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Saudi police prevent fire rescue

People sometimes criticize me for taking such a strong stance against Islam. I'm told it's a religion of peace by many of its practitioners. I'd like very much to believe them, but the actions of its strictest adherents continues to shock and dismay. Take this story in Saudi Arabia where 15 school girls died in a fire. Their deaths could have been prevented, but the rescue was hindered by the fact the polic ...

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Pharmacists sue for right to deny medication

There's a disturbing new trend in the US. Pharmacists are attempting to prevent the sale of the morning after pill because of their belief life begins at conception. In Washington state, the government has taken the position it is illegal to deny any care based on religious convictions, due to the simple fact that their profession is not subject to theocratic moralization. This hasn't pleased everyone, and ...

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Canadian government isn’t doing the right thing

I've never understood why the Canadian government is so adamant about keeping certain immigrants while simultaneously trying to kick others out, especially when the people we send back to their home countries are in danger. While we harbor ex Nazis, mafia criminals, and other genocidal monsters, we also try to get rid of good people who seek our protection. Roohi Tabassum is an illegal immigrant who says sh ...

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Is it time for atheists to call it quits?

I'm still amazed there are atheists out there who think the 'battle' is over. Although it may be true that close to 20% of the American population can effectively be called 'non-religious', this hasn't significantly changed how God fearing people see atheists. It would be nice to be able to live peacefully with one another without fear of persecution, bigotry, or hatred. Sadly, we do not yet live in a world ...

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Canadian parliament member James Lunney is an idiot

I've often been accused of being anti-American. It's true I love to criticize the crazy things that go on down there, but I'm well aware stupidity, ignorance and bigotry are not uniquely American. Here's a classic example of Canadian idiocy care of James Lunney, Conservative member of Parliament: Mr. Speaker, recently we saw an attempt to ridicule the presumed beliefs of a member of this House and the belie ...

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UN should protect people, not institutions

Here's an interesting article from The Economist that deals with the UN's resolution to make defamation of religion illegal. We're all aware of how toothless the UN really is, but it doesn't change the fact this resolution attempts to protect religious institutions instead of individuals. Think of it this way; when the UN was created shortly after the end of the Second World War, world governments realized ...

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The Godfather Dilemma

I don't have very many religious friends, so I haven't often been put in a position where my beliefs were really challenged. I received an email from a friend recently concerning a very interesting dilemma he's facing (I'm including most of the letter intact since James is an excellent writer): [T]here's something atheism-related that I'd be interested to get your input on. In fact, if you feel it's a topic ...

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Britain gives grant to psychics

Deborah and Paul Rees make their living by scamming people. They probably aren't fully aware of the fraud themselves, convinced that they are helping families by their cheap 'psychic' act. The British government seems to think the practice is kosher, and has awarded a £4,500 grant for them to teach other people how to talk to the dead. I hate to rain on their parade, but if these two clowns really want to p ...

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Archbishop tells people “Don’t turn to God for help”

I understand the reasoning behind the Archbishop of Canterbury warning that humans are the ones who need to clean up the environment. It's logical, and I certainly won't argue with the logic. What I will argue with, however, is that Christians fundamentally believe the world going to shit is actually a good thing, since it means their Lord will come back, send all the good people to heaven, and fix everythi ...

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Another voice for legalization of drugs

There've been many high profile economists who have come out publicly calling on the US to repeal drug prohibition laws. Today, it's Harvard Economist Jeffrey Miron talking to CNN.com. If you're wondering why so many economists are coming out of the woodwork to talk about prohibition, consider the last time the US faced a depression, one of the big policy changes that went into effect was the abolition of a ...

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