of stock photos and sound effects that, somehow, makes it even more entertaining.

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