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Shitty journalist thinks ‘militant atheism’ must be fought

How to spot a poorly written article about atheism. (1) The words 'fundamentalist' or 'militant' are used in the article without any real justification (i.e., do these words have the same meaning for our religious counter-parts, I wonder) (2) 'Atheistic' regimes are blamed for the worst human rights offenses (3) We're told that secularism is an imposition rather than redressing a clear inequity. It's clear ...

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My head hurts now

I know I shouldn't watch any Fox News stuff involving everyone's favorite airhead, but anytime I see a headline like "America declares War on Christianity", I can't help myself. Here's a little piece of advice from your friendly neighbors up North: stop calling all conflicts "war". It's insanely dangerous rhetoric, and you devalue the meaning of the word when it comes to the "horror" of Christmas parades be ...

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Tim Minchin learns a valuable lesson

Some of you might already be aware Tim Minchin wrote an atheist Christmas song for a charity CD, and the proceeds went to the Salvation Army. Pharyngula wrote that he was disappointed that Tim would support such a corrupt organization, but to be fair, it looks like he was unaware the money would be going to these homophobic douchebags. Regardless, he decided not to make a big deal of it, and the whole thing ...

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Nativity scene win

I don't know what's more awesome; the fact this couple felt it was a good idea to depict their dog as the Messiah, or the hilarious look on the poor pup's face which says either "get me out of here", or "kill me now". Looks like I have a new picture to use for Christmas cards next year... (from my new obsession of the day, Awkward Family Photos) ...

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Chuck Norris is insane

Before he can become "President of Texas", Chuck Norris is on an anti-abortion campaign. He regularly blogs for the ultra conservative World Net Daily, and reading his posts is an exercise in both patience and a form of torture in some countries. In his latest opus, Chucky takes on health care reform, lambasting Democrats for trying to provide abortion services to women in need. He's not cool with that idea ...

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God might be all powerful, but his wallet isn’t

I've always been both repulsed and annoyed at the way religious organizations exploit the poor. How many times have I seen or read of preachers pressuring their flock to give when their own cupboards are empty? Too many to count I imagine.  Elder Lynn G. Robbins is a businessman and high ranking member of the Church of Latter-Day Saints. He wrote an article a while back calling on the destitute to obey the ...

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Can belief in God be a good thing?

I received this email from long time fan of the site James, who recently had an experience with his mother he thought was worth sharing. I've received this kind of question pretty often, and I thought it might be good bring it up again to clarify my position. Here is James' letter: I really liked yesterday’s TGA bonus episode. Couldn’t agree more that End of Faith is my favourite of the books you mentioned. ...

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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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It’s Thanksgiving, apparently

I've only ever liked one holiday of the year. I usually can't stand Christmas, mostly because I find it shameful that the celebration of winter solstice has devolved into a consumerist holiday. Halloween is just annoying; although it's cute to see little kids in their funny costumes, I see more young adults dressed like fools desperately trying to recapture the magic of their childhood. Easter is a waste of ...

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Religion and the need for tradition

In today's culture, things change rapidly. We almost seem to take it for granted that something you know today will be different tomorrow, maybe radically so. But human beings historically haven't been accustomed to rapid change for very long. It used to be what your father knew, and what his father knew, wouldn't be different from what you knew too. There were certain ways of doing things, and that's all t ...

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