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Jacob vs Jesus: battle for God status

I found this website the other day, and thought some of you might be amused by what they are trying to 'prove'. This is a site obviously masquerading as scholarly, and asking pointless questions like: "Did Jesus lie when he claimed he was a God". That this question is even asked seems so ridiculous I don't feel the need to answer it. I shall, therefore, prove to all my loyal readers that I, Jacob Fortin am ...

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Religious people better at self control

Here's an interesting article in the New York Times about how religion seems to help people have more self control. Normally, I would try and tear apart these kinds of articles, but in this case I don't necessarily disagree with the findings. Intuitively, it seems right to me; I don't know many people who could fight off the impulse of sex in favor of a relationship with God (I'm talking about Nuns and Cath ...

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Religious people are easily frightened

TGA reader Ben sent me this link. It's from a Australian news site, and deals with the issue of having secular ethics as an option for primary school parents. Seems as though the staff and parents aren't too pleased about it: Research director Jenny Stokes said: "If you go there, where do you stop? What about witchcraft or Satanism? If you accredit humanism, then those things would have an equal claim to be ...

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The Santa experiment

I don't have any children, although like any young adult, I've often contemplated how I would raise my own. I never particularly liked Christmas, and I always felt it unwise and deceitful to teach my children the rather silly notion of Santa Claus. The big bearded guy stands for many of the values I do not believe in; mainly the capitalist, consumerist attitude I feel is quickly destroying our planet. Recen ...

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I knew it, Christmas IS evil!

More on the War on Christmas, and this time, it's not coming from us filthy atheists. Anjem Choudary is a Muslim chairman for the Society of Muslim Lawyers, and preaches on the corrupt influence Christmas apparently has on Muslims. Now it's one thing to dislike a holiday, but it's another entirely to decree yuletide festivities are a 'pathway to hellfire'. You gotta love these brimstone and hellfire guys. T ...

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Careful, you might bring down atheism!

In the past, I've been critical of a number of atheists who have discouraged me from participating and expanding a broader secular movement. These 'naysayers' now have a name, according to Austin Cline. These are 'Uncle Tom Atheists', and they are, apparently, a big problem. I'd like to start by pointing out how terribly insulting that phrase is. I'm not black, but I have many friends who are, and this moni ...

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Careful what you wish for, Christian Soldier!

The 'War on Christmas' is making everyone who fights for the promulgation of Christianity a little bit crazy. The latest story comes from Washington State, where a lawsuit was filed that allows distinct religious symbols to be displayed. After a bunch of Christians and Jews put up their decorations, it's now the turn of atheists to display their faith, and they have erected a sign that says There is no God, ...

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Muslims condemn attacks, go on defensive

In case you were completely cut off from the whole world and haven't heard, a group of Islamic terrorists executed 170 people in cold blood in Mumbai, India last week, and many religious leaders in the Muslim community have come out condemning the attacks, while also vehemently denying there is anything about their faith that may be causing these violent outbreaks. If Islam is such a peaceful religion, why ...

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Gazette Interview: Part 2

Some propose constructing a new language to be taught internationally, designed specifically to be easy to learn and understand, would you support such an idea? The idea of creating a new language was tried many years ago, and it was a dismal failure. Esperanto is now considered to be a joke among philologists (people who study languages). Generally speaking, it would be unrealistic to assume that anyone wo ...

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Are you offended by “Merry Christmas”?

My early memories of Christmas involved dreaming about what presents would be waiting for me under the tree when I awoke. I also remember the occasional disappointment over the sweater or sock in my stocking, but generally despite the usual selfishness of children, the experience was fun and enjoyable. Like most of my friends, we celebrated Christmas for the presents, and although the story of Jesus was nev ...

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