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Rick Warren thinks atheists hate their dads

I've always found it amusing how religious folks try to peg atheists. Most of them think we don't believe in God simply because we were spurned in some way, and in our pettiness, we rejected God. I won't deny there are definitely more than a few atheists who essentially hold their views more out of spite than reason, but it's certainly not true for most of us. Pastor Rick Warren would disagree with me. He's ...

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Grumpy old man claims global warming is a hoax

Here's an amusing / frustrating video of Weather Channel founder John Coleman trying his best to blast global warming. He's concerned about how 'upset' people are, as though being worried about the environment is slowly killing people's souls. He also believes things are just fine, and there is no need for concern. It seems his biggest proof is simply that the polar icecaps are not going to melt, despite cl ...

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The inequities of the ‘War on Terror’

On December 14th, 1999, a man named Amhed Ressam was arrested crossing the Canadian-American border. Custom officials found explosives hidden in his spare tire, and more bomb making materials in his apartment in Montreal, Quebec. He was subsequently interrogated, and in return for a lighter sentence, Ressam would reveal the existence of a complex sleeper cell network to investigators, eventually leading to ...

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One step forward, two steps back

A few weeks ago, I was contemplating whether or not I should continue trying to write my book on atheism. Part of my hesitation came from the fact there are already so many books on the subject, and everyone with a soapbox believes they have something to say on the issue. It can make a person's own opinion on the subject feel small and relatively unimportant. Still, events seem to conspire to force me into ...

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Howard Dean talks democratic faith

Republicans aren't the only ones dragging faith and religion deeper into the American political landscape. Here's DNC head Howard Dean talking about the Democratic party's attempt to 'increase its displays of religiosity': Faith is faith,he exclaimed. Faith in God is something that is common to human beings. He was quick to acknowledge that secular people in the Democratic Party still have values. Dean su ...

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How to Deal with Tragedy in the Atheism Community

By now, most of you are probably aware, at least tangentially, that a former contributing host by the name of Scott Smith of the "Recovering From Religion" podcast was involved in the murder-suicide of his wife yesterday. Many of his Facebook friends were also witness to the events in real time, as Scott had posted a cryptic "goodbye" on his page, prompting many to be concerned. These fears were justified w ...

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A Trip Through Time

Imagine for a moment that you had inadvertently recorded an audio diary of your life on a weekly basis, for almost a full decade. How would you react if you were suddenly forced to confront every detail of it? This is my life now, at least for the next few months as I finish uploading all the old podcasts to youtube. I've finally posted 100 episodes as of this article, as part of my effort to remaster the b ...

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TGA Podcast EP: 332

This week, my special guest is Vyckie Garrison who joins us to discuss her latest talk (see video below). We also chat about her recent project to save her home. You can easily contribute by buying a copy of Bible Stories. All sales this week will go to her! ...

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This guy is so wrong it hurts

The Internet is weird. I've been blogging for so long that sometimes I just gloss over the fact that it's filled with weirdos, and the people who love them. The thing that makes the web so interesting a place is you never know when they'll come crawling out of the woodwork. Case in point: in 2010 I wrote an article critical of "biocentrism", this rather egotistical belief that the Earth is perfectly suitabl ...

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