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War on swine reaches UK toy store

Toy store "Early Learning Center" in the UK has removed the plastic pigs in their children's toy farm out of fear it might offend Jewish and Muslim parents. Of course, "Happyland" still contains the sty, complete with a button that makes an oinking sign when pressed. Talk about confusing! Luckily, some people have their heads screwed on right (well, mostly): Fellow Muslim mum Natasha added: "If you don't wa ...

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Tasmanian church group tricks people into attending “Hell House”

If you aren't familiar with what Hell Houses are, imagine for a moment the most tasteless play in the world, featuring rape, gruesome abortions, and simulated murder. Sure, that still sounds like a lot of fun, until you realize way too late the performance is actually done by evangelical Christians who want to shock people into believing in a literal Hell. Oh, and they force you to pray at the end for forgi ...

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Atheists are perverse!

With newfound confidence comes new problems. As atheists, we're beginning to see a backlash against rationalism from our sectarian counterparts who feel threatened by our lack of faith. They see it as "perverse" and a "threat to society". That's according to Italy's Foreign Minister Franco Frattini who called on Muslims, Jews and Christians to unite against atheism, materialism and relativism. Christians al ...

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The Assassination of Dr. George Tiller

Those of you that followed this story from the day it happened will not want to miss this special documentary produced by the Rachel Maddow show. Listening to Scott Roeder is a chilling reminder of what happens when a climate of fear and hatred is perpetually stoked by religious fundamentalists. The rest of the videos are after the jump. ...

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No sympathy for murdered Pop Star

In most Muslim countries, it's impossibly hard to be a woman. For starters, men have all the power, relegating women to the role of caretakers and not much else. Men also absolve themselves from any crime or misdeeds; if a husband beats his wife, she is to blame for not having been servile enough or not having been mindful enough of his moods. It's so nutty that when a rich Egyptian real estate tycoon paid ...

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Don’t go hiking with religious nutjobs

Imagine you fall down a ravine, and as you lay unconscious, slowly dying, your companions decide that instead of calling for medical help, they need to pray you back to health. If you're anything like me, you'd will yourself out of your coma and strangle them with your own entrails. Of course if that doesn't work, you could always try suing them (it's less messy anyways). As it turns out, this actually happ ...

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Duh! New Survey shows Tea Party closely linked to Religious Right

Wow, tell me something I don't know: A new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute (yeah, never heard of them either) showed a significant portion of Tea Baggers are in fact part of the religious right. What a fucking surprise! Although only 47% admitted to this, it's telling 63% thought abortion should be illegal, and only 18% were in favor of gays having the legal right to marry. It makes me wond ...

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The AAI Montreal Conference in a nutshell

A few fans asked me if I could share my thoughts about the Atheist Alliance International Conference that took place last weekend. As some of you know (and most of you will once you listen to the last podcast), we were asked to do the live podcast for the event. Considering there was no valid excuse NOT to do it, I accepted, even though I had never actually stepped foot in a conference before, let alone an ...

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Shoot the Devil in the face, and you’ll stop being afraid

I've never been able to fully appreciate the kind of fear mongering religions are well known for, mostly because I was never influenced by their terrifying dogma. It's easy for many of us non-believers to scoff at the claims devils casually walk the earth, looking for souls to devour. But for millions of impressionable children, these kinds of messages often create fear and panic over the thought of being p ...

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“Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” founder goes into hiding

It's far easier to fight for principles than to live up to them The immortal words of Adlai Stevenson still carry with them the poignant reminder that there is more to life than merely fighting for what you believe; you also have to live by those principles, even when it seems impossibly hard to do so. You might recall a few months ago, cartoonist Molly Norris gained a great deal of media attention after de ...

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