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TGA Podcast: Episode 162

This week, Ryan joins me for a cheery discussion about death, how Planned Parenthood wants to addict your kids to sex, and a trio of scary teenage girls who perform exorcisms on friends. We're also proud to announce notes are included in all the shows now! Topics include: - "Slammer Virus", Ryan's old band - The crazy antics of the Plasmatics - Eric Clapton's tragic loss of his child who fell out a window - ...

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Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse in Africa

I've written countless articles denouncing these Christian preachers in Nigeria for accusing innocent children of witchcraft; it's one of the few times I've taken a subject so seriously. It isn't only because of the images of these poor children -victims of a toxic mix of ancient superstition and organized religion - are seared into my brain. No, my passion comes mainly from the fact that this issue has bee ...

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Sectarian peace in all its glory

Nigeria is currently the battleground between Christianity and Islam. Since last year, over 2000 people have died fighting. Despite communities trying to sign various peace treaties with one another, every once in a while they just start attacking one another again. It's a perfect example of the kind of division and strife that mutually incompatible beliefs cause. The latest incident involves 18 Christians ...

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Cry me a river

So, according to this guy, atheists are a plague; a bunch of unimaginative accountants of rationalism, unable to appreciate the beauty of a Picasso because we have yet to surrender our reason to dogma. Likewise, the audience that Greg Craven tries to appeal to (disgruntled Catholics who feel attacked by "new atheists") believe every single nonbeliever is a crusty curmudgeon hell bent on ruining everyone's " ...

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Pope wasting his time visiting Czech Republic

Pope Benedict XVI is on a mission; he's decided to tour Europe to fight what he's dubbed "atheist ideology" and "hedonistic consumerism" (this from the same man who quite literally eats off gold plate in a gigantic palace). His first stop is the European capital of unbelief: the Czech Republic. According to the latest polls, only about 19% of the population claims to believe in God, and those figures keep d ...

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The Good Atheist 074

Ryan was in Ottawa last week, so we weren't able to record the free podcast on the usual day. That doesn't mean we forgot about you. We have a great show for you today, where we talk about Nigerian child witches, the power of superstition, and the fact that we need your financial help to stay alive! Don't miss out. ...

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Helen Ukpabio is a monster

I've written many times on the issue of child witches in Africa. Every year, thousands of kids are abandoned, beaten or killed because their parents or family members suspect them of being witches. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that in Nigeria alone, over 930,000 children are orphaned by HIV/AIDS, and often their remaining family members believe these children were responsible for their parents' d ...

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Girl’s parents starve her to death, thought she was “possessed”

Khyra Ishaq was, by all accounts, your typical happy-go-lucky 12 year old living in Birmingham. Her mother, a recent convert to Islam, pulled her from school and began to isolate all of her children away from the outside world. Her excuse was they had been bullied in school over their attire, but no official complaint was filed with the school, and many of the house's windows were boarded up. One neighbor, ...

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Belief is not innocuous

A few months ago I wrote about the plight of Nigerian children who are accused of being witches. These kids are often beaten, abandoned, or killed because their parents or members of the community accuse them of being possessed by Satan. The problem is only getting worse, with an estimated 15,000 kids in Nigeria alone accused of being witches. Even though there are a number of organizations working to undo ...

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Another fucking Cheesus

Let's be honest here and just say that the story of how these two people found a Jesus shaped Cheetos is about as mundane, stupid and annoying as you can get. Is the news day so slow this kind of story takes precedence over the conflict in the Middle East, or child witches in Nigeria? Hey journalists, look a bit deeper for a story, will you? ...

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