Dr. Phil is annoying

This video is courtesy of the Examiner's Paul Fidalgo; it's from a recent episode of Dr. Phil, the pedantic windbag who likes to think his predictable and facile advice is tantamount to revelation. In this episode, he's counseling a couple experiencing theological conflict. The husband, who seems to enjoy reading, has lost his faith in God, and the wife is worried he might poison their children's minds. I'l ...

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America is not a Christian nation

An article here tries to make the case that both the Left and the Right are wrong about the Founding Fathers establishing (or not) a Christian nation. The author makes a good case for why religious conservatives are wrong, but he doesn't seem to say anything constructive about why the Left is mistaken. I must assume he feels perhaps secularists like myself may not fully appreciate the contribution Christian ...

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Villagers kill 5 ‘witches’ in Kenya

If you have a weak stomach, then I urge you not to watch this video. This is uncensored human stupidity at work. If you've ever said superstition isn't harmful, then you've obviously never traveled to some of the less fortunate parts of the world, where the combined brutal ignorance and extreme poverty are a recipe for disaster. If you think this video is outrageous, consider the fact the person who recorde ...

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Australia is full of atheists and meat pie!

I don't know very much about Australia. Truth be told, outside of the fact that in school the only thing interesting things we learn about Australia is it's the only continent that's also a country, and it's where England dumped all of their criminals. It also has, to my surprise, a significant atheist minority; roughly 20% of their population, in fact. Now I finally understand why I have so many fans down ...

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Romanian nun dies during exorcism

So here you are, a Romanian priest who's been 'trained' by the Church to perform exorcism, and some poor nun has to die right in the middle of it. To make things worse, the police are at your front door, asking what the hell happened. You casually explain to the officers that you had bound, gagged and starved the woman for three days only for her to later die of asphyxiation. The police don't seem very impr ...

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The Good Atheist 051

Welcome back to The Good Atheist podcast. This week, Ryan and I discuss a new show on television called Bully Beatdown and how this relates to my views on empathy, as well as discuss  Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. ...

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Afghan women are pelted by rocks at protest

A couple of days ago, I wrote a passionate entry stating my opposition to the Canadian government's involvement in Afghanistan. It was in response to their new laws that make it impossible for women to refuse sex from their husbands, as well as making women eligible for marriage immediately following menstruation. As far as I'm concerned, these two laws alone make both rape and sexual abuse to children lega ...

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