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Atheist facing jail time in Indonesia for blasphemy

It's easy to forget the right to express our disbelief is a fairly recent phenomenon. I recognize many fans were angry when I argued Neil DeGrasse Tyson's reaction of the title 'atheist' was an act of intellectual cowardliness, but I voiced my anger precisely because I know how important it is for some to even express their disbelief. The bravery of those willing to stand up for what they believe (or in thi ...

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Cardinal refuses to step down despite evidence of failure to report abuse

It doesn't ever seem to stop, does it? As the Catholic Church slowly comes to terms with the fact their record of abuse, and failure to report said abuse, is slowly destroying their organization, Ireland, once a stronghold of Catholicism, is rapidly moving away from the faith in light of damning reports that show widespread sexual and physical abuse at the hands of priests. The latest scandal involves Cardi ...

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Homeless for 2 more weeks

Hey gang, Some of you may be wondering what's been going on with the site, and in particular, the show. As some of you may know, I've moved to Calgary, but like any big move, you often find yourself couch surfing while you try and secure a place to live. Calgary is an expensive town, and finding something on our meager budget wasn't easy. I'm happy to announce, however, Carisa and I have found a place to li ...

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Father wants to protect child from reality

When you stop placating people and call them out on their bullshit, you're bound to hurt their feelings. While some of us are comfortable with the idea of letting dumb or dangerous ideas thrive under the banner of "tolerance", there are those brave few who cannot stay silent in the face of the injustices brought on by antiquated religious belief. When Dan Savage recently spoke to students at a High School J ...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson gets bitchslapped

If you haven't watched Neil's disappointing and rather insulting Big Think video, I recommend you do; it'll demonstrate what I feel is his intellectual cowardliness in regard to the fundamental issue of his belief. While he's being vetted as Carl Sagan's spiritual successor, Neil lacks this man's intellectual courage, particularly when it comes to fighting the evils of irrational thinking. Carl was never as ...

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Exposing the bigotry of religion makes us bullies, apparently

What happens when your privileged place in society begins to erode? Well, like a spoiled child, you relentlessly accuse others of being mean bullies for not letting them have their way. It takes time to become an adult, but expecting religion to mature is unrealistic. Take Matt Barber: He's accusing secularists of being "bullies", and his solution is playground fare: punch them in the mouth, Christians! How ...

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It Doesn’t Get Better – Mormon Edition

When Dan Savage started his "It Gets Better" Campaign in September of 2010, he hoped it would let bullied teens know life improves over time, and the bullying they experience in school is only temporary. For the most part, these videos are meant to speak to young gays and lesbians in high school, where the majority of bullying takes place. One serious exception to this rule is Brigham Young University, one ...

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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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Do we need religion to be a moral society?

Honestly, this is a silly question. It would be more accurate to ask "can we still be a moral society despite religion's influence?" Let's remember for a moment the world is still made a more miserable place because of sectarian infighting. How many regions of the world are currently engaged in immoral acts of violence against one another specifically in the name of their religion? When the Catholic bishop ...

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Romney attempts to use fear of secularism to gain votes

Oh religious people: you can never be sure if they love religion or secretly despise it. Why else would they resort to calling our free-thought movement "a religion" if not to criticize it? Obviously they recognize the fact that by definition, a religion is a creepy organization intent on pushing through their wacky agenda. While I agree this is a definite aspect of all religion, conflating our lack of beli ...

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