Hitchens not amused at circumcision

Here's a discussion where a group of theologians (with Hitchens there to provide the atheist perspective) are trying to answer the question: why do bad things happen to good people? Hitchens has a very simple explanation: "religion compels people to do wicked and unforgivable things". The best part of the video is the argument between him and Rabbi Harold Kushner about circumcision. Hitchens tries to use it ...

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Prayer not part of emergency procedure.

The last thing you want to hear on a plane that has a fuel gauge malfunction is the pilot praying out loud. It's a clear sign the guy has lost his marbles. Turns out the pilot and copilot of a ATR turbo-prob aircraft which crashed at sea just off Sicily will have plenty of time to pray in jail, as both have been sentenced to 10 years for failing to follow emergency procedures. Let this be a lesson to all yo ...

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Tough Competition

MORE AT ATHEISTNATION.NETHey millionaires, stop competing against us broke-asses in the podcasting world! Seth has 100 million dollars in his bank account, and now he's breaking into my racket! Ok, I'm being melodramatic. This is great. ...

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Site update

Just a heads up that in the next few days, I'll be launching the new site, which will allow patrons access to the other show, as well as some fun exclusive material down the road. Naturally I'm not a technical expert, so you'll have to bear with me while I iron out the bugs. If you have any suggestions, now would be the time to post them. I'm always willing to listen to good ideas! ...

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Another senseless honor killing in Jordan

Every time I hear about a girl getting killed by her own family, it sends a chill down my spine. It seems inconceivable that anyone would put their loved ones in danger, and even more so that they would be their killers. Such is the reality of conservative Muslims in Jordan, where an average of 20 women a year are slain in 'honor killings'. This week, it's a 19 year old girl who was beaten to death by her f ...

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Vatican insiders still frustrated by Pope

I often say the Catholic Church is dangerously out of touch with reality. How could they not be; here is an institution that still clings to most of its doctrinal roots dating back fourteen centuries. They are now stuck with one of the worst Popes in recent history, who seems so isolated from reality he can't even be bothered to notice what everyone is saying about him. The biggest threat they face are the ...

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How to lose friends and alienate nations

I could forgive the United States for their hubris in thinking they are the most powerful country in the world. In terms of military might, this I have no doubt. But to turn around and spit in our faces after almost 200 Canadian soldiers have given up their lives trying to clean up the mess they started in Afghanistan is too much to bear. Look closely at your own behavior. See how you alienate those who wou ...

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Atheist Pride Day

I received an invite on Facebook to join Atheist Pride Day, which is just another version of the 'Out Campaign' for atheism, and it includes the big scarlet 'A' that Richard Dawkins has popularized. I'm fine with the idea of showing pride in atheism, but I'm not really down with how this particular campaign is being handled. I guess I hate the idea of an image or symbol. From a design point of view, I find ...

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Nightline to debate the existence of Satan

It's funny how little TV time atheists actually get. You would think we made bad guests or something. Nightline is having a debate on the existence of Satan, and the only people engaged in this discussion are ones who have no real understanding of the natural world. The 'No' side has Deepak Chopra, the New Age moron who thinks nature had to be intelligently designed because of its complexity. Also on the No ...

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