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Jon Stewart on religion

Before Jon was a superstar talk show host, he was working the comedy circuit like everyone else. Here's one of his older bits on religion. Man does he look young in this. Is this pre-"Death to Smoochie"? ...

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Religion continues to fight progress in France

If you thought a country like France was free from the influence of religion on their science programs, I'm afraid I'll have to disappoint you. The government was planning on easing restriction on embryonic cell research, but the Catholic Church lobbied hard to prevent this, and it appears they've had some success. “The Catholics have succeeded in imposing their view on embryos and seem to be succeeding in ...

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Mormon Elder claims Freedom of Religion in jeopardy

There are two things that will never change in this world: 1) people will always have reasons to hate others, and 2) religions will always provide a way to make this exceedingly easy. Take the Mormon Church for example: they've been diligently working to ensure that gays and lesbians aren't allowed to marry out of the ridiculous notion that doing so "violates" the sanctity of marriage. Because of a few pass ...

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Another idiot claims atheism is a religion

Religious people are hilarious. How many times have we been accused of being "just another religion"? I imagine just stating this baseless canard must be a way for them to feel comforted by the idea that atheists base their beliefs on the same dogmatic mechanism they use. Unfortunately for them, it's ludicrously easy to demonstrate just how wrong this idea is. I fell upon an article this morning claiming th ...

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Religion is for the simple

There's an article that appeared in the Guardian today entitled "Christianity: a faith for the simple", and while I agree with the premise of the article, I feel as though the author got everything precisely wrong on the subject. There was a recent study done in the US polling the religiosity of the country's scientists, which I'm unhappy to report is higher than in most other countries. Of course, the rela ...

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It’s not religion we crave, it’s connections

A new study published in the American Sociological Review confirmed something most of us already know: it isn't theology and spirituality that explains the positive relationship between religion and happiness; it's the community element. Our study offers compelling evidence that it is the social aspects of religion rather than theology or spirituality that leads to life satisfaction,” said Chaeyoon Lim, an ...

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Another reason to despise religion

This picture was taken at a Christian funded daycare center for 2-4 year olds. My hope is that most of those kids don't actually know how to read, since the message on this little billboard nicely summarizes everything wrong about religion. You don't own your body: an invisible sky lord does! He paid the price and now you owe him for all eternity! It's nothing more than slavery. The one thing we need less o ...

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Intelligence Squared Debate: Is Islam a religion of peace?

Here is Ayaan Hirsi Ali debating whether or not Islam is a religion of peace. I spend an inordinate amount of time debating this with people, but unlike Ayaan, I haven't had first hand experience in the violence and misogyny of Islam. I'm sick of the argument politics is responsible for the violence of this religion. Why is everyone ignoring the elephant in the room? The actions of the religious may be poli ...

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