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The fear card

If I told you large groups of fundamentalists were threatening to commit acts of terror over the release of a simple movie criticizing Islam and the Qur'an, I'm sure none of you would be surprised. We take this kind of ridiculousness for granted now. You can't release a cartoon, a book, or a documentary without fear of reprisal, and now, rather than only make threats at the authors of such works (which was ...

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Crippled by fear, UK schools strike events from history class

By now, we've all heard of cases where religion has tried to insert its alternative, often deleterious, truths into science classrooms and textbooks in the US. If this hasn't confused students about the facts, it certainly has presented a perplexing message about how to uncover truths. On the side of evolution, we find an appeal to relentless observation and questioning, whereas on the side of creationism, ...

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Forced conversion fears in Pakistan

A recent article on BBCNEWS reports a tiny Christian minority in Pakistan is facing dire threats to convert to Islam or face annihilation. The group has asked the government to provide protection, though it feels not enough is being done to keep them safe. I just feel the need to ask: just what exactly is the point of converting these people? Evidently you cannot force someone to believe what you do, partic ...

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How to Deal with Tragedy in the Atheism Community

By now, most of you are probably aware, at least tangentially, that a former contributing host by the name of Scott Smith of the "Recovering From Religion" podcast was involved in the murder-suicide of his wife yesterday. Many of his Facebook friends were also witness to the events in real time, as Scott had posted a cryptic "goodbye" on his page, prompting many to be concerned. These fears were justified w ...

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The Long Post

If you're reading this post, it means that you didn't foolishly abandon the beautiful invention known as Rich Site Summary like the rest of us. Back in the day, TGA had a very decent following that preferred the writing to than the podcast, despite my best attempts to undermine the English language. We called these people "freaks. They numbered perhaps only 1/6th of the listening audience, but they were jus ...

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Bible Stories Preview

CHAPTER 1: GENESIS   Creation: Part One In the beginning of everything that ever was, God created the heavens and the Earth. A boring, formless mass of liquid cloaked in darkness, the Earth had relatively low property value but tons of potential. The Spirit of God, hovering above it like a comic book villain, said “Let there be light” and the whole place lit up magically without any point of origin. To ...

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Homeopathic product recalled for having actual medicine

I know what you're thinking: this is some kind of hilarious Onion article. Well, it isn't. This actually happened. A company in Ferndale, Washington is recalling 56 of its products after FDA tests found traces of penicillin in it: “FDA has determined that these products have the potential to contain penicillin or derivatives of penicillin, which may be produced during the fermentation process,” the agency s ...

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Islamic TV: How to beat your wife

I've always wondered what the proper way to beat your rebellious wife was. Luckily, the folks over at Lebanon Broadcasting Company have me covered: finally, a show that gives you all the valuable wife-beating you've been looking for. Here are a few pointers when you're trying to keep her in line: 1) No beating the face. You wouldn't want to make her ugly just because she burned the toast, now would you? 2) ...

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For the last time, Atheism is not a religion

Religious people just don't get it, do they? They think when we talk about the belief in God we are in fact acknowledging 'his' existence, and that our own struggle against the brutalizing influence of religion is itself a kind of faith. It's enough to make your head want to burst. Especially frustrating are these kind of lazy atheist hit pieces; brave articles that refuse to allow a comment section out of ...

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Another stupid Ark being built, this time in Texas

They say everything is bigger in Texas: this probably also applies to the insanity of the populace there. How else can you explain this church deciding to build their own version of Noah's Ark at the cost of a cool 5 million bucks? You might recall that there's a similar project out of Florida that's been trying to get funding from Kickstarter. After almost a month, they've managed to snag an impressive $52 ...

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