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. Yesterday the president signed an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT folks, and happily did not add a religious exemption, and we expressed our appreciation: Too often religious beliefs are used as an excuse […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Today the president is expected to sign an executive order that forbids discrimination against LGBT folks without the religious exemption we dreaded. This is good news indeed, and Michael De Dora fills us in. Christian Post reports on CFI’s efforts […]
On Monday, President Barack Obama will sign an executive order that will bar federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, according to news outlets. And, in a major win for advocates of secular government, the order will reportedly not include an exemption for religious organizations. Last month, […]
The folks here at the Center for Inquiry have published a new book on Robert Ingersoll. Tom Flynn, director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum and editor of Free Inquiry, and Julia Lavarnway, assistant editor of Free Inquiry, put together this work which includes a biography of Ingersoll, several short pieces by Ingersoll himself, and descriptio […]
American Christianity may not be as green as we thought in this 2008 issue. Rank-and-file Christians seem to be less concerned about the environment than other Americans—and also, less concerned than their pastors think they are. Back in 2008, Free Inquiry ran a cover feature cautiously applauding a trend toward heightened environmental activism in evangelic […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. CFI sent out an email yesterday on how our Indiana win for Secular Celebrants is a great example of the progress we’re making, and now much more there is to do. Hemant opines on the Secular Celebrant bill CFI-Northeast Ohio is championing: This is […]
As many of you know by now, the Center for Inquiry—actually, scratch that—all nonreligious Americans achieved a significant victory in federal appeals court on Monday. I want to discuss briefly some of the implications of that decision. The immediate issue on which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled is whether Indiana can maintain a stat […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. CFI chief Ron Lindsay reflects on the lessons of CFI’s major victory this week in the 7th Court of Appeals for Secular Celebrants in Indiana: We need to be open and candid about our beliefs. The more of us who openly and unashamedly declare ourselves […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Last night, Dan Courtney gave his historic atheist invocation before a meeting of the Town Board of Greece, NY. He did a great job, and CFI staff and supporters were there at the rally afterward showing support for a secular government. We put up vid […]
Ten years ago, when I was Executive Director for Secular Humanism at the Center for Inquiry, I was also involved with classroom teaching on a regular basis, though I was not a full time “academic.” Indeed, like many, I believed that academia was too cloistered, too uninvolved in matters of daily import, and prone to elitism (a charge you may think me guilty […]
We are finally, after years of discussion, getting ready to coordinate the lease of a facility for some events, parties, etc. - a familiar place to gather with group members and guests. We can also use this facility for outreachWe absolutely ca...Join this discussion.
Hi Friends,Are you familiar with Robert G Ingersoll, the "Great Agnostic"? Susan Jacoby wrote a book about him, and Sam Singleton, Atheist Evangelist is recording some of his fantastic speeches. As Brother Sam says, Ingersoll was ahead of his ti...Join this discussion.
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I WAS reminded today of one of the finest atheist science fiction stories ever written – The Streets of Ashkelon by Harry Harrison – after I was sent a link to a report about the latest ravings of creationist Ken Ham. Ham asserted that US space programme was a waste of money because any alien […]
TORY MP Bob Blackman, pictured above pretending to be a Hindu, wants public holidays in the UK for Hindus and Muslims. Creating these public holidays would be an important step towards promoting the understanding and tolerance of different faiths – not just at home, but abroad too. We want other nations to look to the […]
OPHELIA BENSON is appalled by advice given by the NHS regarding Muslim fasting There is no compulsion in religion, we are often reminded the Koran says. Granted, Surah 2:256 refers to compulsion to believe or accept Islam, as opposed to what follows from accepting Islam, but the phrase often gets trotted out to imply that […]
It’s because so few people believe in the afterlife and divine accountability, says US criminologist SEATTLE-based Megan Glavin has a master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Portland State University and she’s just written a piece suggesting that dwindling rates of belief in the afterlife could well be the cause of mass homicides. She […] […]
I don’t know what your problem is with atheists, but it won’t be resolved with exorcisms. Any attempt to cast the devil out of atheists would be about as effective as my attempting to cast the Tooth Fairy out of you. We atheists can easily get rid of any evil spirits you dream up by […]
This piece first appeared in the Freethinker in August, 2011. EARLIER this week, following the acquittal of Dutch politician Geert Wilders on charges of inciting hatred towards Muslims, Talk Radio Europe, which is based in Spain, invited listeners to call in with their comments. Before opening the phone lines, Tonight Show presenter Ritchie Allen announced [ […]
‘When people sit down to eat a hamburger, the last thing they want to be thinking about is two guys having sex,’ says the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer. Fischer sounded off this week after he learned that one branch of Burger King sold Proud Whoppers at a San Francisco Gay Pride event, and also […]
Pro-life nurse sues Florida family planning organisation for not giving her a job she would have refused to do anyway SARA Hellwege is a “pro-life” nurse, and as such, one assumes she would have been aware of the fact that the services offered by the Tampa Family Health Centers would conflict with her religious beliefs. […]
Persecuted is ‘an overwrought mess’ and ‘an act of contemptible irresponsibility’. THERE’S a very silly cinematic trend developing, and it’s being driven forward by the “persecuted” Christian brigade who imagine that increasingly secular societies in the West are out to get them. Persecuted, the latest example of this rampant paranoia which hit screens in Ma […]
A journey of discovery by Roger Barnett The first nail in the coffin of my religious belief was hammered in when I was 14 years old. It was then that I read the then recently published book by Desmond Morris (above) called The Naked Ape. This book outraged the religious right-wingers who were particularly up […]