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“The Faith of Christopher Hitchens” …In Which I Read Snake Oil

I’m starting to wonder if it isn’t the fate of prominent atheists to end up with Christian apologists for spokesmen. Okay, I don’t literally believe in fate (either), but let’s just say the pattern is starting to look a little too common.

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Added by Dan Wall on April 21, 2016 at 7:51am — 1 Comment

The Horrors of Alabama’s Unregulated Religious Day Cares

If you need yet another reason to believe that Christian privilege in the US is a threat to children, then read on. When will this insanity end?

The Horrors of Alabama’s Unregulated Religious Day Cares



These days, the phrase “religious liberty” …

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Added by Dismal Desmond on April 20, 2016 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

The Evil We Do Lives After Us

I just watched Roman Polanski's “The Pianist”. Now, being Polish, my mother ran a Polish restaurant on Kent Avenue across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the war, I was aghast at the brutality and cruelty perpetrated on my mother and father's family in Krakow and Warsaw, respectively. A fuckin' horror, just about the lowest levels of human depravity and sadism ever experienced.

To me, the immortal Shakespeare was the greatest writer in human history. The movie reminded…

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Added by Rich Goss on April 20, 2016 at 12:36pm — 14 Comments

A “Strange” World or the World We Live In?

A long time ago, I was something of a fan of Marvel Comics, and among my favorites was Doctor Strange. By way of introduction, Steven Strange started out as a medical doctor who was forcibly introduced to the idea that objective reality as we know it was only one such reality, that there were others which had the potential to interact with ours, both for good and for ill. Figuratively slapped in the face with this revelation, Strange set about to learn all that he could about this new…

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Added by Loren Miller on April 13, 2016 at 9:15am — 6 Comments

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

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