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Yes, humans are stupid

Another tragedy in the name of superstition: A four-month-old baby is dead and 10 other people are injured in the small town of La Verriere, west of Paris, France after they jumped out of their apartment's third-storey window after believing to have seen the devil. The story is still a bit of a mess, but it goes something like this: in a crowded appartment, a bunch of naive superstitious dummies mistook the ...

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All religions are dumb

Do you sometimes feel like Western religions have a monopoly on idiocy? Well, the good news is all beliefs based on superstition are equally dumb. Buddhist monks in China are currently undertaking a 500-mile pilgrimage that will have them crawling on their knees in prostration to whatever make-believe deity they've somehow managed to worship. "They will crawl and then every third step they will stop and bow ...

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Nun gets excommunicated for allowing abortion

Here's the deal: you can forcibly rape hundreds of children, beat them, mistreat them, and fuck them up for the rest of their lives and keep your job, but if you so much as help one woman have an abortion, you're automatically excommunicated. It's a harsh lesson Sister Margret McBride recently learned when she was punished for allowing a woman, who was on the verge of death due to complications with her pre ...

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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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