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America: land of the free, unless you’re preggers

A few days ago, Carisa and I recorded a podcast about a rather disturbing law being proposed in Utah that would make "recklessness" during pregnancy a criminal offense, with a possibility of life imprisonment for feticide. Imagine my surprise to find these kinds of laws actually exist in 35 different states in the US. Recently, a woman named Christine Taylor was arrested in Iowa for falling down a flight of ...

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Furious ignorance

White people seem to be pretty goddamn scared of black people in other countries, especially those with strange ancient rituals. They assume voodoo and other religious practices are simply the work of demons. It's quite alien to them that their own religious rituals might seem pretty gruesome and savage to others; communion, for instance, is supposed to be the literal consumption of the body and flesh of th ...

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SeaWorld tragedy could have been avoided by following scripture

A few days ago, an orca named Tilikum dragged trainer Dawn Brancheau down into the water, drowning her before a crowd of spectators. This wasn't the first time the killer whale was involved in a deadly incident, and this has galvanized the American Family Association into action. They released a statement saying this tragedy could have been avoided had the owners of SeaWorld simply followed scripture: Chalk ...

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Annoying idiot thinks religious charities are better than secular ones

It's not uncommon for people to automatically assume faith based organizations are inherently better than secular ones, since volunteers are usually motivated not only by their charity, but also by their piety. This is exactly what this women is trying to argue. Her proof? Well, she often donates clothing to both Goodwill and the Salvation Army, and the latter has a better drop-off. You have to love anecdot ...

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Increased Religiosity linked to poor morality

Wow, now I know I've made the claim religiosity doesn't make you more moral (and often makes you more racist), but I barely qualify as edutainment, and absolutely no one should ever take me too seriously. How fucking crazy controversial is this study? Religious folks are going to lose their minds over this! Is it wrong I'm secretly happy and feel vindicated for every time some religious douchebag tried to t ...

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Senator Shultheis wants to open schools to proselytizers

Religious proselytizers have a new buzzword their throwing around to try and justify their renewed efforts to break down the wall separating church and state; they are arguing that their religious freedoms are being threatened. Take this example: Sen. David Schultheis is proposing a new bill that would allow students and faculty members to actively try and recruit on school grounds. Schultheis, a Republican ...

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Deconversion

Here's a great video about how one Christian slowly came to realize his religious beliefs were entirely a human invention, and not the result of divine will. Having never believed myself, I find this kind of thing totally fascinating. Also, the music is totally trippy. Be sure to watch it! To watch the entire series, be sure to go to his YouTube page! (props to annon for the find) ...

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More nonsense from Dr. Jeffrey Long

Here's our "good friend" Dr. Jeffrey Long talking with Bill O'Reilly about his book on NDEs. Bill throws him a few softball questions, and pretends to play devil's advocate, but even he admits he desperately wants this to be true. If Dr. Long wants to be taken seriously, I suggest he not troll the only TV network that admittedly caters to the religious and not-so-skeptical crowd and instead submit his argum ...

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Ben Goldacre explains the placebo effect

Here's a great video by Dr. Ben Goldacre (author of the book Bad Science, which is now on my "must read" list) talking about the placebo effect. What is really interesting about this video is the discussion regarding the ethical ramifications of lying to your patients. On the one hand, it can speed up their recovery. On the other, it can reduce their trust towards other treatments. What a dilemma! No wonder ...

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Ricky Gervais talks about ‘Invention of Lying’ atheist subplot

I haven't put much effort on the podcast into hiding the fact that I thought The Invention of Lying was a bore of a flick despite a pretty amusing anti-religion side plot: one of the lies the main character tells is that everyone goes somewhere awesome after death, which then led to lies about God, rules, and all that jazz. Hilarity ensues (or so I thought it would). I've heard many atheists enjoyed the mov ...

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