Glad I don’t live here…

I hope most of you guys don't live anywhere close to the border. And by close, I mean less than 100 miles from it, because apparently, you're in a "Constitution-Free Zone". Do me a favor guys. Can you reclaim your country and stop eroding your wonderful founding document please? You're making your neighbors to the north nervous here. ...

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China wants to make the Internet pure…

How old is porn? Pretty damn old, actually. There are cave wall paintings depicting people having sex, and my gut tells me they weren't painting them just for posterity. It's not really that hot, but back then, there must have been quite a few Cro-Magnons pleasuring themselves to it. Hey, it's in our nature to like sex. The Gutenberg printing press was used for more than simply printing Bibles. There's also ...

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Jacob vs Jesus: battle for God status

I found this website the other day, and thought some of you might be amused by what they are trying to 'prove'. This is a site obviously masquerading as scholarly, and asking pointless questions like: "Did Jesus lie when he claimed he was a God". That this question is even asked seems so ridiculous I don't feel the need to answer it. I shall, therefore, prove to all my loyal readers that I, Jacob Fortin am ...

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Religious people better at self control

Here's an interesting article in the New York Times about how religion seems to help people have more self control. Normally, I would try and tear apart these kinds of articles, but in this case I don't necessarily disagree with the findings. Intuitively, it seems right to me; I don't know many people who could fight off the impulse of sex in favor of a relationship with God (I'm talking about Nuns and Cath ...

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Happy New Year!

Well, the Holidays are finally over, and after my hangover cures, it's back to work for your favorite Good Atheist! 2008 was a landmark year for me; I quit my job to work full time on blogging (not this site, but rather this one). This year, I plan on submitting my book to various publishing agencies, as the podcast is about to hit 100,000 downloads in a few weeks. It's a pretty big achievement, and I have ...

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Article on abstinence teaches nothing new

I hate articles that regurgitate news anyone with half a brain already knows. Is it surprising study after study of teen sex always comes up with statistics showing there is no difference in premarital found between kids who are taught sex ed and those who are taught abstinence? No, of course not. Is it shocking kids without sex ed are less likely to use any form of birth control or protection? Nope. And ye ...

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A holiday connection

Like many Canadians, my family is separated by divorce. Since the age of 5, my parents have stayed as far away from each other as possible. Like most divorces, their's was a messy affair, and it was not unusual for us to be caught in the middle of the fierce crossfire. But time heals all wounds, and in our adult years, my parents have managed to become civil to each other. I would even go so far as to call ...

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My Happy Holiday post

With the holidays coming up, I'm going to be holed up in a cottage with my family far away from the civilized world. This of course means during the next week, there will be no posts while I enjoy the yuletide celebrations. If you're on the Internet looking for my words of wisdom, you're fresh out of luck. After the holidays, I'll be recording a special podcast. I ask all of you fans to write in and submit ...

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How the US really feels about gays

Signing a UN declaration is roughly as binding as your New Years resolution. Still, they are symbolic representations, somewhat like a lofty resolution, indicating an important issue which needs attention. It's why I'm appalled the US failed to sign a UN declaration aiming at decriminalizing homosexuality. Of course, I'm not entirely surprised, since the government seems to have no regard for civil libertie ...

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Things are heating up in Iraq

It's never good news when Iraq makes the front page of the news. That's usually because we've become so accustomed to tragedy, that daily events, bombings, and massacres are casually relegated to a dark and lonely corner of most mainstream media sites. Thursday was particularly brutal, as a female rights activist was beheaded in her home. Violence against women has been escalating, and is unlikely to stop. ...

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