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How Billionaire Lawfare Threatens Free Speech

I didn’t have a strong opinion on Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Media for posting his sex tape, until I found out that Peter Thiel was secretly funding it. (You may remember him as the billionaire libertarian who’s against democracy in general and women’s suffrage in particular.) Thiel has held a grudge against Gawker since [Read More...]

In Singapore, Teen Atheist In Trouble Once Again for “Wounding Religious Feelings” Online

Last year, 16-year-old Singaporean YouTuber Amos Yee was arrested and convicted of “wounding religious feelings” and “obscenity” after he made a video mocking Christianity and Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kwan Yew. Though he wasShow More Summary

Head of German Protestant Church Wants to See Islam Taught in Nation’s Schools. Should It Be?

I don't have the answers, but I sure have a lot of questions.Should all pupils in Germany's state schools get educated in the tenets of Islam? If so, what version of Islam is the correct one that schoolchildren must internalize? Sunni...Show More Summary

After Jehovah’s Witnesses Try to Convert Grieving Woman, She Knocks on Their Door for Answers

Jean Sergent-Shadbolt's roommate, Michael Boyes, died a few months ago. She was devastated, as you might imagine. And she said as much to a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses, who knocked on her door a few weeks later.But the New Zealander...Show More Summary

Some Cities in the West Now Bow to the Religious With Gender-Segregated Swimming in Public Pools

On most Saturday mornings, I take my youngest daughter to the Y for swim class. While she’s in the water, I sit on the bleachers and watch her, and chat with other parents.Doing so makes me a perv in the eyes of some Muslim men. Or at least, they object to my presence when their daughters or wives are in the water, too. Show More Summary

Why Did This School Board Chair Brag About Hiring Principals Who “Loved the Lord”?

Earlier this month, during a worship service at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale church, Dr. Rosalind Osgood, the chair of Florida's Broward County school board, got up on stage and asked the crowd to pray for the students and staff.That in itself may not be a problem, but she went on to say something that makes me question the hiring process in her District:

Dear News Media, These Richard Dawkins Stories Aren’t Stories

If Richard Dawkins found Jesus, that would be a story.If Dawkins said he no longer accepted evolution, that would be a story.This is not a story, Christian Post:

The Most Common Misconception About Atheism

There are many misconceptions about atheism floating around out there. It seems to me that the most harmful of them is probably the insistence of many religious believers that we atheists cannot be good people without believing in their preferred god(s). Show More Summary

Another Compilation of Steven Pinker’s Best Arguments and Comebacks

Sweet! Here's another compilation of Steven Pinker's best arguments and comebacks.

Atheist Rapper Ensomniak’s Latest Song: “Angel Dust”

Atheist rapper Ensomniak is back with his latest song!It's called "Angel Dust" and it's all about how we must let go of our religious past, letting angels turn into angel dust.

The Problem with the Saying “There Are No Atheists in Foxholes”

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the problem with the saying "There are no atheists in foxholes." (Note: We had a couple of microphone glitches, so the sound is strange in a couple of sections.)

In Old Video, a Former Producer of The 700 Club Sheds Disturbing Light on Pat Robertson

Atheists United, a group based in Los Angeles, has been uploading a lot of old lectures onto YouTube. One that caught my eye was given by Gerard Straub.Straub was a former producer of Pat Robertson's The 700 Club but it wasn't long before...Show More Summary

Texas Militia Group Dips Bullets in Bacon Grease or Pig’s Blood To Fight the Coming Muslim Takeover

Why would you dip a perfectly good round of ammo in bacon grease or the blood of a pig? It's simple for these members of a Dallas-area militia:"So that when you shoot a Muslim, they'll go straight to hell. That's what they believe in their religion."

Mother Whose Son Fell Into the Cincinnati Zoo Gorilla Enclosure Says “God Protected My Child”

By now, you've probably heard about how a three-year-old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday (perhaps of his own accord, since he went "under the rail, through wires and over the moat wall").17-year-old, 400-lb gorilla Harambe dragged the boy around for a while before eventually getting shot dead by zoo officials. Show More Summary

Canadian Parents on Trial for Letting Their Diabetic Son Die; Guess Why They Ignored Doctors?

Even though Alex Radita was diagnosed with diabetes at age 3, his parents did nothing for him. Emil and Rodica Radita refused to accept the diagnosis, which also meant they refused to treat it. Over the next dozen years, as Alex's condition worsened, he still didn't get any insulin.He eventually died at the age of 15. He weighed only 37 pounds.

Muslim Cleric Says All Photography Is a Sin — And There’s No Exception For Cat Pictures

Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan, a member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, doesn't like photos. Taking pictures is haram, he decreed recently, as he was trying to wrap his head especially around pet photography -- and finding it evil.

A Student’s Christian Prayer at Graduation Last Year Means No Formal Prayer For Anyone This Year

When the students at Pottsgrove High School in Pennsylvania have their graduation ceremony in a couple of weeks, a formal prayer won't be part of the program. And for that, we can thank a student who led the audience in a very explicitly Christian prayer last year:

Parishioners Sic a Private Eye On Their Priest To Dig For Evidence of Gayness and Corruption

The Miami parish and Catholic school of St. Rose of Lima appears to be falling apart, due to explosive allegations against its priest, Father Pedro Corces.A group of parents calling themselves Christifidelis, fed up with what they see as improper and possible criminal behavior by Corces, decided to hire a private investigator to spy on him. Show More Summary

When Words Lead to Violence

Assault is a criminal offense. I happen to think that is a good thing. The intentional infliction of physical harm on someone who does not wish to be harmed should be against the law. I do not expect this to be a terribly controversial idea. Show More Summary

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