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.
Hello, people of Earth!
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.
Earlier this week I got the following e-mail from a person named John who had read some of the articles I’d written about crop circles: “Crop circles theory… Check out this website. Perhaps plate tectonics, the gentle curvature of the Earth’s surface, and an acoustic resonance source of very high frequency tones form the intricate patterns. I would like to w […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. So dig this, we released our big annual Progress Report yesterday, and it’s a great way to get an overview of all the bazillion things CFI works on, and I bet there’ll be things in there that’ll make you go, “Whoa, I didn’t know they did THAT TOO! […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Yemeni atheist Omar Mohammad Bataweel is abducted by Islamic militants and shot, reportedly for his outspoken nonbelief. Ranbir Singh Sidhu at VICE says the recent murders in Bangladesh point to a troubling “broadening of the targets,” writing, “N […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. On Point of Inquiry this week, Lindsay Beyerstein talks to Rebecca Traister about the subject of her new book, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation. Maajid Nawaz, writing at The Daily Beast, leads with, “Th […]
There’s currently a great deal of talk about Islamophobia and anti-semitism in the UK press. You won’t be surprised to hear me say I am very firmly against both forms of prejudice. However, I suspect many would consider me guilty of one or other. I suspect many Muslims or Muslim-supporters would consider me Islamophobic because, say, I consider the religion […]
These are dynamic times for humanism. A new generation of humanist thinkers and leaders is emerging around the globe. Challenges to humanist thought and activism, and actual physical danger to those espousing humanist views in hostile political environments, makes even more relevant our advocacy of enlightenment principles. The philosophical crises that seem […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. One day after the latest murder-by-machete by Islamic extremists in Bangladesh, two more people are hacked to death: Xulhaz Mannan, editor of the country’s only LGBT magazine and former US Embassy employee, along with his friend and colleague Tana […]
My three previous blogs—including the last one, “Dispelling a Ghost at Fallingwater,” the stunning accomplishment of architect Frank Lloyd Wright—are the fruits of a long weekend with my wife Diana to Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, celebrating our 2016 anniversary. Here is one more, a poem about Fallingwater written in a style I have developed and call imp […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. This’ll have to be a quick one, folks, because I’m in Amherst, NY today to see my coworkers (imagine that) for something like Team Building Exercise ‘99 (not really) at CFI–Transnational Cosmic Headquarters, or as I refer it, the Meatball Mothersh […]
Is Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Fallingwater—built 1936–1939 as the home of Edgar J. Kaufmann, president of Kaufmann’s Department Stores—actually haunted, perhaps by the ghost of his wife Liliane? According to an article in the New York Times Magazine (Gray 2001), the specific site is the Master Bedroom. Notwithstanding the term, that room (at the cente […]
BIO: "A former Catholic that always felt uncomfortable in churches. Now I know why...I was a closet atheist and came out about 10 years ago. I believe (pun) being an anti-Obama conservative and patriot puts me in the minority being an atheist. Oh well."
A member of the Royal Canadian Mounted police, currently suspended without pay, told a court this week that he enlisted his brother – a priest – to perform an exorcism on his ‘possessed’ 11-year-old son. The boy’s dad and stepmother, both free on bail, are each charged with aggravated assault, forcible confinement, and failure to […]
At 9pm tonight (Friday), ITV begins a four-part dramatisation of the murders committed by a devout Northern Ireland Christian, Colin Howell, above, who killed his first wife, along with the husband of his mistress. Howell, according to this report, told his second wife Kyle Jorgensen about the murders but swore her to secrecy. The astonishing story […]
Jean-Baptiste Michalon, above, has been fined 500 euros (£390) for imposing different opening hours on men and women at his store in the French city of Bordeaux. According to this report, the owner of the general store who converted to Islam in 2012 created an uproar when he pasted a notice outside his store in […]
Turkish journalists Hikmet Cetinkaya, left, and Ceyda Karan, are to appeal two-year jail sentences imposed on them yesterday for fomenting ‘hatred and enmity in the people via means of the press’ by republishing cartoons of the ‘prophet’ Mohammed from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. According to this report, the cartoons in Cumhuriyet, an opposi […]
Last year Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw, above, wrote to the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan expressing ‘serious concerns’ about segregation among teachers in Muslim independent schools. Now he has written to her again, warning that segration continues to “actively undermine” equality in schools. In his Wednesday letter, Sir Michael told Morgan that insp […]
Invoking an arcane law from British colonial rule that makes insulting any religion a crime, a court has jailed two Hindu teachers in southern Bangladesh for making derogatory comments about Islam and the Prophet Mohammed. The case, according to this report, began when students at Hijla High School in Bagerhat district complained that the assistant […]
Lawyers acting for the Church of Scientology’s head honcho David Miscavige’s have threatened to file a lawsuit against Miscavige’s father Ron, who has written a ‘tell all’ book about the cult. According to this report, London-based publisher Silvertail Books has received a letter from Johnsons Solicitors, a law firm that specialises in high-profile defamati […]
Free thought is not just thought itself in the narrow sense – it has many components, such as free inquiry, free exploration, free speculation, free discussion, and so on. One important part of free thought is free joking. Laugh if you like, but I’m serious. An idea or institution or ruler we’re forbidden to joke […]
Xulhaz Mannan, right, a top gay rights activist and editor of Roopbaan, the country’s only LGBT magazine, was hacked to death yesterday together with another man associated with the publication, Tanay Mojumdar, left. According to the BBC, the US ambassador to Bangladesh condemned the killing of Mannan, who had recently worked at the US embassy. Marcia […] […]
When my wife of 53 years died on me a few years ago, I was so devastated that I parked myself inside my first son’s in-law suite in Boston and became a recluse. A few months later I sensed that he was tiring of me, so I shipped myself out to my second son’s guest […]