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Comedy Central caves, South Park gets bleeped over Muhammad cartoon

In case you haven't yet seen part deux of South Park's 200th episode, get ready for a pretty serious disappointment; because of veiled threats the Studio and creators received from a bunch of religious fundy douches, the episode was so bleeped out it was hard to actually know what the hell was going on. At first, I thought maybe the whole joke had been one huge meta-joke (poking fun at the fact they would g ...

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Part of the brain responsible for skepticism shuts off during sermons

If you ever wondered why some of your friends or family members seem to lack a certain degree of skepticism concerning their own beliefs, you might be interested in a study conducted by the Aarhus University of Denmark. Using magnetic resonance imaging, they studied 20 Pentecostals and found when they listened to prayers recited by someone they were told was a Christian, the part of the brain normally assoc ...

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World Nut Daily does it again

Do you not rejoice at the endless display of insanity that is the World Net Daily? I am utterly in awe of this website's ability to draw such a huge audience, while simultaneously being one of the ugliest, more poorly presented idiot "news" sites on the planet. It looks like the late 90's puked all over this thing. Today's crusty old man with a religious chip on his shoulder is one David Kupelian, whose art ...

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Pedobear greeting

Two things about Pope Benedict's planned visit to Malta have me smiling a bit; (1) the mayor of a small town has asked that a statue which looks like a dick be removed at the local airport for fear of offending the pontiff, and (2) a graffiti artist stenciled a few "pedobears" on the billboard marking his arrival, and the local news people have no idea what it implies. In case you're hopelessly out of the l ...

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Hitchens lays the smackdown

I still find it telling no religious person has yet seriously dealt with Hitchens' challenge asking to show evidence that any moral action inspired by religion could not also be accomplished without reliance on the supernatural. I've said time and time again: there is no reason to believe in a world beyond the material reality of this one. The only reason we think there is one is because for the longest tim ...

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Senator Shultheis wants to open schools to proselytizers

Religious proselytizers have a new buzzword their throwing around to try and justify their renewed efforts to break down the wall separating church and state; they are arguing that their religious freedoms are being threatened. Take this example: Sen. David Schultheis is proposing a new bill that would allow students and faculty members to actively try and recruit on school grounds. Schultheis, a Republican ...

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You mean Religions AREN’T allowed to dictate civil rights?

In case you were unaware, Mormons typically don't like gays. They hate them so much they devoted a significant portion of their resources to pushing for Prop 8, using all kinds of ridiculous fear mongering and veiled bigotry to convince people that allowing marriages between individuals of the same sex would somehow torpedo their own unions. It didn't matter to them this was a complete and utter fabrication ...

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Girl buried alive in Turkey for talking to boys

Here's a scary thought: roughly half of all murders in Turkey are honor killings. That's roughly 200 cases of women being killed by family members for the "crime" of offending the family's honor. What does that entail, exactly? Well, take the story of Medine Memi, a teenage girl who was buried alive by her father and grandfather for having male friends. Media reports said the father had told relatives he wa ...

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This is considered hate speech?

I think overly sensitive Christians need to re-examine their definition of hate speech. Political hopeful William J. Kelly is attempting to make a mountain out of a molehill, claiming a sign erected by the Freedom from Religion Foundation in the Illinois Capital Building is hate speech: At the time of the winter solstice, let reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There ...

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Hot Atheist Chick on why evolution is true

Yes, I'm aware her YouTube name is actually ZOMGitsCriss, but that doesn't mean I have to like it (also, the intro song is actually a little bit terrible, but in a cute way). Here is her latest video explaining why evolution is true. She provides extensive examples of transitional fossils for doubters who apparently can't be bothered to do research themselves (presumably out of fear of being proved wrong). ...

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