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This is considered hate speech?

I think overly sensitive Christians need to re-examine their definition of hate speech. Political hopeful William J. Kelly is attempting to make a mountain out of a molehill, claiming a sign erected by the Freedom from Religion Foundation in the Illinois Capital Building is hate speech: At the time of the winter solstice, let reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There ...

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Uganda is messed up

Do you have annoying friends who try to argue there's no harm in superstitious beliefs? If they have kids, you may want to send them to this article on BBCNews detailing how human sacrifices, particularly of young children, are on the increase. As prosperity increases in Uganda, witch doctors are making a killing (pun intended) from gullible idiots who hope to increase their own fortune with some black magi ...

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Smithsonian gives shitty creationist movie the boot

The more evidence we gather showing the truth about evolution, the more vitriolic creationists get. Recently they tried to sneak a shitty "documentary" called Darwin's Dilemma into the Smithsonian's IMAX theater, but they were smacked down when the California Science Center used a special clause in the contract to cancel their engagement. The Discovery Institute is now trying to sue the CSC for not allowing ...

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Somali man stoned to death for adultry

I've written a few articles in the past about how fucked up Somalia is, including how Sharia Law is quickly becoming the order of the day. The latest disgusting act of cruelty was the recent stoning of Mohamed Abukar Ibrahim for the crime of adultery. He was buried up to his torso, and the local residents of Afgoye, a small village 20 miles from Mogadishu, were forced to watch as members of the radical grou ...

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Happy Friday the 13th

Today is Friday the 13th, and considering the fact there are still lots of people out there who seem to think a number can be unlucky, I thought it would be fun to try and discover the story behind this superstition (you know, to seem all smart and shit). While there are lots of theories as to its origins, the truth is no one knows exactly why it persists. I suppose it may not even really matter; so long as ...

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Witch doctors tell population to slaughter albinos for organ harvesting

Ever knock on wood, or refuse to walk under a ladder? How many of you would never rent an apartment on the 13th floor, or own a black cat? Most of us think superstitions are fairly harmless, but only because we don't take them too seriously. In countries like Tanzania and Burundi, however, crazy superstition (when will the world learn, Stevie Wonder?) is on the loose. It seems as though witch doctors have b ...

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Bill Maher gets spanked by Michael Shermer

I know many fans of the podcast are a little confused about what to make of Bill Maher. His movie, Religulous, was one of the few pleasures of 2009. His passionate tirade at the end of the movie, arguing that religious faith and superstition made the world more dangerous, was compelling. And yet, this is the same man who does not believe in vaccinations, and mistrusts "modern" medicine. I suppose it's a lit ...

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Islamic Tolerance

Whenever I hear religious people talk about tolerance, I make sure they realize that the price of tolerating ignorance, superstition, and unreason is too high. If you want me to respect your beliefs, find me something WORTH respecting, and then I'll think about it. (props to Godless Blogger for the find) ...

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Finally, (some) justice for little Kara Neuman

Remember the tragic story of Kara Neumann? She was the 11 year old girl who died of complications due to diabetes while her Christian Science parents prayed for her. What was a highly treatable condition thanks to today's modern medicine turned into second degree reckless homicide. If you were hoping the judge was going to throw the book at them, get ready to be severely disappointed. All they got was 10 ye ...

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New Archbishop of Nigeria causes controversy

There's always an uneasy truce in Africa when it comes to religion. The combination of desperation and ignorance is attractive to mainstream religions, who send missionaries and monies to convert Africans to their side. In doing so, they have begun to carve apart communities. Take Nigeria as a good example; the Archbishop recently accused Muslims of "mass-producing" children in an attempt to take over commu ...

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