Saudi Arabia’s morality police still fighting sin

There are some signs the morality police in Saudi Arabia (officially known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice) are starting to get some pushback from the people they're charged with keeping holy. Last week a woman reportedly beat on one of their agents after he tried to punish her for hanging out with a male friend, unmarried. And there are current reforms underway which ma ...

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TGA Podcast: Episode 96

We decide to argue ideas instead of news on this week's show. Jake goes into the unstated assumptions made by religious people when they subscribe to their mumbo-jumbo, and then we talk about how monotheism inherently leads to religious people trying to push their beliefs on everyone. We also end up kinda sorta almost talking about Don't Ask, Don't Tell legislature, and Ryan reveals that he thinks buttsecks ...

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Should science programs be ‘impartial’ to religion?

Morgan Freeman is doing a series of TV shows for the Science Channel called 'Through the Wormhole', which discusses advances in discovery that astrobiology, string theory, quantum mechanics, and astrophysics have been making in our understanding of the universe. And while there are some signs  Freeman himself isn't exactly the most religious person in the world, he still had to pander to the religious crowd ...

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Gays eat the poo poo

Here's a remix of a few videos coming out of Uganda where the National Taskforce Against Homosexuality (represented of course by Christian leaders) is trying to whip up anti-homosexual sentiment by claiming the gays are all about poo-poo eating and butt fisting. They say a few other things, but this clip really shows how strangely pre-occupied they are with the poop angle for some reason. It's hilarious in ...

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Leviticus smackdown

I got over sites that blog about the stuff people say and do on Facebook pretty quickly, but I just had to share this particular exchange. My favorite line: "I believe in morality, which is doing right regardless of what I am told ... not religion, which is doing what I am told regardless of what is right." BAM! ...

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Christian teachers use holy water on atheist colleague

You'd figure schools would be the place where atheists would be the 'safest' ... after all, these places are supposed to be bastions of knowledge and education. But lately it just hasn't been that way. From Texas re-writing its textbooks to students harassing atheist teachers, there's a full on movement a brewin' to make schools a battlefield between belief and non-belief. Sometimes these battles are distur ...

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The MMR Vaccine / Autism story from start to finish

We've covered a lot of the MMR vaccine / autism controversy on the Good Atheist, but I don't think it's ever been laid out from start to finish in as concise a format as in this comic from Darryl Cunningham. From major conflicts of interest to falsifying data to the unethical treatment of children (which included colonoscopies and lumbar punctures amongst other unnecessarily shitty tests), there's 15 pages ...

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A History of Pedophilia

Here's a little history lesson on how long the church has been dealing with priests raping children. The scariest thing? That there's been internal discussion regarding the handling of pedophile priests for over 1500 years, and these winners still haven't managed to do anything about it. I'd say it just seems to be getting worse, but it'd probably be naive to think things weren't much, much worse back when ...

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