TGA Podcast: Episode 310

This week, Ryan joins me for a very special 2 part episode about Scientology. First up, we discuss the early history of the church, some of its scandals, and the way it operates. We also discuss what the different elements of a cult are, and I try to break Scientology down with it. Don't miss this one! ...

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Kansas City atheists barred from participating in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Normally when you think of St. Patrick's Day, images of green beer, girls in t-shirts that say "kiss me, I'm Irish", and drunken revelers usually pop into your head. Over the decades since we've been 'observing' these liver destroying traditions, the religious elements of the holiday have generally fallen to the wayside, replaced instead with a party to celebrate the fact that Irish people exist. Hey, I'm p ...

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Another stupid Ark being built, this time in Texas

They say everything is bigger in Texas: this probably also applies to the insanity of the populace there. How else can you explain this church deciding to build their own version of Noah's Ark at the cost of a cool 5 million bucks? You might recall that there's a similar project out of Florida that's been trying to get funding from Kickstarter. After almost a month, they've managed to snag an impressive $52 ...

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Lawrence Krauss walks out of UCL debate over segregation of sexes

During a scheduled debate between Lawrence Krauss and Muslim apologist Hamza Andreas Tzortzis (he's the clown I spanked a few days ago over his supposed arguments for God), a fundamentalist group called the "Islamic Education and Research Academy" forced the students to segregate themselves according to their sex. A few students, who had decided not to observe this ridiculous custom, were being ejected for ...

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For Canada’s “Office of Religious Freedom”, non-believers don’t matter

As much as we Canadians make fun of Americans (yes, I am a Canuck, people), the truth is that our own country isn't really that much better when it comes to religious interference in government. With the Conservative party in power, it seems as though they are intent on copying the American model: in other words, they wish to turn this country into a mini-sectarian state in order to please their highly reli ...

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The Lord is Not on Trial Here

The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo. An important story about a real american atheist hero, Vashti McCollum, without whom the separation of church and state would not be what it is today. The word brave is often overused, but I can't imagine a better use of the word when referring to this woman and her family. This is a MUST SEE for every visitor of the site. No foolin'! (via At ...

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You may already own a copy of “The Essentials DVD”

Remember a few months ago when TGA launched its Bible StoriesĀ Kickstarter campaign (well, eventually it was Indiegogo, but those were heady times)? Well, one of the incentives to sign up for the more expensive packages (100$ and up) included a free copy of "The Essentials DVD". Now, I've been slowly emailing everyone on that list, but just in case I've missed you, be sure to send me an email so I can send y ...

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How to annoy your coworkers, Jesus style

You know what I love? I love it when I'm at the office, and someone vaguely familiar with their religion decides that it's their duty to try and convert me to whatever bullshit they believe in at the time. Yes, there's nothing in this world I love more than watching these people squirm when you start asking them questions their priest never really prepared them for. What's the deal with Jesus and his intens ...

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Don’t use Pro-Lifers as surrogate mothers, people!

Let me give you a nightmare scenario: because of medical complications, you and your spouse decide to employ a surrogate mother to bring your baby to term. After the massive contract fees and the cost of in vitro fertilization, the pregnancy takes and everything is hunky-dory. For a while. Then, in the 2nd trimester, an ultrasound reveals the baby is having serious development problems. The doctor concludes ...

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‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ should return…this time for religion

I've always found America's obsession with the military disturbing. First and foremost, it is heavily populated by the poorest, least educated members of society who often have little choice in joining if they hope to have an education, or even a future outside of Walmart. You always hear on TV how much respect they should be given, due to their sacrifice in 'protecting freedom'. In reality, the military is ...

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