Church stages kidnapping, facing charges

When your main weapon in the war of ideas is fairy-tale nonsense, I can see how some religionists might feel a little intimidated with reality. Unlike those 'heady' days in the past when any old idea passed muster so long as a man of the cloth gave it a thumbs up (like the 17th century edict that declared the beaver a fish), our modern understanding of the natural world has only served to further marginaliz ...

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Still in Washington, back on Wednesday

With the Reason Rally all wrapped up, I've decided to stay an extra day in order to visit Washington's endless museums. My guide Ashley has been awesome so far, and her hospitality cannot be overstated. I'll be posting all about the Rally and Greydon Square's after-party on my lengthy trip back to Canada-city. Tuesday's show will be moved to Wednesday, and Thursday's Bonus Show will be on the Friday, but ot ...

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Reason Rally Meetup

Judging from the forums, I'm assuming that some of you are bad at Internet stalking and still have no idea what I look like. You'll be pleased to know that my cartoon avatar is a pretty spot on representation of me in a 2D Universe, complete with smugness. I'm finishing my About Me page (it's only been 4 years, Jake...) and I'm including a picture taken by a friend of mine, Jeff Rodier. He's done tons of go ...

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Poll: Which Biblical Patriarch wins the “Worst Role Model” award?

ABRAHAM 1. Defrauds two Pharaohs (wife/sister scam) 2. Rapes, impregnates a slave girl 3. Abandons illegitimate child 4. Condemns descendants to 400 years of slavery in exchange for land 5. Attempted murder of first born son .. JACOB 1. Tricks brother out of birthright 2. Deceives father to steal brother's blessing 3. Rapes, impregnates slave girl 4. Defrauds uncle out of healthier flock 5. Assaults strange ...

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No purity tests needed for Reason Rally

With only a few days until the big event, there's a few people fuming about some of the guest speakers coming to the Reason Rally. PZ Myers is upset that Bill Maher will be there because of some of his anti-vaccination statements in the past. Also in attendance is Senator Tom Harkin, a Catholic and a believer in alternative medicine, who plans to address the crowd. Myers is convinced that the very name of t ...

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Drunk on Invisible Wine

Why not? They seem to be having a lot of weirdo fun at this big fancy tea party. It seems though that some of them forgot their dolls, and I don't see a lot of security blankets around, do you? Here's a thought: after you're done playing pretend, do you mind not trying to convince the rest of the planet that what you experienced was anything other than your imagination, please? The rest of us trying to live ...

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Reason Rally, Here I Come?

What a strange morning! I wake up to find a substantial donation in TGA's coffers, and suddenly, the event of the year, Reason Rally 2012 seems like a real possibility! Of course, this is all happening pretty quickly and if I want to make this happen, I'm going to need help. Here's the list of things I need to make next weekend happen: I need a place to crash Obviously, finding a place to crash would be a h ...

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The Genesis Code looks awful

Movie premise: a Christian girl finds her faith and her budding career as a scientist conflicting. A young hockey player, who has lost his belief in non-sense, will find his way back to magic when a group of students discover that The Bible doesn't conflict with science (even though it fucking obviously does). Liberal academics attempt to erode their faith, but luckily God wins and an old woman is disallowe ...

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Creationist files lawsuit after being laid off from NASA

For those of us not blinded by faith, Intelligent Design is nothing more that the "intellectual" leftovers of creationism. While its proponents will argue that there is no specific mention of God, once you read ID literature and listen to its defenders, a clear pattern emerges: ID is simply creationism that's been dressed up for the prom. Part of the reason ID'ers fight so hard against this creationist labe ...

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Christian Legal Fellowships and their backwards agenda for Canada

I hope there aren't any Canadians on the site foolish enough to think that abortion, gay marriage and the separation of Church and state are American issues. If only we were so lucky. Unfortunately, we have our fair share of crazies in positions of power. Take Stephen Woodworth: he's a conservative MP who is fighting to include legislation that would re-open the "debate" on abortion. Like his American count ...

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