Bertrand Russell was the man

Keep in mind this interview is from 1959, a time when very few people would have dared be so honest about their lack of belief in God. I can't even imagine how influential he must have been to many aspiring atheists; I'm sure our whole movement owes a great deal of gratitude to this intellectual giant. Also, don't you love his wacky "mad scientist" hairdo? It's fucking badass. (props to Unreasonable Faith f ...

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Borders has no balls

The quest to rid ourselves of religious oppression and control had a bit of a blow recently. The secular-humanist magazine Free Inquiry was told by Borders Books & Music their April/May issue will not be stocked in stores due to the reprinting of controversial cartoons depicting Muhammad first published in Denmark. Borders claims they are simply trying to protect their employees and customers from harm. ...

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Rick Warren wants $900,000 in 2 days

Apparently God is broke, since in the news today Pastor Rick Warren called on his flock to donate an extra $900,000 to make up for a serious shortfall in the Church's income. The recession hit everyone pretty hard according to Rick, which means regular tithers have opted to keep money for food rather than for the church. Warren has sent out a letter encouraging those who were not affected by the crisis to i ...

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Thank Science and get a gold star!

Ok, here's a cool little website my girlfriend showed me just the other day I thought you guys might get a kick out of. It's called ohmyscience.org, and it basically reads Twitter feeds and replaces the word "God" with "Science" (as in, Oh My Science, did you see the size of that guy's eyebrows?). It also gives out a gold star every time someone says "Thank Science" (or some variation of this theme) on thei ...

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Smithsonian gives shitty creationist movie the boot

The more evidence we gather showing the truth about evolution, the more vitriolic creationists get. Recently they tried to sneak a shitty "documentary" called Darwin's Dilemma into the Smithsonian's IMAX theater, but they were smacked down when the California Science Center used a special clause in the contract to cancel their engagement. The Discovery Institute is now trying to sue the CSC for not allowing ...

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Another honor killing in Germany

A few hundred years ago, when the world was a vastly different place, the slaughter of young women for the preservation of honor was a common occurrence. In strongly patriarchal societies, women were seen as disposable, and for cultures obsessed with their honor and reputation, honor killings became a way for families to regain social currency. If you had the stones to murder your daughter for almost no rea ...

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Apparently the Crusades weren’t even that bad!

Excusing the Crusades and Inquisition is as simple as mentally separating the actions of your church from the values they supposedly espouse to. We're all sinners in their eyes, so it can't be helped that even men of the cloth committed terrible atrocities. If you're not convinced from this line of reasoning, you aren't alone, which makes the following video quite painful to watch. Here we have a group of y ...

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LAPD no longer affiliated with Boy Scouts

According to the Boy Scouts of America, you can't camp in the woods with their little troop if you're gay, agnostic or an atheist. That was kosher 20 years ago, but now that these groups are "out of the closet", the BSA is starting to look like the bigoted small minded institution it really is. The Los Angeles Police Department, which had a program with the group since 1962 to help encourage kids to explore ...

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The Story of Elisha done right

Remember that weird Bible story about how God killed a bunch of little kids for making fun of prophet Elisha's baldness? They don't exactly teach this gem during Sunday school, that's for damn sure. Well, seems like someone made a pretty awesome video exposing this story for the twisted shit it really is, so enjoy! (props to Frank for the find) ...

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Back to regular bloggin tomorrow!

Hey gang, just a heads up now that the vacation is over (mostly), and I'm happy to report blogging will be back to normal tomorrow. I'm taking the day off to recoup from all the Christmas fun, so see you all in the 'morrow. In the meantime, if you want to let me know how your holiday went, don't be shy to leave a comment and tell everybody what you were up to! ...

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