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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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The Good Atheist 089

Hi gang. Like I mentioned before, a technical glitch forced us to re-record the show, and as good as the last one was, I actually think it was better this time around. The other one is forever lost in the ether, so unless any of you have a time machine, you're stuck with this one. On the show we discuss the perversion of science in newspapers, how even atheists have superstitions, and we also talk about how ...

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Is religion “hard wired” in our brains?

It occurs to me we have a strange interpretation of what the word "natural" means. We tend to think anything natural must inherently be good or desirable. How many consumer products try to play that annoying angle? I also find it fairly telling that behaviors or lifestyles are deemed "unnatural" are also considered undesirable and evil. Of course, just because something is natural certainly doesn't mean it' ...

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I gets mail!

I received this email, and I wanted to share "B"'s story with everyone (he asked that I not include his name, since he works with the boy Scouts and would like to keep his job). This past summer I staffed a Boy Scout summer camp. I just wanted to share some of my experiences.Before every meal shift, since a scout is "reverent," we had a volunteer say a "non-denominational" grace. They usually were just spee ...

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Derren Brown is awesome

With the recent news that my hero James Randi is sick with cancer, it's nice to know guys like Derren are around to pick up the slack. He's charismatic, fun, and his experiments are simply "magical". Here he is demonstrating how superstitions are formed, and how human beings often mistake coincidence for meaningful events. This video is required watching for all fans of skepticism! ...

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Online survey identifies Bible’s worst passages

If you've never read Carl Sagan's "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark", do yourself a favor and pick it up. One of his chapters deals specifically with the Inquisition, and the slaughter of an estimated 100,000 women at the hand of the Church. Although the West has generally stopped prosecuting women for the crime of "witchcraft" (the last person convicted was in 1944), in Africa, the ...

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