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Bangladesh Minister says secular bloggers “should control their writings”

Bangladesh Minister says secular bloggers “should control their writings”

Bangladeshi secular bloggers should “control” their writings, the country’s home minister said on Sunday even as he asserted that home-grown militants and not the Bangladeshi branch of al Qaida are responsible for the grisly murder of a 26-year-old secular blogger.

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan’s statement came days after Ansar al-Islam, the Bangladeshi division of al Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent,…

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Added by Kambiz Nadri on April 13, 2016 at 7:15am — 6 Comments

Why Humanism should matter to atheists



There is a lot of confusion about Humanism within the atheist community.

First, not everyone knows what it is. Those that do often think of it as a form of atheism. Some people think of Humanism as a nice way to say you are an atheist without triggering the negativity association with the word…

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Added by Jennifer Hancock on April 12, 2016 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

YET....again...

So it is election year.

And they are pandering to the "Religious Nuts" in America.

I see all these states passing these "Religious Liberty" laws.

They are so unconstitutional.

And they will get overturned in the Federal Courts.

So I look at these "laws" and I feel that the politicians who make them, and pass them, are the ones who should have to pay all the legal costs incurred when they land in the Federal Courts.

And why not?

Don't these…

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Added by Rick on April 12, 2016 at 12:27am — 5 Comments

YET....again...

So it is election year.

And they are pandering to the "Religious Nuts" in America.

I see all these states passing these "Religious Liberty" laws.

They are so unconstitutional.

And they will get overturned in the Federal Courts.

So I look at these "laws" and I feel that the politicians who make them, and pass them, are the ones who should have to pay all the legal costs incurred when they land in the Federal Courts.

And why not?

Don't these…

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Added by Rick on April 12, 2016 at 12:27am — 4 Comments

GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, BUT THE MOVIE IS—AGAIN

Recently, I watched a movie named “God Is Not Dead 2” fully intending to remain neutral although I’d already seen “God’s Not Dead.” The first movie sucked and this one is even worse. It is more propaganda than a movie and the proselytizing is obnoxious. Once again, those poor Christians are…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 11, 2016 at 9:42pm — 19 Comments

Human sacrifice may have helped societies become more complex

From the article:

“There is anecdotal evidence from other areas of the world that human sacrifice was used to maintain and control populations,” says psychologist Joseph Watts, a doctoral student who studies cultural evolution at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

You don't say!

In highly stratified societies, class differences were strict, social mobility restricted, and stature largely…

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Added by Dismal Desmond on April 5, 2016 at 8:04pm — 5 Comments

The 13 countries where being an atheist is punishable by death

Around the world, a number of countries continue to criminalise atheists and humanists, with 13 having laws which enable them to impose the death penalty

It’s often said that the world is becoming an increasingly secular place. Just last week David Cameron sparked backlash when he used his Easter message to describe the UK as “a Christian…

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Added by Kambiz Nadri on April 5, 2016 at 2:11am — 4 Comments

Conservative Governor Defends Sanctity of Traditional Phone Sex

Conservative Governor Defends Sanctity of Traditional Phone Sex

Traditional marriage — the kind where a 73-year-old Republican governor is caught on tape talking breathlessly about his married 44-year-old female aide’s breasts — is alive and well in Alabama.

The state, which has furiously fought the legalization of same-sex…

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Added by Dismal Desmond on April 3, 2016 at 9:18pm — 4 Comments

Are Your Easter Lilies Poisoning This California Town?

It just never ends....

Are Your Easter Lilies Poisoning This California Town?

Only a few months after moving to Smith River, California, in 2009, Cindy Cameron suffered a miscarriage. It was unexpected, as she and her husband, Tim, already had two children. Their Christian faith comforted them, but six months later she had a second miscarriage. Even then, they weren’t overly…

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Added by Dismal Desmond on April 3, 2016 at 9:11pm — 4 Comments

The evangelical fanaticism

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Added by Stefano Barbosa on April 3, 2016 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

Lord of the Flies and a Brief Biog

What an irony that my first published work has just been republished and will probably be my last. Back in January 1970 Timothy Leary spoke at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights and my poem Simon was published in the Village Voice. As some sort of committee member, my girlfriend Pat waited for an elevator next to him and whipped out the paper. Pointing at the page, “Hey, my boyfriend just had his poem published in the Voice, care to listen?” and…

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Added by Rich Goss on April 2, 2016 at 4:43pm — No Comments

when relatives push their religion on you or your kids

Some of us inform them that we will gladly supply them with freethought materials  to help them better understand reality, free of charge. For example you can give them a gift subscription to FFRF's  newsletter, Freethough Today.  Or make a donation to American Atheists, FFRF or some other atheist org in their names.  In other word you can use your secular freedoms to push democracy and free speech. If you hadn't already noticed, we are at war here in the USA for the survival of the…

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Added by eric stone on April 1, 2016 at 3:44pm — 1 Comment

Eight Tips for Writing an Eight-Tip Advice Post (Crazy Uncle of A Bullet Point Mind)

The internet is full of pages providing us with numbers.

Numbers and tips!

Numbers OF tips.

That’s right. The internet is full of posts containing a designated number of little advisatory gems. I don’t know how much use there is in reading these lists, but I’m convinced there must be a point to writing them. I reckon the wisdom must reside in the numbers. So, the secret to providing advice online must be to put the advice in the form of a list of useful tips. Most…

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Added by Dan Wall on March 31, 2016 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Fun with Gods and Gays!

NO GOD! FAMOUS ATHEISTS and INFAMOUS THEISTS!

My new eBook...an antidote for America's religiosity!

PLEASE forward this to your members, and others who may be interested.  MANY thanks, Mike.

Two new controversial eBooks by Mike Newell, ex-Broadway and London actor,

have  just become available on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Fire, fully illustrated in full color

500 famous thinkers’ thoughts about religion!

Including: Woody…

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Added by Mike Newell on March 28, 2016 at 11:51am — 1 Comment

Breast Ironing: 'Abhorrent practice' becoming 'endemic' in UK

I've never heard of this. Such barbarism comes out of Africa. 

Breast Ironing: 'Abhorrent practice' becoming 'endemic' in UK

The “abhorrent practice” of breast ironing, where a girl’s breasts are beaten and burned to stop them developing, could be “endemic” in some UK communities.

Speaking in a …

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Added by Dismal Desmond on March 28, 2016 at 10:52am — 1 Comment

Why Obama apologized to Argentina, and why he was right to

Why Obama apologized to Argentina, and why he was right to

President Barack Obama visited a memorial to victims of Argentina's "dirty war" on Thursday, where he gave a speech that expressed regret for the role that the US played in that country’s period of dictatorship and repression.

"The United States, when it reflects on what happened here, has to examine its own policies as well, and its own past," Obama said during the …

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Added by Dismal Desmond on March 28, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

My sort of in-laws keep trying to push their religion on us knowing we're atheists



It's no secret that my long time significant other and myself are Atheists.  I routinely post my antithesis thoughts & disdain especially for Christianity (you would understand if you lived in an area predominantly filled with whiny, entitled, intolerant, paranoid, & ignorant Southern Christians) on my social media account on which my almost-MIL is a friend & stalks my page.  My significant other has come out that he is not Christian in the last few years to his dad and…

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Added by Alicia Holtzhauer on March 28, 2016 at 1:20am — 3 Comments

Happy Easter, Bloody Easter

“In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,

You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade…

On the Avenue, Fifth Avenue, photographers will snap us

And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure…”

Irving Berlin

“They tried to nail him down, but he got away.”

Marquee outside church in Massachusetts

Well, it’s that day again, and our Greek Orthodox friends, as well as our Roman…

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Added by Alan Perlman on March 26, 2016 at 4:00pm — 14 Comments

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