Creationism in Hampshire (revised)

I had originally written this story under the mistaken assumption that it was in New Hampshire, when it was in fact in Hampshire, England! Thanks Glenn for the clarification. I suppose it was my prejudice that England would never stoop to such lows, but I have seen the error in my ways. Of all the places thinking about introducing creationist material into classrooms, the last place I thought it would show ...

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Terrorism has different meanings

I read an interesting article on the Christian Science Monitor about the percentage of people in Muslim countries who favor bombing civilians, and the numbers reveal far more Americans are willing to commit this act than they are. If you need this put in perspective, consider the image we have in the West of a terrorist is a Muslim guy wearing a dynamite covered belt bomb, while in Muslim countries a terror ...

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Stephen Fry is wonderful

Listen carefully to what he has to say, and you'll quickly find out why he's one of my favorite British intellectuals. It also helps that he's a comedian who doesn't take himself too seriously. ...

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Now here’s a real list

I found this great list of 50 reasons why 'Bobbie-the-Jean' doesn't believe in Evolution. It's a brilliant bit of satire if I may say so myself. Here are the best ones: 3.) Because if I can't immediately understand how something works, then it must be bullshit. 20.) Because my mom dropped me on my head when I was a baby. 44.) Because I believe there is a strong comparison between designed inanimate objects ...

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Religious affiliations are shifting

It's always interesting that perception does not usually reflect reality, specifically when it comes to religion. If you looked only at statistics, it would seem as religion were on a comeback, since studies have shown the average person attends church more often than in any period of American history. However, on the other side of the equation, it would appear that every state in the US has seen some signi ...

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Why Christians visit atheist blogs

I'm not really in the habit of visiting Christian blogs. There is nothing about their viewpoint I haven't heard or  read a million times. Jesus is Lord, Jesus is the way, the light and the only salvation. I get it; you love the guy. The Proud Atheist recently asked "why do Christians visit atheist sites", and I thought I might put in my two cents. Christianity is a proselytizing religion. If you aren't spre ...

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Nice ad…

Wow, and here I was complaining about how tame the atheist bus campaign message was. Islam: Submission to God reminds me why I revile this religion. Since God isn't actually around, the only thing you're submissive to is a dusty, poorly written tome that is completely incompatible with modern values. Oh, and graphic design FAIL! (props Friendly Atheist for the find) ...

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Richard Dawkins interview

BBC News has an interesting and in depth interview with Richard Dawkins. I've read almost everything he's written over the years, so I guess that makes me a fan. Personally, I much prefer it when he talks about science than religion, but that certainly doesn't mean it isn't always interesting. Here's a highlight: As the observance of religion in our particular country has declined, we've seen the rise of pe ...

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Who would Jesus shoot?

Imagine a crazed gunman with a semi automatic walks in to your workplace and declares anyone who isn't a Christian is going to die. He turns around to you and asks your religion. What would you say? Most of us wouldn't hesitate to lie, but for some folks, that's the worst thing you could do. Derik Bonestroo decided on Thursday that he was going to purge the Eldora ski resort of non Christians, and when he w ...

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Oklahoma Congressman seeks to ban Dawkins from state

If you live in Oklahoma and you're not an idiot, then this piece of news is likely to ruin your day. Representative Todd Thomsen tried to introduce a resolution to ban Richard Dawkins from speaking at the University of Oklahoma. The reason, as you may have guessed, is that Thomsen feels that the Theory of Evolution is offensive to him. THAT the Oklahoma House of Representative strongly opposes the invitatio ...

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