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.
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. The CFI Leadership Conference is underway, and I have been dubbed the Captain of the Merchandise Table (okay I dubbed myself that, but I think I need four rank insignia pips). We announced our support this morning of a House resolution by Rep. Tu […]
Here’s a (long) animation script I wrote that introduces the philosophical puzzles of whether machines could think. The idea is it would be one of a series on the ‘Big Questions’. Anyone interested in producing it, let me know… INTRODUCTORY SEQUENCE LIVE ACTION: CAMP THESPIAN SITTING IN VELVET ARMCHAIR IN LIBRARY, WITH HUGE LEATHER BOUND BOOK. ROARING FIRE A […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. The CFI Leadership Conference kicks off this evening, and I’m currently in transit. (I mean, right now I’m sitting at my computer, but, like, today I’m mostly traveling is what I’m saying, not like I’m driving and typing at the same time.) The the […]
A fair amount of pseudo-science begins as blue-sky, basic scientific hypotheses and experiments. Hypotheses can challenge basic accepted notions, or begin with them, and may yet somehow go off the rails. How does this happen, and at what point do scientific inquiries become obsessive or pathological? Consider N-rays. Shortly after the discovery of X-rays, Pr […]
As Sherlockians know, one of the great detective’s earliest (pre-Watson) stories (“The Musgrave Ritual”) was set in Sussex, as were some later tales penned by his faithful sidekick (“The Sussex Vampire” for example). And in 1903 Holmes retired to Sussex Downs to enjoy life as a beekeeper, although mystery intervened: In “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane,” Ho […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. A sobering and fascinating Point of Inquiry, as Harvard foreign relations expert Stephen M. Walt talks to Josh Zepps about what happens if and when the Islamic State stops being a crisis or a revolution, and just becomes, well, a state. The Oklaho […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. The Boy Scouts of America ends its ban on openly gay adult leaders, but local units sponsored by churches can still opt to discriminate. The Mormon Church is so mad, they threaten to start their own scouts. In USA Today, Tom Krattenmaker takes the […]
It’s been wisely said that taxation is the price we pay for civilization. Ironically, the country that gave birth to Western civilization has overlooked this point for generations. As Greece slumps into decades of gloomy austerity in the face of its massive debt burden, the country will need to rediscover the value of paying taxes. Greek debt is so large now […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. It’s my daughter’s third birthday today. I love her so damn much. Catch up on the last fortnight of activity from the CFI community with Cause & Effect: The CFI Newsletter. Greg Epstein calls Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me ”the qui […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Yesterday my MacBook Pro’s display went haywire, so as it is nursed back to health by Apple Geniuses, I am using my wife’s older MacBook Pro with an old spinning-disc hard drive, as opposed to the SSD in my newer machine. Folks, as we embark on ou […]
Shira Banki, the 16 year old victim of the stabbing at a Gay Pride march in Jerusalem died yesterday from her injuries. Banki was one of six victims of an ultra Orthodox Jewish man, Yishai Schlissel. Last Friday Schlissel, above, was found fit to stand trial. Police submitted a psychological evaluation to the Jerusalem Magistrate’s […]
Following the deliverance of an ‘inappropriate’ prayer that ‘alarmed, stunned and angered’ Redwood City councillors this week, the council has decided to temporarily suspend future invocations. The decision comes after Pastor Stephen Converse of Grace Bible Church, above, opened Monday’s council meeting with a prayer that attacked the US Supreme Court for i […]
Catholic monk Damon Kelly, 53, above, has been convicted in Leicester of harassing a pair of pagan lesbians. According to this report, he told them: You know, we used to burn people like you. I’m doing God’s work. A member of a Catholic group calling themselves the Black Hermits, Kelly – described at his trial […]
Thousands of people in Mali’s capital, Bamako, are flocking to see a manifestation of a ‘holy’ man on the outside of a toilet wall. Many believe the white stain shows a man praying, interpreting it as a message from God. But when a BBC correspondent visited the location, he said the mark simply looked like […]
The UK LGBT Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has gained a new patron, Sophie in’t Veldt MEP, above, who was awarded the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year at a ceremony hosted by the National Secular Society in 2011. In ‘t Veld has been a Member of the European Parliament for D66, […]
Shakespeare was interested in the ways people are horrible to each other, often not through malice or cruelty but just by pursuing their own ends without worrying about the consequences for other people. Who among us never does that? Macbeth didn’t hate Duncan or wish him harm, he simply wanted what Duncan had, and the […]
Just weeks after being released from prison, Yishai Schlissel, above – who had been locked up for stabbing three people at a gay pride parade in 2005 – launched a second knife attack against a pride parade on Thursday, injuring six people. Israeli authorities, according to this report, are now facing a barrage of criticism […]
A war of words has broken out in the UK over a planned exhibition in London of cartoons of the ‘prophet’ Mohammed. On the one side is the exhibition’s organiser, Anne Marie Waters, above, and her supporters, and on the other is a far-left outfit called Hope Not Hate, which this week issued a report […]
Muslims and Jews in Denmark have expressed anger over a ban imposed this week on the religious slaughter of animals. But Denmark’s Minister for Agriculture and Food Dan Jørgensen insisted that : Animal rights come before religion. According to this report, the ban was enacted last week after years of campaigning from welfare activists, and […]
If you plan on exorcising an entire country – something that happened recently in Mexico – don’t go shouting about it before you start attacking demons with crucifixes, holy water and mumbo-jumbo invocations. Why? Because there is usually backlash in the form of scepticism and ridicule, according to Father Gary Thomas, pastor at Sacred Heart […]