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Fighting superstition is hard work

  What's the harm in a little superstition? Ask all the people who listened to an energy peddling "holy man" and ended up worm food. These were folks who received advanced warning from serious scientists, and still chose to believe a man who managed to convince himself he could speak directly to the spirit of the volcano. You also have to love how "Islamic" Indonesians are. It's obvious elements of the ...

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Children in Nigeria victims of superstition

In a small village in Nigeria, a little boy of 5 years of age is frightened and confused. His mother and father have abandoned him; their normally loving embrace will never be felt again. The other villagers are angry, and some of them throw stones at him. He does not cry. Part of him has accepted his fate, and the rejection of his loved ones is enough to make the boy numb. The only question in his mind is ...

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List of superstitions McCain believes in

From Crooks and Liars Consider what we've learned about McCain's superstitions: * McCain believes it's bad luck for someone to hand him a salt shaker. * McCain believes it's bad luck to throw a hat onto a bed. * McCain regularly carries 31 cents in lucky change in his pocket. * McCain carries a lucky feather, a lucky compass, a lucky penny, a lucky nickel, a lucky quarter, and a laminated four-leaf clover. ...

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Apologies to Neil deGrasse Tyson

Do you know what I hate? Catching myself talking smack just for the sake of hearing my own voice. When you're firing a ton of vitriolic guns, there can be a few casualties along the way; modesty and thoughtfulness come to mind. As you might imagine, I was less than pleased with myself when I read this snarky post I did back in 2012 concerning science's new Golden Boy, Neil deGrasse Tyson. I may have been a ...

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Egyptian atheist facing blasphemy sentence

Every religion claims to be the one and only truth, but when confronted with conflicting reality, their true colors really come out. Faith is actually a fragile thing: it persists due to ignorance, and is fueled by a raw hatred of anything contrary to its pathetic narrative. Nowhere is this more true than with Islam. This religion is possibly the most insecure religion of them all. Dissent is not tolerated, ...

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Answers in Genesis writes hilarious letter to atheists

For some odd reason, I love the idea that there are religious believers out there who try to convert atheists back to religion. I can't imagine a more pointless exercise. They really think there must be some magical argument to 'win us' back to the fold. They can't understand our decision not to believe in God is the result of years of slow and gradual change, ultimately leading to the conclusion that the p ...

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TGA Podcast: Episode 199

This week, Ryan joins me for a general news show, where we discuss the death of Savita Halappanavar, who was denied a life saving abortion because of Catholic superstition. Also on the show, the FFRF sues the IRS for failing to uphold its own laws, and Italians finally want to tax the Vatican. Come get your fix! - Ireland top 10 atheist countries [1]: -Young woman dies in irish hospital after being denied a ...

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Doctors refused life saving abortion because “it’s a Catholic country”

Ireland may be quickly de-converting to atheism faster than any other country, but that certainly doesn't mean the fight against superstition and religious indoctrination is over. If anything, the stakes have gotten higher, especially when it comes to certain key issues which don't seem to go away. A young woman by the name of Savita Halappanavar was told she was miscarrying, and after one day in severe pai ...

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Leo Igwe interview transcript

Jake: Today I have a very special guest, someone who is going to join me to talk about the problem of child witches in Africa as well as the conflation of religion and superstition in that region. I wanted to ask someone who has had their feet on the ground here, because, you know, I am an isolated blogger and I want to make sure that I am not just saying false information and with this in mind, I invited L ...

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TGA Podcast: Episode 180

This week, Leo Igwe joins me as we tackle the problem of child witches and superstition in Africa. Leo is a former representative of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, and a founding member of the Nigerian Humanist Movement. ...

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