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Is this the best Christian Apologists can do?

It ain't easy being a Christian: sure, they might be the majority (for now), but every other day the faith is challenged by objective reality. While many Christians will scoff at the idea that their religion is in trouble, the truth is that countries like Canada, Sweden, and Australia are quickly shedding their religious coat in favor of a broader "spirituality" that doesn't have to deal with the many incon ...

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Why is Christianity growing in China?

If you were hoping that China would be immune from faith-pimps because of their long history of non-belief, then I apologize in advance for shattering your delusion. Not only is there a strong tendency for superstition in the country, they appear just as vulnerable as the rest of us to religious nonsense. How else can you explain the rise of Christianity in the East? It is impossible to say how many Christi ...

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You had me at “Dark Energy”

When you're busy fighting against the forces of superstition, dogma and pseudoscience, you can often forget about the smaller doses of idiocy that go almost completely ignored. Take Flat-Earthers. I mean, no one even bothers to debunk these clowns anymore. It's gotten so bad that they end up doing most of the hard work of calling them on their retarded shit for you. Take the FAQ for the Flat Earth Society. ...

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The trial of Geert Wilders

If you aren't from the Netherlands, odds are you've never heard of Geert Wilders. In the fight against sectarian ideologies, Wilders is a bit of a wild card. While I applaud his efforts to combat the rising tide of irrationality and superstition in his country, this "champion of free speech" is the same man who wanted to ban the Koran. Let's just say he's a hard man to love. He's currently on trial for inci ...

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Camping changes date, awaits more failure

After posting that video of a shocked Harold Camping refusing to give an interview, I was beginning to feel sorry for him. He seemed confused and crestfallen at the idea his buddy Jesus didn't come down to slaughter 99.9999% of the human race. Truly, a sad day for all of us. So rather than admit he's an old fuddy-duddy with a bullshit math formula, Harold instead suggests that the "spiritual" Apocalypse has ...

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Buddhists are confused about everything

A fan of the site sent me this Buddhist exchange that I had to say something about: Curious Buddhist: I have an odd question which was raised by a friend, who was asking me questions about Buddhism. They wanted to know how Buddhism deals with the concept of evolution? Are Buddhists creationists? Our teachings don't seem to deal with such matters and I was rather at a loss as to how to answer them. Lama Shen ...

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Psychic steals $250,000 from victim

It takes a special kind of scumbag to be a psychic. Seriously. I mean, your job is basically to manipulate people who are at a low point in their lives. Lonely, sad, desperate and terribly uneducated people are seduced by these charlatans intent on bilking them out of their hard earned money. It's easy to feel judgmental about the suckers, like the case of "Jane Doe", defrauded to the tune of 250,000 dollar ...

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Religious hospitals scare me

I can't imagine the kind of terror I would experience if I was a woman and suddenly was faced with a complication in my pregnancy at a Catholic Hospital. The Church's dogma concerning abortion is one that causes the misery and death of countless women, all because they're convinced babies are all miracles of a male God, and conclude abortionists are worse than child molesters (you can't rape what doesn't ex ...

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Quackery claims another victim

If you're a regular podcast listener, you might remember a show I did a few weeks back on The Lorne Trottier Science Symposium, and I talked at length about one speaker, Dr. David Gorski (who looks a lot like the guy with glasses from ER) who's busy fighting superstition on his blog, Science-Based Medicine. David specializes in breast cancer, and over the years has constantly battled the dangers of pseudosc ...

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Astrology drives me crazy

Of all the pervasive superstitious traditions, the most popular has to be astrology; I can't think of one American or Canadian newspaper that doesn't have a section devoted to this nonsense. Like an immature religion, astrology makes a series of bold claims which have been shown, time and time again, to be based on nothing more than fantasy. That hasn't stopped millions of suckers, however, from believing t ...

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