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Disparaging creationism violates the First Amendment

I had never heard of James Corbett until today, when I read a letter he wrote in response to a judge finding him guilty of violating the First Amendment by speaking his mind. I know it sounds as though I wrote that wrong, but apparently disparaging creationism during class time is a big no-no in America. Corbett was sued by one of his students, and lost in a federal court that found he had violated the Esta ...

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Church tried to lure kids into creepy van for baptisms

It used to be you only needed to warn your kids not to trust strangers trying to lure them into their vehicles for fear they might be kidnapped. Now parents in Colorado Springs have to worry about the Cornerstone Baptist Church luring their kids inside their creepy vans in order to baptize them. That's what nearly happened to a 7th grader at Russell Middle School. Administrators immediately sent a warning o ...

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Shocker: atheists are despised!

Austin Cline over at About.com put together this comprehensive list of surveys showing just how despised atheists are as a minority. When Americans were asked who they would vote for, the atheist candidate was always the most hated one. For people like you and me, this kind of attitude seems pretty puzzling. Sure, we can be a bunch of killjoys at parties, but statistically, we are less likely to commit viol ...

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Leading their sheep astray

The image of sheep is a popular metaphor in Christianity. Jesus is portrayed as a shepherd, leading his flock into paradise. Believers are encouraged to be generous, kind, and meek, all qualities of good sheep. At the time the Bible was written, the profession of shepherd was common, and it's easy to understand how the romanticism of this job would appeal to the people of that period. But there is something ...

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Alberta is run by morons

I can't beat around the bush when it comes to Alberta and their education policy: moronic is too kind a word, but I'm working on toning down my swearing. Their government is proposing a new bill allowing parents to pull their children from discussions of evolution or homosexuality in public schools, and it's expected to pass. Parents who want their children to be sheltered from evolutionary fact, or from se ...

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Can we trust religions to stay moderate?

Do you know why the fish is the ancient symbol of Christianity? Odds are you've never really thought about it, or considered it another oddity in the religion. However there was a time when the cross was not the official symbol of the Church. Instead, it was the fish (now often referred to as the "Jesus fish"). While they suffered prosecution at the hands of the Romans, many would use it as a symbol to dema ...

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Nate Phelps on his experience in the Westboro Baptist Church

If you've never heard of the Westboro Baptist Church, they are the guys who picket the funerals of soldiers with placards that say 'God hates Fags' and other hate speech. The patriarch of the family is a man by the name of Fred Phelps, Nate's father. The following is a speech he gave at the American Atheist convention in Atlanta, Georgia. It's some really stirring stuff, so if you have a few minutes, take t ...

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Blasphemy bill proposed in Ireland

Alright, you guys in Ireland need to get your shit together. When reading this article on a proposed "Defamation Bill", I had failed to realize it was already a crime to defame religion in your Republic. The problem is, of course, the very concept of 'freedom of speech' conflicts with any special provisions meant to protect religion. Apparently, having +90% of your population actual believers isn't enough. ...

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Freaky/Fascinating letter

Superfan Kate forwarded me an email she received when attempting to contact the maker of the film Return of Christ. Rather than a simple "hi, thanks for contacting me", Kate got a long diatribe about this man's own personal world view. What I found most intriguing is how Josiah has mentally justified his beliefs. Here is the first part of the letter: My Hope is the first thing that distinguishes me from thi ...

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Animal testing is a hard reality

What I like about PZ Myers is he speaks his mind, and takes a stance on a variety of controversial subjects. Because he's a biologist by trade, he's passionate about defending animal testing. It's not a popular position, but as he mentions in his blog, the tactics of animal rights activists are sometimes completely disgraceful and dangerous. Take this incident that occurred in 2006: J. David Jentsch, a UCLA ...

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