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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We are the Cleveland Freethinkers- a large and growing group of atheists, agnostics, humanists, and freethinkers from across northern Ohio and beyond.
We hope to help provide a beacon of rationalism in this highly irrational world.
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. It’s getting harder and harder to make these Heresies lighthearted, folks. Bear with me as I try and find the right balance day by day. The Islamic State releases a video of one of its operatives beheading journalist James Foley, who’d been missin […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. CFI’s Ed Beck, a former U.S. Marine, joins an important panel on HuffPost Live (with Point of Inquiry host Josh Zepps) discussing the unique challenges of humanists and atheists in the U.S. military. High profile Christians are under the growing i […]
The Ingersoll Conference occurred this past weekend here at CFI, and while I was preparing some display cases for the event, I re-discovered many interesting items that are part of our libraries’ collections. I also discovered some history about Ingersoll and his supposed conversion while on his death-bed back in 1899. Ingersoll passed away on July 21, 1899 […]
The hirsute (hairy) man-beast known as Sasquatch—or, since 1958, more commonly called Bigfoot—is elusive indeed. Although wanted dead or alive, no such living creature has ever been found (notwithstanding Roger Patterson’s 1967 film of “Patty,” supposedly a Bigfoot with pendulous breasts but actually the common Bigsuit or Sasquatchus costumedus). Neither has […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Just as there seemed to be a light at the end of the tunnel, things take a dark turn in Ferguson last night. On Thursday, CFI issued an official statement on the events to that point. Our CEO Ron Lindsay offers additional personal observations emph […]
The first observation is one the Center for Inquiry has already made, and in its official capacity, but it bears repeating. Although we recognize that the police (and now, apparently, the National Guard), have an obligation to maintain public order, that obligation must be fulfilled in a manner consistent with respect for our fundamental freedoms, including […]
There has been much discussion about the media in recent weeks, in terms of what the media is showing, not showing, and why. For example, as a Time magazine piece noted, “The streets of Ferguson, Mo. erupted in protest this weekend following the fatal police shooting of unarmed, black teenager Michael Brown on Saturday. But an organized form of protest quick […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Quick note: There will be no Morning Heresy tomorrow, and the blog will resume Monday. The rights to free expression and a free press were put into grave question last night in Ferguson, MO. I honestly don’t know how to handle this here in the Here […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. The Vatican calls upon world religions, particularly Muslims, to speak out against the violence and persecution perpetrated by ISIS: All must be unanimous in condemning unequivocally these crimes and in denouncing the use of religion to justify the […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Robin Williams died yesterday, apparently by suicide, at age 63. I posted my immediate thoughts here. Though not explicitly within the skepto-atheist wheelhouse, the situation in Ferguson, Missouri has major implications for free expression and as […]
BIO: "Life Member AA; Retired professor of Engineering & NASA scientist; Born Nigerian, raised Catholic; never warmed to myths/beliefs; Married 44 yrs to a religious zealot (but not a bigot); Raised three grown sons (34-44 years old); have 13 grand kids."
BIO: "Hi there! My name is Datta and I moved to Cleveland from Southern California about a month ago to begin Medical School. I was involved in Secular Student Alliance at UC Irvine and I have always been interested in skepticism."
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Liberty Ridge Farm in in Schaghitcoke, New York, describes itself on its Facebook page thus: ‘Agricultural Service – Public Places & Attractions’. But later, when push came to shove, the owners – Cynthia and Robert Gifford, pictured above – claimed that it was a “private property” and that they were perfectly entitled to prevent a […]
HUNDREDS of haredi men and youths associated with the Jerusalem Faction, a hardline grouping of the non-hassidic haredi community, staged violent demonstrations on Sunday evening in several locations across the country after an haredi yeshiva student refused to present himself at IDF enlistment offices. According to this report, rioting took place in Jerusal […]
Bennie O Ashby works as a correctional officer ion Alabama – and he said in a Facebook post that Amanda Scott, a member of the Mobile Atheist Community, should be ‘shot for treason’ because she voiced opposition to a religious plaque. According to Hemant Mehta’s Friendly Atheist blog, a couple of weeks ago, several non-Christians […]
Outrage expressed after the Sainsbury’s branch in Holborn caves into anti-Israel protesters. The branch manager of the central London store ordered the section to be emptied on Saturday afternoon, while protesters outside picketed it calling for a boycott of Israeli goods. The move prompted outrage after a photo of the empty shelves was posted on […]
Muslims in the US are increasingly steering their kids towards proper jobs. The result: dwindling numbers of imams, laments Jihad Turk, above. Turk – an imam and President of Bayan Claremont, the Islamic graduate school at Claremont School of Theology in Southern California – told The Wall Street Journal that many Muslim immigrants are steering […]
Last month a government official in Lagos state, Nigeria, issued a stern warning: pastors and faith healers claiming to have a ‘cure’ for Ebola could face jail time. The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Aderemi Ibirogba, said: Only medical solutions are known to be appropriate for the disease. This warning was undoubtedly issued to protect […] […]
On discovering that the Rick Perry, the Governor of Texas, has been indicted on corruption charges, Fischer, above, of the American Family Association, yesterday sent out this message on Twitter: Fischer was referring to Austin District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, the head of the anti-corruption unit, and here’s the thing: she did not indict the Perry; […] […]
On November 6, 2000, in Islam Awareness Week, I spoke to the Edinburgh Humanist Group about my memorable encounter with Glasgow Muslims. The Glasgow University Muslim Students’ Association (GUMSA) had approached the Humanist organisations through the internet looking for someone to speak on ‘Is Jesus relevant to the modern world?’ I volunteered, thinking tha […]
The Voice of UK faith-heads – the Daily Mail – has worked itself into a lather over a story that has whiskers. The hotel chain Travelodge is the target of its latest “anti-Christian” rant. The paper yesterday ran this shock-horror headline: This set the Internet ablaze, with bloggers all using the link to the Mail […]
IN SPIRIT I left the Irish chapter of the Roman Catholic Church sometime in my early teens. Too many times afterwards I found myself physically at church in reluctant body – a victim of an oppressive orthodoxy that permeated the fabric of family and community life. To reject the apparent absurdities spoken every Sunday in […]