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Religion and science don’t conflict, apparently

Apparently, the perception that religion has been impeding science is wrong! That's according to this article in The Guardian, which claims the commonly held belief that science has a history of being suppressed and challenged by religion is false. Unfortunately, if you're looking for any compelling arguments in this article, you won't find any -- you'll be better served by reading this interview with biolo ...

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Tired Christian claim #2: without God, morality is impossible.

Most of you are probably familiar with this argument. It's inevitable that at some point in the conversation, a genuinely confused Christian may ask you how you can have a definitive moral system without the benefit of a higher power telling you what is right and wrong. As far as many Christians are concerned, the denial of God also means the denial of an absolute system of ethics. I can understand their co ...

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Why I avoid talking religion to strangers

A man in San Diego is in critical condition after he was shot five times after an argument over religion. He's expected to pull through, but I'm thinking the next time he feels the need to debate over the merits of Christianity over Islam, he might be a little more careful who he debates with. This is the same reason why I avoid talking about religion when alcohol is involved. Religious wackos already have ...

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This guy thinks atheists are “childish”

Here's a new argument: we are apparently too silly, and don't take atheism seriously enough. So, in a nutshell, atheists are both way too uptight according to some, and too frivolous according to others. Have any of these clergymen speaking on atheism spent more than 15 seconds talking to one? Barron is calling us childish and 'frivolous' for the ad campaign started by a few organizations in the US, Canada, ...

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Hitchens versus Donohue

I love how Bill Donohue's best argument is that atheists are somehow dogmatic for not believing the claims of Christianity. Yeah, I feel so close minded anytime I dismiss claims made without evidence... There are many Christians out there who are convinced there is a mountain of evidence suggesting their beliefs are true, but in fact, like all other religions, most of it is simply make-believe. That a high ...

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Coming out of the closet not easy for Black atheists

I've read enough articles, editorials and op-ed pieces to realize, at least superficially, that being both and atheist and black is not an easy thing. African Americans have a long history of relying on the church for support. Abandoning religion often means abandoning the culture. As the secular movement gains momentum, however, more and more in the community are speaking out about this, especially in the ...

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Scientology is in the news again

Scientology is in the news again, and that's not usually a good sign. As we speak, the French, who have not recognized Scientology as a religion, are threatening to dissolve the organization due to its campaign of fraud. The case in question revolves around a woman who was recruited by the church back in 1998. In the span of a few months, her bank account had been tapped by purchasing books, vitamins, and a ...

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Butthole Jesus!

With Jesus apparently busy appearing in all sorts of foods and stained glass buildings, it was inevitable he would try and find new ways to impress us. Lo and behold, the King of Kings has outdone himself yet again, this time appearing on a dog's anus. No, I'm not making this up as a way of disparaging Christianity. Angus, a terrier, was apparently engaged in his morning ritual in 2006 when his owners took ...

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Mormons don’t like this cartoon

Before I read the book Under the Banner of Heaven, I had assumed, as most do, Mormonism was not significantly different from Christianity. This is largely because since the beginning of the 20th century, the LDS Church has worked hard to suppress or eliminate any evidence of the weirdness of their beliefs. They sell themselves on the fact they are an American religion, but there is no denying Joseph Smith w ...

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Disparaging creationism violates the First Amendment

I had never heard of James Corbett until today, when I read a letter he wrote in response to a judge finding him guilty of violating the First Amendment by speaking his mind. I know it sounds as though I wrote that wrong, but apparently disparaging creationism during class time is a big no-no in America. Corbett was sued by one of his students, and lost in a federal court that found he had violated the Esta ...

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