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For Canada’s “Office of Religious Freedom”, non-believers don’t matter

As much as we Canadians make fun of Americans (yes, I am a Canuck, people), the truth is that our own country isn't really that much better when it comes to religious interference in government. With the Conservative party in power, it seems as though they are intent on copying the American model: in other words, they wish to turn this country into a mini-sectarian state in order to please their highly reli ...

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TGA Podcast: Episode 150

This week, I interview the author of the book "The Last Testament: A Memoir by God" by David Javerbaum. If the name sounds familiar, you might know him as the head writer and later executive producer of The Daily Show. You might also own one of his other books, including "America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction". If you love the show and want even more content, then become a member today for as lit ...

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Jesus Camp 2: Singapore Edition

Remember Becky Fisher? She's the nutjob behind Jesus Camp, and while that terrible nightmarish camp was shut down following the movie, it appears that she hasn't slowed down one bit. Here she is in Singapore doing the exact same shtick, with the added element of "teaching" kids how to raise the dead. She also has them pray for America to be "changed": it seems she's rather unsatisfied with "democracy" and i ...

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American Family Association Boycotts “Homo Depot”

If you're planning on renovating your home and wonder where to buy your lumber, I recommend that you might give Home Depot a try. Why? Well, the company has a very pro-gay attitude, so much so that the American Family Association has pledged to boycott them, "Homo-Depot". Never heard of these guys? Here's a short description from their website: The AFA is a non-profit organization that advocates traditional ...

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Defiant priests think their freedoms are being curtailed

Religions have it pretty sweet in America. Not only do they enjoy a special status in society; they also get to benefit from generous tax exemptions. This privileged status comes at a price however; churches are not allowed by law to interfere with the political process. It's a rule that's never been strongly enforced in my opinion, with plenty of  instances where religious institutions have openly or secre ...

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Religious Freedom is a Paradox

If there's one thing you have to credit religion with, it's their ability to insert themselves into things, often painfully and occasionally in a way that merits jail time, but mysteriously enough results in no real punishment. Religion is so skilled at doing this they manage to convince throngs of people to believe without them, the fabric of their lives would fall apart. Take marriage for instance, how ma ...

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Why journalists can’t help but put “evolution is wrong” in their headlines

I regularly read "The Guardian". They normally have a pretty decent science coverage, but the latest article entitled "Why everything you know about evolution is wrong" outraged me enough I felt the need to talk about it. The article starts simply enough, referring to the burgeoning science of epigenetics, and how some researchers are finding genes that become expressed due to environmental factors can effe ...

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Maine kills gay marriage

Living in the US these days, you'd never know the country has some pretty fucking serious problems that need to be addressed; specifically the shitty economy, the two wars you can't seem to get out of, and the fact 40 million people are without health insurance. It seems like the only REAL issue for many Americans is gay marriage, and I'm sad to announce that one of the few states where it's still legal (Ma ...

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Islam doesn’t have a monopoly on crazy

Because it's almost literally halfway across the world, we don't hear a lot of news about all the crazy stuff that happens in India. As far as most westerners are concerned, India is supposed to be a peaceful place, filled with sacred cows, gurus, and outsourced telemarketers. But all is not well in the world's largest democracy, and they face the same challenge many other developing nations do; the growing ...

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