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My kind of petition

You have to love the French. I like the way they think. Apart from the bloody mess of their Revolution, and their tendency to allow horrible dictators a crack at running their country, every once in a while they do something remarkable (like inventing the metric system). Recently, a group of Atheists in France have created a petition to ensure that both Bibles and Korans have to be sold with a warning label ...

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Another idiot claims atheism is a religion

Religious people are hilarious. How many times have we been accused of being "just another religion"? I imagine just stating this baseless canard must be a way for them to feel comforted by the idea that atheists base their beliefs on the same dogmatic mechanism they use. Unfortunately for them, it's ludicrously easy to demonstrate just how wrong this idea is. I fell upon an article this morning claiming th ...

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Religion is for the simple

There's an article that appeared in the Guardian today entitled "Christianity: a faith for the simple", and while I agree with the premise of the article, I feel as though the author got everything precisely wrong on the subject. There was a recent study done in the US polling the religiosity of the country's scientists, which I'm unhappy to report is higher than in most other countries. Of course, the rela ...

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Kim Campbell schools Jack Kingston

In Canadian circles, Kim Campbell is a bit of a joke; she was Prime Minister by default, and lasted all of 5 minutes in office. Like most politicians, however, her most interesting work has come afterwards. She was on Real Time with Bill Maher last night, and while she remained silent for the first few minutes, she woke up when Kingston started his ridiculous speech about the lack of good science when it ca ...

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Eric Hovind is powerfully stupid

The retarded apple doesn't fall far from the ignorance tree. The sad thing about Eric is even in his speech, he demonstrates some basic understanding of evolution, but like his dad, he's already made up his mind his book of fairly tales is correct, and wants desperately to "prove" it. That explains the mind-numbingly dumb idea that dinosaurs were walking around a few thousand years ago, and some still exist ...

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Hitchens vs Berlinski

In case you don't know who the hell David Berlinski is (and trust me, you aren't missing much), he's a mathematician and a critic of evolution. He likes to use transparently obvious slight-of-hand math to try to disprove one of the most solid theories in all of science. He describes himself as a "maverick intellectual" (what the fuck does that mean?), which gives you an idea of his qualifications. If you're ...

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Creationist teacher will finally get the boot

If you're a long-time reader of the site, you might remember a guy by the name of John Freshwater. I wrote about him in 2009 after he was facing dismissal for 1) teaching creationism in his science class, 2) telling his students gays are evil sinners, and 3) burning crosses in the arms of some of his students. A shittier science teacher, there is not. Well, it finally looks like the lengthy process of firin ...

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40% of Americans are creationist idiots

Hey America, how do you know whether or not your public education system is failing? How about the fact almost half of your adult population is convinced the Earth is about as old as the Agrarian Revolution (when we went from hunters to farmers). Nice, huh? If you're wondering what other Western country has such abysmally ignorant people, the answer is Turkey, a similarly religious country that also has a s ...

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Shermer vs Fr. Jonathan Morris

"We're not just like the other animals...we recognize that we are different from other animals" Says you. What exactly makes us so different? Is the soul located in our frontol lobes? Walking upright and having improved thinking capabilities is fine and all, but that just proves we've exploited an evolutionary neiche that our ape cousins haven't. You want a fucking prize or something? "There's something spe ...

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It’s not religion we crave, it’s connections

A new study published in the American Sociological Review confirmed something most of us already know: it isn't theology and spirituality that explains the positive relationship between religion and happiness; it's the community element. Our study offers compelling evidence that it is the social aspects of religion rather than theology or spirituality that leads to life satisfaction,” said Chaeyoon Lim, an ...

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