FREETHINKER n. One who has rejected authority and dogma, especially in his religious thinking, in favor of rational inquiry and speculation.
Posted by: theGuy | July 13, 2010
What REALLY Happened to the Dinosaurs (via Inside the Atheists Studio)
I found this hilariously appalling children’s creationism book available for free download. I decided to improve upon it by replacing the text with my own. You can see the original here (warning: not safe for children).
@Pete As an atheist I reject claims of the existence of any gods. That includes yours. I think you would agree that fearing or giving glory to or worshipping that which does not exist would seem pretty silly. Therefore, I respectfully decline.
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The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. We have a special bonus Point of Inquiry going up later today, a Halloween extra with our own Joe Nickell, who attempts to contact the spirit of Harry Houdini, and talks about Houdini’s skeptic side. Stay tuned. And when it’s posted, you’ll ask, we […]
Walk into a large bookstore and note the signs for different genres: True Crime, Photography, Nature, the Occult. . . . Threatening to take over the latter is a sub-group that is proliferating so rapidly I think it deserves its own genre: Haunting Hokum. One recognizes this type of book at a glance. It invariably fits several of the following criteria: a spo […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly acknowledges that he’s gay for the first time. In a piece for Bloomberg Businessweek he writes: Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me. ... If hearing tha […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Pope Francis is fluffy for exorcists, thanking them for sharing the church’s “love for those possessed” by Satan. Folks this is right after he made news for saying he’s cool with evolution. Come on, Pope Fluffy! What’s with the two-steps-forward, t […]
Lately, there has been a great deal of internet banter and vociferous debate about the ways that people make their arguments online by using terms of derision, and generally acting in ways that seem to some of us to be uncivil or downright mean. Whether it is among the “new atheists,” or “gamers,” discussions, memes, and sometimes threats traded among those […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. CFI’s Stef McGraw The Course of Reason blog has a really good post on Brittany Maynard and the religious response to her decision to end her life: Religion has a funny way of deluding people into thinking that suffering a prolonged and painful deat […]
In early October I spent a few days in enchanting Montreal, on two of which (the 6th and 7th) I participated in the annual event, The Loren Trottier Public Science Symposium at McGill University. (Dr. Trottier—an engineer, co-founder of the famous graphics and imaging group Matrox, and recipient of many prestigious honors and awards—makes this event possible […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Some folks in politics and the media want to scare the crap out of you about Ebola. Others want you to calm down and know there’s nothing to worry about. Then you read this interview by James Hamblin with Dr. Steven Hatfill in The Atlantic, and you […]
Here’s an illuminating analogy from the late Douglas Adams (of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy fame): “…imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, ‘This is an interesting world I find myself in — an interesting hole I find myself in — fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it! […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Yesterday, we officially announced our 2015 international conference, Reason for Change, happening in June at the CFI mothership in Buffalo. It’s kind of a big deal. Raif Badawi, imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for his dissent, is awarded the PEN Canada […]
BIO: "I like questions more than answers . . . so the eloquence of mystery reaches deeper into me than sermons or commandments. To compromise natural human curiosity for "divine" answers (delivered by other humans) seems silly. And a lot less fun."
Vitaly Milonov, a St Petersburg city council member and fanatical follower of the Russian Orthodox Church, wants gay Apple CEO Tim Cook kept out of Russia. Milonov asked: What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? … Ban him for life. Milonov is known internationally as the author of a citywide ban on […]
The Shaikh of Al Azhar, Ahmad Al Tayeb, recently sounded a warning over the spread of atheism in Egypt. The authorities have now promised a drive against godlessness. The leading Islamic cleric declared on Egyptian state TV: Atheism is no longer a marginal issue. It has become one of the many challenges facing the country. There […]
A ‘distraught’ Diocese of Trieste says it will entrust the soul of Fr Maks Suard, above, ‘to the prayers of those of goodwill and to the mercy of the heavenly Father’. The Diocese, according to this report, yesterday announced “with a spirit full of sorrow and dismay” that Suard, who had recently admitted to sexual […]
Christian psychiatrist Dr Keith Ablow, a member of the Fox News Medical A-Team, is calling for a world-wide war against infidels. In an op-ed for Fox News earlier this week, Ablow wrote: Among the many definitions of jihad are a ‘war or struggle against unbelievers’ and ‘a crusade for a principle or belief’. Given those […]
You would think Ebola would be enough for the people of Liberia and Sierra Leone to deal with. Unrequested visits from homeopaths seem like a cruelly excessive additional burden, but that’s what they’re getting all the same. A website calling itself the National Center for Homeopathy reports homeopathic boots on the ground in “West Africa” […]
An International Association of Exorcists conference, being held in Rome this week, has earned praise from Pope Francis. The first gathering of its kind brings together a cackle of 300 clerics from 30 countries, all hell-bent on ridding the world of demons. The Pope is reportedly delighted with their efforts to combat “the Devil’s works”, and […]
A one-day creationist conference at Michigan State University (MSU) will include a discussion of how evolutionary theory influenced Adolf Hitler’s worldview. According to Science Insider, the 1 November event, called the Origin Summit, is sponsored by Creation Summit, an Oklahoma-based non-profit Christian group that believes in a literal interpretation of t […]
Three members of the University of Northampton’s Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes (CSAPP) have successfully received funding to investigate life after death. The funding, according to the university, comes from the Society for Psychical Research’s (SPR) Survival Research Committee. The three members of CSAPP who have secured the fund […]
Lawyers defending Mohammad Amin, who raped the girl in a mosque in Afganistan, argued that this was a case of ‘adultery’, and that, under sharia law, he should only be lashed, then freed. But according to this report, judge Judge Mohammad Suliman Rasuli contemptuously dismissed this defence, saying that the victim: Cannot commit adultery; she […]
Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma have arrested youth pastor Timothy Shawn Cato, 50, for allegedly sexually abusing youngsters. Court documents indicate that Cato used his status as a youth pastor and a volunteer at an Oklahoma Department of Human Services children’s shelter to gain the trust of children, and then sexually abuse them. TPD Sgt. Mike […]