Last April, I posted about how the Rationalists of East Tennessee had put up a billboard in Knoxville, Tennessee reading "Don't believe in God? You're not alone!" Despite the month-long contract, the billboard was removed from its location...Show More Summary
A new website has launched to help Mormons leave the Church for good. QuitMormon offers free legal representation for anyone ready to resign their membership.
A couple of weeks ago, Utah State Senator Mark B. Madsen proposed a bill -- S.B. 73, the Medical Cannabis Act -- that would allow the use of medical marijuana for patients suffering from ALS, Alzheimer's, Crohn's, epilepsy, multipleShow More Summary
I don’t know what I just watched. But I’m pretty sure I now know everything there is to know about the history of Japan. Minus some stuff. Religion makes an appearance at the 0:51 mark: Don’t do drugs, kids. (via Vox)
In the latest video for his Atheist Debates project, Matt Dillahunty discusses the messed up story of Abraham and Isaac:
Delaware Governor Jack Markell has once again issued a proclamation in honor of Darwin Day, recognize the accomplishments of Charles Darwin:
When people make a large donation to a university, they sometimes receive the opportunity to put their name on a building. On a smaller scale, too, schools will tell donors that if they make a certain-size donation, they'll get to choose the inscription that goes on a brick (or something similar). Show More Summary
On the show Christian Today, Eric Hovind and Paul F. Taylor recently posed a question to atheists: Absent Christianity, why is suicide a bad thing?The pair made the case that Christianity is what fostered the idea that suicide was wrong to begin with, citing everything from ancient Roman times to the Synod of 425 AD to prove their case. Show More Summary
It's one of those popular but illogical "gotchas" of the conservative repertoire: You must "tolerate" intolerance or you're not truly tolerant.This is illogical because it suggests an unattainable, self-defeating view of tolerance that does not at all resemble actual tolerance (or how the real world operates). Show More Summary
If you had any doubt that GOP rhetoric is ushering in another era of McCarthyism, I present you with the fruit of their efforts.On a day when the President visited a mosque and called for tolerance, the Pew Research Center released a new poll regarding Americans' beliefs about Muslims in the country. What did they find?
SB 11 is a religious freedom bill that was introduced by seven West Virginia Republican senators back in January. Under the proposed bill, only a "governmental interest of the highest magnitude that cannot otherwise be achieved without burdening the exercise of religion" would compel religious people to obey laws that violated their conscience.
Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter VIII John Galt’s massive, multi-hour speech finally comes to an end. As I mentioned earlier, because Randian protagonists have the superpower of being able to deliver gigantic monologues without interruption, everyone in the TV station is still standing in the exact same places: “It wasn’t real, was it?” said Mr. [Read More...]
The last time we heard about Harrison Mumia and his group Atheists in Kenya, he was filing a lawsuit against his country for declaring the Pope's visit a national holiday. (The lawsuit didn't go anywhere.)The reason he's in the newsShow More Summary
Have you heard the term virtue signaling? I've encountered it only recently, but the concept certainly is familiar. In this article from The Spectator, James Bartholomew takes credit for being the first to use it.I coined the phraseShow More Summary
I've posted a number of videos by Anthony Magnabosco on this site, in which he speaks to strangers about their religious beliefs for just few minutes and then deconstructs the whole conversation afterwards.He recently spoke to a Secular Student Alliance affiliate in Texas about how students could conduct effective street epistemology:
Congratulations, New Hampshire! You have overtaken Vermont as the least religious state in the country.
Lawrence Krauss makes a strong case at the New Yorker's website for why huge cash prizes -- like the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize -- aren't really helping the scientific world, and how that money could be better spent:
If you didn't believe in karma before, like me, you probably still won't -- but this would be a great example of it.A suicide bomber boarded a Somali passenger jet Tuesday and proceeded to detonate a bomb in mid-air. The blast blew a...Show More Summary
A new survey about football released by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service revealed that 73% of Americans believe coaches at public high schools should be allowed to pray to Jesus with their students.
What would you do if your daughter came home from her public school and told you her 5th grade science teacher was preaching in the classroom? What if it wasn't direct preaching but an invitation to join her at church over the weekend,...Show More Summary