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Don’t be a Turkey!

Turkey is a strange country. In the 1920s, a military commander, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, started the Turkish national movement after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and formed the country now known as Turkey. He made special provisions to make the country secular, in order to prevent the Islamic church from wrestling control away from him. Like in the United States, the population is highly religious, and ...

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Violence being blamed on video games again

I'm an avid gamer, and I've often talked about the demonizing of video games in today's society. It seems like every time there's an incident involving some fucked up teenager attacking another, some group comes out of the woodwork and accuses the video game industry of corrupting youth. Today it's in England, which is proposing adding a tax on violent games. The man behind the idea, Richard Taylor, lost hi ...

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Atheist bus success!

Just when you think your country can't get anything right, something happens that makes you thankful everything hasn't totally gone to shit. Today's bit of good news comes from Ottawa, which has now approved the atheist bus campaign after previously refusing it on the grounds it would offend people. Here's the best quote from the article: ...Cullen went on to say that just because an opinion makes people un ...

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Do you question everything?

Unreasonable Faith asks an interesting question to the faithful: What if God was Disproved? I think, however, the answer to this question is fairly obvious: they would ignore it. Think about all the things religious people already ignore: evolution, the Constitution, sexual preferences (that one literally scares them to death); they even ignore parts of their own religious text they find inconvenient. I thi ...

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Religious affiliations are shifting

It's always interesting that perception does not usually reflect reality, specifically when it comes to religion. If you looked only at statistics, it would seem as religion were on a comeback, since studies have shown the average person attends church more often than in any period of American history. However, on the other side of the equation, it would appear that every state in the US has seen some signi ...

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Why Christians visit atheist blogs

I'm not really in the habit of visiting Christian blogs. There is nothing about their viewpoint I haven't heard or  read a million times. Jesus is Lord, Jesus is the way, the light and the only salvation. I get it; you love the guy. The Proud Atheist recently asked "why do Christians visit atheist sites", and I thought I might put in my two cents. Christianity is a proselytizing religion. If you aren't spre ...

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Nice ad…

Wow, and here I was complaining about how tame the atheist bus campaign message was. Islam: Submission to God reminds me why I revile this religion. Since God isn't actually around, the only thing you're submissive to is a dusty, poorly written tome that is completely incompatible with modern values. Oh, and graphic design FAIL! (props Friendly Atheist for the find) ...

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Richard Dawkins interview

BBC News has an interesting and in depth interview with Richard Dawkins. I've read almost everything he's written over the years, so I guess that makes me a fan. Personally, I much prefer it when he talks about science than religion, but that certainly doesn't mean it isn't always interesting. Here's a highlight: As the observance of religion in our particular country has declined, we've seen the rise of pe ...

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Who would Jesus shoot?

Imagine a crazed gunman with a semi automatic walks in to your workplace and declares anyone who isn't a Christian is going to die. He turns around to you and asks your religion. What would you say? Most of us wouldn't hesitate to lie, but for some folks, that's the worst thing you could do. Derik Bonestroo decided on Thursday that he was going to purge the Eldora ski resort of non Christians, and when he w ...

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Religious people are less stressed

There's a new study that seems to indicate religious people have less stress, and appear less worried about making mistakes than their secular counterparts. The study indicates something I've always known about religious people: they generally take a hands off attitude towards life. Think about this: when you are certain this life is only one form of existence, the only thing you have to worry about is plea ...

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