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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Experimenting with bonus radio show

I'm still trying a few different things for the bonus radio show, and I thought it might be a good idea if I made them a little more involved and personal. That's why for tonight's podcast, I'm asking you guys to suggest topics you would like Ryan and me to discuss. I figure this way, the patrons of the show will be able to play a much bigger role in dictating the pace and subjects you would like to hear ou ...

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Watch your dicks, fellas

Here's a little article courtesy of Boing Boing about the hysteria over 'penis thieves' in Africa. If you've never heard about it, it's the modern equivalent of a witch hunt. It usually starts when panic is stirred up when baseless accusations are launched at undesirables. The whole thing usually ends up with a few deaths caused by an angry and frightened mob. It's an old superstition dating back to ancient ...

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Does it take faith to be an atheist?

I can't tell you how many times I'm 'accused' by a person of faith that my label of atheism somehow implies I must have faith in the idea to the same degree they do. I want to try and clear the air here, and explain why my belief in the non-existence of God is not a position of faith, but is simply the most rational interpretation of the available evidence. Historically, I can admit atheism is fairly new to ...

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Canadian Science Minister fail

As some of you may have heard, the Canadian Science Minister, Gary Goodyear, is an idiot. I mean this of course in the most literal sense. He was asked a few days ago whether or not he believed in evolution. At first, he refused to answer the question, but after being pressured by the PM's office, he came back with "of course I believe in evolution". Well, here's what his interpretation of it is: I do belie ...

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NHS tries to deal with female circumcision

Human beings are capable of some gruesome acts, and one of the more disturbing practices that is still commonly done is 'female circumcision'. In case you've never heard of it, it's basically the mutilation of the vagina in an effort to permanently scar a woman's genitalia in order to prevent her from having any sexual desires. There are some cultures that cut off the clitoris thinking it grows into a gigan ...

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