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Banned book week!

Yep, it's banned book week, and one person who has an opinion on the subject is author Philip Pullman, whose book Northern Lights (turned into the movie The Golden Compass) is high on the list of books in the crosshairs of religious institutions. Here are his thoughts on the subject, care of the Guardian: In fact, when it comes to banning books, religion is the worst reason of the lot. Religion, uncontamina ...

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More on the Temple of Science

We talked a little bit about the Temple of Science a few weeks back, and now Wired has an interview with the creator. Artist Builds Temple of Science | Wired Science from Wired.com Keats' conception of that idea took shape as a two-story building complete with stained-glass windows patterned after cosmic microwave background radiation and a liturgy based on the sounds of the Big Bang. The Atheon opened Sept ...

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Economic fundamentalism

I'm not one to normally write about economic issues. Although I do hold very specific and, as some would say, rather radical economic views, I have noticed a trend in economic thought which mimics the fundamentalism found in religion. I am referring to The Church of the Free Market. I've recently been studying the economic trends of the past 40 years, and found it to be quite enlightening. It gave me a glim ...

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An atheist church

Jake caused quite a stir with the concept of atheism as an organized religion (a much better article than my random link posts). Now an artist in San Francisco is converting a building into something of an atheist church as part of an exhibition for the Judah L Magnes Museum. From Boing Boing: Instead of telling the story of baby Jesus, the Atheon's stained glass windows will show cosmic microwave backgroun ...

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Obama talks about our god: science

As ripe and low hanging a fruit as it would be to pick, I'm trying to stay away from a few topics on this blog: people killing over religion abroad, and ignorant politicians believing in ignorant things. These two topics are so overdone you can't really look at a news site without reading about it, so I'll leave it alone. Yes, I'm aware Sarah Palin is the atheist equivalent of the anti-christ (well not real ...

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Atheist dating strategies

The Atheist Revolution has two posts on the topic of atheist dating that I just HAVE to post up (and don't forget to read the comments, they're just as interesting). Jake (the Good Atheist himself) is constantly struggling with some of the issues and questions brought up by these posts, like "How do you respect people who believe in such dumb things?" And no, I'm not saying believing in a god is necessarily ...

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Dawkins: the evangelical atheist?

Another review of Dawkins' new documentary The Genius of Charles Darwin. This reviewer finds conflict in Dawkins' attempt to play at times both the impartial scientist and the firebrand atheist. Personally, I can understand: Even the best of scientists will go batshit insane after explaining why 2+2 = 4 and not 3, only to be perpetually ignored or told "Let these people think it's 3 if they want to, it's ok ...

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Dawkins’ new documentary

This month saw the release of a new Dawkins related documentary called The Genius of Charles Darwin - you can read more about it here or just download the torrents here. My criticism of Dawkins has always been that he's so hardcore about his disdain for religion it turns off many religious fence sitters who might be more receptive to a moderate atheist message. Yeah, I know the whole 'moderate atheism will ...

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Jefferson the atheist

More 'No love for atheists in today's Democratic party' articles! But this one includes an interesting anecdote from the early days of America's history, when atheist presidential candidates roamed the earth: And if Senator Obama, a committed Christian, were ever attacked for something so minute as, say, making space on a dais for a Humanist clergyperson? He could successfully take a page from the president ...

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Religious schools in the UK can now legally discriminate

We've come a long way over the past 100 years, but do you ever feel like we're slowly starting to slide backwards when you hear about stuff like this? Leading academics, authors and scientists are launching a campaign to stop state-funded faith schools from discriminating against students and teachers on the grounds of religion. From Monday, such schools will be allowed to include faith as a selection crite ...

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