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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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Being Black and Gay sucks

If you're black and gay, you have my pity. I can't imagine a minority group so vehemently opposed to homosexuality. They often make the sermons of white Alabama preachers seem almost tame by comparison. It's no secret as a group, African Americans are more religiously conservative than the average American. Since many believe in the literal word of God, it doesn't leave a lot of room for tolerance and under ...

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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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Old white guy thinks atheism is “a joke”

I'll never grow tired of old, conservative gas-bags going on about how atheism is either dead, on it's way out, or, as this crusty old white dude said, “a joke". Because he's convinced only an invisible male patriarchal God is the proper explanation as to the existence of the Universe, columnist William Murchison believes the recent remarks of Stephen Hawking, claiming the Universe did not need a supernatur ...

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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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Site Update: The Long Version

As I round out my tenure in the 9-5 world, I'm beginning to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. I thought, therefore, it would be neighborly of me to inform the web enthusiasts who have all but abandoned me (or at the very least said "see you soon") over my total lack of online presence. Well, I'm back baby, and I feel like these next few months are going to be, in a word, awesome. In this po ...

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Irony, thy name is religion

IndoctriNation Trailer from IndoctriNation on Vimeo. So let me get this straight: this movie is claiming secular institutions are "indoctrinating" young people through the process of NOT forcing them to participate in mandatory religious service...Yeah, sounds like the proper definition there. Also according to some of these nutjobs, the "Fear of God" is what leads ultimately to wisdom. In other words, if y ...

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Christians want the freedom to shut Comedy Central up too

In possibly one of the most ironic cases of life imitating art ever, Christians are now saying because Mohammad can't be made fun of on Comedy Central, Jesus should be off limits too. A coalition of religious and conservative leaders is trying to stop a proposed Comedy Central cartoon that puts Jesus Christ in a modern-day context – before it even gets started. The newly formed Citizens Against Religious Bi ...

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