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Abstinence teachers practice what they preach

Melody Laluz and Claudaniel Fabien are both abstinence teachers in Chicago, and they are about to get married despite never having kissed one another. The pair, which instituted the no kissing rule as a way of avoiding temptation, had elaborate ways of quelling their natural biological impulse to copulate. They avoided being totally alone together, and when they cuddled while watching TV, they made sure to ...

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Dutch prohibition lesson is unlearned

In 2007, a French teenager jumped off a bridge in Amsterdam. Because he was high on hallucinogens, the Dutch government worked diligently to try and reverse their lax policies on drugs, and as now made 'magic mushrooms' illegal. Selling the drug was already illegal, but now growing it for personal use carries serious penalties. I think the move is both ludicrous and a giant waste of time. The Dutch governme ...

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Florida judge rules against gay adoption ban

The headline would have been more effective as "finally, someone from Florida shows common sense", but the joke had to be sacrificed for the importance of this ruling. The Miami Judge found there was no rational basis for denying adoption rights to gays, and in the light of the tough times the homosexual community has endured, it's good to see positive news for once. There's undoubtedly going to be legal sa ...

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Interview with the Gazette: Part 1

I was asked a few days ago by the Colorado Gazette do do a series of email interviews on a variety of subjects. They wanted an Atheist's perspective on a number of issues ranging from gay marriage to Internet access, and I was happy to oblige. The responses I wrote were probably too lengthy and detailed for them to be able to publish, and so I asked if I could post them up on the site for you who may find s ...

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Al-Qaeda is hilariously out of touch

People who live in a bubble of delusion have a difficult time getting in touch with reality. Michael Jackson is the poster boy for delusion; this was the same man whose home was called 'Neverland', and who arrived at the Grammy Awards with a 12 year old boy as a date. In order for Mike to find redemption and hopefully lose his leper status, he's decided to convert to Islam, and Al-Qaeda sees this as a sign ...

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Does religion make you live longer?

I've always found it amusing when studies are performed on religion. Most of these consist of finding if religious people are happier, and now, there's a new one that came out saying if you subscribe to religion, you'll live up to 20% longer. Before I tear down how specious this line of reasoning is, I'd like to point out the sentence "can cut your chances of dying by 20%" sounds impressive, but like all go ...

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Am I being unfair to Christians?

There was a comment that appeared in one of my articles which I felt needed to be personally addressed, due mostly to the fact I've been asked similar questions before. These questions usually devolve into simply "why do you have to pick on MY religion", and I thought it might be fair to answer it as candidly as I can, to avoid looking as though I may be unfairly picking on one specific religion. Here is th ...

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The illusion of design

I mentioned before that many individuals believe in religion because of what they perceive to be logical reasons, and it is often based on the illusion of design, both here on earth, and in the cosmos in general. The universe, as far as we can observe, seems to be both extremely complex and mysterious at first glance. Here on earth, the complexity of life is staggering; in a handful of dirt, there are milli ...

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Religion and the need for tradition

In today's culture, things change rapidly. We almost seem to take it for granted that something you know today will be different tomorrow, maybe radically so. But human beings historically haven't been accustomed to rapid change for very long. It used to be what your father knew, and what his father knew, wouldn't be different from what you knew too. There were certain ways of doing things, and that's all t ...

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The religious corporation: Part 2

Yesterday, I argued the selective advantage of belief was too attractive for individuals in a community not to partake. But this advantage, as humans became more prosperous in the West, became increasingly marginal. In the 15th century, Europe began to experience newfound prosperity from the most unusual source: the aftermath of the Black Death. Over a third of the population is estimated to have been kille ...

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