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Orthodox Jews fear unlimited access to knowledge

Imagine holding a rally in a stadium to debate the invention of the printing press. You may as well do so now if you're an Ultra-Orthodox Jew, because apparently, holding one to 'discuss' their official stance on whether or not they should allow themselves to connect with anyone not sharing their limited worldview is growing. Give them credit for understanding the fact having access to unlimited information ...

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Romney attempts to use fear of secularism to gain votes

Oh religious people: you can never be sure if they love religion or secretly despise it. Why else would they resort to calling our free-thought movement "a religion" if not to criticize it? Obviously they recognize the fact that by definition, a religion is a creepy organization intent on pushing through their wacky agenda. While I agree this is a definite aspect of all religion, conflating our lack of beli ...

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Fearlessly naked in Egypt

It takes guts to stand up for what you believe in when you live in a repressive country. While we in the West enjoy the freedom to post nude photos of ourselves whenever we want, there are some countries - in this case Egypt - where doing so can get you in a lot of trouble. It was in the spirit of protest that Aliaa Magda Elmahd posted naked pictures of herself on her blog to highlight the fact that the cou ...

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Fear of God is a poor defense

A gay couple in the North West Territories, the frozen butthole of Canada, was recently awarded $13,000 in a ruling involving a landlord who tried to evict them, simply because they were gay. The landlord contended the legal arrangement he made with the couple was null since he genuinely feared God would smite him. Naturally, he quoted the King James Bible as proof God hates sodomites, but the arbitrator in ...

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Mississippi school cancels prom over lesbian fears

Mississippi isn't exactly known for its open-mindedness and progressiveness; it was, after all, the second state to secede from the Union in 1861. It also had the distinction at the time of actually having more black slaves than white citizens (55% of the population was in chains back then). There's a surprisingly large gay population in Mississippi, something that's not common knowledge if you're from arou ...

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Do scientists fear Hellfire?

Here's a great YouTube video explaining why scientists don't believe in Hellfire by plainly explaining what fire is! Sure, some of them might be religious, but I assure you the God of these serious scientists has very little in common with the "God of the plebs" who punishes "wickedness". It's a must watch, people! ...

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NASA forced to dispel fears over 2012 movie

NASA has recently issued a statement calling on the public not to worry about the movie 2012 being scientifically accurate. Really? Is it just me or is the human race insanely stupid? We're not even into the next decade, and already a bunch of very ignorant and scared people are threatening to take their own lives over the most insane pseudoscience in the Universe. Can we all stop being so concerned about o ...

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Runaway teen fears honor killing if returned home

In Islam, apostasy is a serious offense. People get more than slaps on the wrist for changing faiths; they get abused, beaten, and sometimes killed. That's not to say the fate of all apostates in the Muslim world is grim, but there is a definite violent precedence, and if you have the unfortunate luck of being born in a fundamentalist family, it can be a death sentence. 17 year old Rifqa fled from her Musli ...

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Publishers in Britain fear terrorism in response to “Jewel of Medina” book

I hate the use of the word 'war' in reference to any particular conflict. When I think of a war, I think of the innocents who suffer at the hands of sadistic and murderous zealots that would do anything for power. Wars bring out the very worst attributes of mankind; in conflicts we are cruel, barbaric, and savage. Because we often fear for our very lives, this removes our natural impulse to be cooperative a ...

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