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.
Benjamin Radford When adventurer Steve Fossett went missing Sept. 3, 2007, Web users were enlisted to help in Fossett’s rescue from the comfort of their own homes. Using a program called Mechanical Turk, high-resolution satellite imagery of the search area was collected from a company called Digital Globe. Participants were shown a single satellite image and […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. I’m at the Religion Newswriters Association Conference as I type, meeting and catching up with a lot of genuinely cool and smart people. I’m going to try and get the Heresy done today in rapid fashion, so let’s see what happens. I’ve got two state […]
Benjamin Radford Skeptics often encounter—or are cornered by—people making all sorts of claims. Most of them, such as those tested by me, Jim Underdown of CFI-West, the JREF, and others, are sincere people. They are very rarely hoaxers or liars but instead well-intentioned people who genuinely believe they have special abilities, or have discovered some […]
For better or worse, the practice of most of our active philosophies takes place in the context of some political system. Whether your personal politics are authoritarian, libertarian, democratic, socialist, or anarchist, you live and communicate in some public sphere that is guided and restrained by laws, rules, and regulations developed under some regime o […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Quick housekeeping note: I’m traveling to the Religion Newswriters Association conference tomorrow, so no time to do the Heresy. I intend to pick it back up Friday, but that’s a little up in the air. 95 years ago today, women finally got the frea […]
Dennis Plucknett and his two sons, along with a friend, went hunting at a camp in northeast Florida in 2004. It was early morning, and the group had gotten separated. His fourteen-year-old son Alex was sitting in a ditch about 220 meters away from his father when someone yelled, “Hog!” The elder Plucknett grabbed his .308-caliber Ruger rifle with scope, stea […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Yesterday we announced the winners of the No God But Funny contest, where folks were asked to come up with lovable atheist sitcom characters in the form of a pilot script and/or webisode. They’re great! The best script was for Thank God I’m an Ath […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. I know you’ve already seen Friday’s edition of Cause & Effect, so you’re aaallll caught up on the previous fortnight’s news. CFI isn’t the only organization who thinks the FDA should crack down on homeopathy. So does the FTC! In its press sta […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. In our seemingly endless struggle to get the FDA to give a darn about the flimflam that is homeopathy, CFI filed comments with the FDA urging them to put homeopathic products through the same ringer that they put real drugs through, and failing th […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. The Patheos blog network hosts a Public Square discussion on humanism, and features a piece by our boss Ron Lindsay, looking at the rise of “nones” as not an atheistic phenomenon, but a boon for inquiry: [These surveys] indicate Americans are incr […]
A police officer in Portland, Oregon, is reportedly being investigated for failing to protect a bunch of anti-abortionists who were targeted by a man carrying a canister of a cleansing product called Comet. The Comet attack, according to this report, was was carried out earlier this month against a chanting group of Christians outside of […]
After a Collin County grand jury indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, above, on two first-degree and one third-degree felony charges the godly AG his defenders have sought to portray the case against him as a political witch-hunt. Paxton said in a statement: I am innocent of these charges. It is a travesty that some […]
Earlier this year Lauren Brown, 27, above, was offered a job as a school counselor by St Mary’s Academy in Portland, but the offer was rescinded after the school learned she was a lesbian. Brown, 27, was offered over $41,000 plus benefits if she was to scuttle off and keep schtum about her rejection and […]
In the wake of revelations that US Christian celebrity Josh Duggar has been unfaithful to his wife, many – including Anna’s brother Daniel – have publicly urged the mom of four to leave her spouse. But sources close to the couple said that Anna, 27 (pictured above with Josh) will stand by her man no […]
Under the threat of a lawsuit, a Catholic-affiliated hospital in California this week agreed to an ‘intrinsically evil’ sterilisation procedure for Rachel Miller, above. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the Mercy Medical Center caved in after ACLU threatened legal action. It approved a previously denied a doctor’s request to perform a post-pa […]
Catholic priest Marcelo De Jesumaria, 46, above, has been jailed for six months for groping a woman during a flight from Philadelpia to Los Angeles last August. De Jesumaria, of the Congregation of the Resurrection, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell in Los Angeles for the crime of abusive sexual […]
Nowhere in the New Testament (or anywhere else) is Jesus described, nor have any drawings of him ever been uncovered. There is the additional problem of having neither a skeleton nor other bodily remains to probe for DNA. In the absence of evidence, our images of Jesus have been left to the imagination of artists. […]
An outfit called Access Ministries may have to shut down shop as a result of a decision last week to scrap religious instruction in Victorian schools from next year. A new relationships education programme, announced by Education Minister, James Merlino, above, will replace religious lessons. It will be taught by qualified teachers to help children […]
The Arkansas Secretary of State’s office has denied a request from the Universal Society of Hinduism to place a privately funded Hindu statue of Lord Hanuman on Capitol grounds. According to this report, The Hindu society and a number of other organisations have been pushing for the erection of their their own monuments on the […]
The wife of Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger sentenced to ten years in jail and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, has launched a campaign to free an African writer – Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, above – who is on death row in Mauritania for criticising the ‘prophet’ Mohammed. Ensaf Haider said that while “millions of […]