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 global response to the “burkini ban” in France was swift and united. The ban faced overwhelming opposition from across the political spectrum, and rightly so. The spectacle of police compelling a woman to remove her chosen beach wear and display more flesh was shocking, and today we see that a French court has suspended the ban in the Mediterranean town […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. So there’s these “nones,” right? And you’re all, hey, why’d these nones all decide not to be a part of a formal religion? Totally good question. Oh hey! Pew has answers. Half of nones just don’t believe in any religions (ahem, but they’re not all “athei […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Astronomers discover an Earth-like planet orbiting within the “Goldilocks zone” of the star closest to our own, Proxima Centauri, 4.2 light-years away. It’s a huge, huge deal. “The planet’s proximity to Earth gives hope that robotic probes could someday […]
Sometimes a ghostbusting skeptic just gets lucky. So it was, following my luncheon speech at a CFI conference, when an attendee told me she knew the true facts behind the “haunting” of Pembroke Middle School in Corfu, N.Y. The story is briefly given online at strangeusa.com: “While redesigning the auditorium a girl fell off the balcony and died. It’s said yo […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. It’s pit bulls and the paranoid on Point of Inquiry! Lindsay Beyerstein talks to Bronwen Dickey about 1) the myths about pit bulls and 2) the “Conspira-Sea Cruise” that she reported on for Popular Mechanics (and to which I linked in a previous Heresy). […]
My kids and I are part of a growing set of people who were born and raised without religion. This trend poses a challenge for those of us who consider ourselves not just atheists, but humanists. Having been born without a religion, only curiosity and pragmatic concern made humanism, as a school of inquiry, relevant to me. It did not come from a rejection of […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. For CSI’s Skeptical Briefs, Joe Nickell recounts his journey to Newfoundland, where he investigates local monsters and mysteries, and becomes an “honorary Newfoundlander” in “a rather drunken ceremony.” Did no one film this?? Also for CSI, Kylie Sturge […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. The Miami Herald publishes a new op-ed by our boss Robyn Blumner on the Democratic Party’s stubborn unwillingness to embrace and defend atheists and nones. Democrats in officialdom need to ask themselves why they fight for the dignity and respect for ev […]
This past week, the Associated Press published a story based on its analysis of leaked Islamic State (ISIS) recruitment documents. These documents indicate that, based on the recruits’ own self-evaluation, most ISIS recruits have only a basic knowledge of Islam. Some have argued that these “findings suggest religion has nothing to do with people joining [ISI […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Katherine Krueger at TPM wonders why Jill Stein, who insists she’s not anti-vax or anti-science, continuously leaves a little anti-science wiggle room for herself. Emily Willingham (who’s coming to Women in Secularism 4!) breaks down the problems with […]
Last week two women set up a Twitter account, TwoWomenTravel, to document their journey from Ireland to the UK for an abortion. Priest-ridden Ireland of course still bans all abortion except (grudgingly) those absolutely necessary to save the woman’s life. They tweeted a photo of the plane under a lowering sky, of their message of […]
Anti-gay pastor Kenneth Adkins, above, who caused outrage when he celebrated the Pulse club massacre in Orlando earlier this year, has been arrested for molesting an underage boy. Adkins is a notorious and outspoken opponent of LGBT rights. After 49 people died in the gay bar shooting he he tweeted: I don’t see none of them […]
Despite occasional conflicts, France’s tradition of secularism has served both social cohesion and religious freedom well. Terry Sanderson, above, President of the National Secular Society, argues that misusing secularism for political aims risks undermining both. The French ban on so-called burkinis – all enveloping swim suits – raises all kinds of question […]
A top French court today suspended a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits that has angered Muslims, feminists and civil liberties campaigners. According to Reuters, the ruling by the Council of State relates to the Mediterranean resort of Villeneuve-Loubet, one of more than a dozen French towns that have imposed such bans. The burkini ban has […]
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the National Secular Society, and to mark the occasion the society will be holding a conference and gala dinner in London on Saturday, September 3, featuring Jacques Berlinerblau, above, as the keynote speaker. Berlinerblau authored the internationally acclaimed How To Be Secular – a passionate defence of the […]
Two prominent Muslim politicians – Moulay Omar Benhammad, 63, and Fatima Nejjar, 62, above – have been suspended from Morocco’s Unity and Reform Movement (MUR) after they were allegedly caught having sex in a car on a beach. The pair are known for preaching the importance of chastity and were both serving as vice presidents of the […]
A close associate of convicted hate preacher Anjem Choudary – Michael Coe, above – is facing a ‘substantial’ jail sentence for a brutal assault on a teenage boy. According to this report, Coe 35 – who took the name Mikaeel Ibrahim when he converted to Islam – knocked the 16-year-old schoolboy unconscious when he spotted […]
I’d love to be a fly on the wall at the Murrow Indian Children’s Home in Muskogee, Oklahoma, to see the look on the faces of the administrators who foolishly rejected a $100 donation from atheist Matt Wilbourn, above. Irked by the orphanage’s refusal, Wilbourn reacted promptly by setting up a GoFundMe appeal to raise even […]
Two alleged Islamist extremists are on trial for murdering Muslim healer Jalal Uddin, above, who was bludgeoned to death earlier this years in a children’s playground in Rochdale. According to this report, Manchester Crown Court yesterday heard that the accused – Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, 21, and Mohammed Abdul Kadir, 24 – were Isis supporters who […] […]
Police in Ghana are reportedly investigating an assault on a young couple who were flogged during a church service by a self-styled ‘Bishop’ – Daniel Obinim, above. Obinim, of the International God’s Way Church, whipped the couple and chastising them for fornication in front of a cheering congregation. The assault was filmed and posted on […]