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.
Skeptics often dramatize the uselessness of homeopathic remedies by taking large doses to prove their point. That may be unwise in light of a recent FDA warning. As FDA spokesperson Lyndsay Meyer told BuzzFeed News’ Leticia Miranda (Oct. 12, 2016), homeopathic teething gels and tablets—sold by companies like CVS Pharmacy, Hyland’s Homeopathic, and Orajel—are […]
The rash of scary clown reports that have plagued America over the past two months have recently spread to other continents including Australia and Europe. It’s gotten so bad that schools in the United States and Canada have been put on lockdown, and Ronald McDonald has (temporarily) been put on ice. According to Yahoo News, “Seems the scary clown craze is n […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. At the mercifully-final debate last night, Donald Trump refused to commit to accepting the results of the presidential election, even when pressed by Chris Wallace. “I will look at it at the time. I will keep you in suspense.” This of course hinges on T […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Sarah Posner has a must-read at NYT on the stakes for evangelicals in the 2016 election, and their confused and wrought support for Trump: By hitching their wagon to Mr. Trump, religious-right leaders are also tying their fortunes to the alt-right, the […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. It’s a Radfordpalooza! A clownucopia! Ben Radford brings his scary clown expertise back in-house as the guest on the latest Point of Inquiry. In Skeptical Inquirer, Matt Nisbet considers whether labeling GMO foods might actually have the effect of norma […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. After the Arizona Republic endorses Hillary Clinton, their first endorsement of a Democrat in over a century, the paper is deluged with harassment and death threats. The paper’s president, Mi-Ai Parrish, responds with admirable resolve. In a surprisingl […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Through what is now the Secular Rescue program, CFI helped Bangladeshi secular writer Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury, better known as Tutul, get the heck out of there when he was targeted for death. That was great. Now, he’s the winner of the 2016 PEN Interna […]
Why is belief in a good God much more reasonable than belief in an evil God? If belief in an evil God is absurd, then why isn’t belief in a good God? In this video, produced by the Center for Inquiry UK and animated by Steph Hope, I pose… The Evil God Challenge! Learn much more about this challenge at my website. […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Is there a difference between religious freedom and religious liberty? Stephanie Russell-Kraft at Religion Dispatches explains that to religious conservatives, the answer is hell yes: “Liberty is the language of exemption,” she writes, showing how the w […]
Humans are susceptible to any number of cognitive biases that lead us to false beliefs. We are well aware of those that lead people to superstitious or religious beliefs. These are well documented and we have made a point of calling attention to them here and in the pages of our journals. But no discipline is immune to the effects of cognitive biases. Scienc […]
Fatima Manji , above, claims that a ‘green light for newspapers to attack minorities and Muslims in particular’ has been given by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) which dismissed a complaint she lodged against Sun columnist Kelvin MacKenzie. According to the Guardian, her complaint centred on MacKenzie’s criticism of Channel 4 News for let […]
The Malaysian Islamic Development Department – the Malay government’s religious authority – has become the object of ridicule after it ordered food outlets to drop the word ‘dog’ from hot dogs. Those who do not comply, according to this report, risk being refused halal certification as dogs are considered unclean in Islam and should not […]
Zineb El Rhazoui, above, has published a book in France entitled Detruire Le Fascisme Islamique (Destroy Islamic Fascism) which she dedicates to ‘Muslim atheists’ and will no doubt increase the significant number of enemies she already has. According to the New York Times, the book is “an unapologetic strike” against the strict application of Islam […] […]
Louis Smith, above right, the UK gymnast who offended Muslims by ridiculing Islamic prayer, missed a parade of British Olympian athletes in London yesterday – because he was attending two mosques. The Mirror, which exposed a video showing Smith mocking Muslims, reported that he visited two mosques in London “to learn more about the Islamic […]
Aliyah Saleem, above, who was expelled from the Jamia Al Hudaa girls’ school in Nottingham in 2006, says she believes that action taken against the school by education watchdog Ofsted does not go far enough. The school, according to this report, has been instructed to close its boarding facilities after an Ofsted inspection found there […]
Earlier this year the Kenyan authorities, under pressure from religious groups, deregistered the Atheists in Kenya organisation. They claimed the non-believers were a ‘threat to peace and good order’. If they thought this would serve to silence the group, they were proved wrong, for Harrison Mumia, above, President of Atheists in Kenya, is now demanding […] […]
An Orthodox Jewish newpaper based in Monsey, New York, has become the target of scorn after it published a photo of Hillary Clinton with her face obscured. According to this report, OnlySimchas.com, an Orthodox dating website, reacted to the Yated Ne’eman picture by saying: History is made as Yated Ne’eman publishes a picture of Hillary […]
The senior pastor of New Creation Church in Hillsboro, Oregon, Rod Sundholm, pictured above with his wife Rebecca, found himself at the centre of a media storm after the church introduced a range of mandatory guidelines for worship team members. According to the “Worship Team Guidelines” posted on the church’s website, being fat makes one […]
Responding to suggestions that the polls in the upcoming US presidential election might be rigged, flamboyant Sheriff David A Clarke, above, of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, yesterday tweeted: It’s incredible that our institutions of gov, WH, Congress, DOJ, and big media are corrupt & all we do is bitch. Pitchforks and torches time. Alongside his message […]
A new film by Deeyah Khan, above – Islam’s Non-Believers – follows the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, which supports ex-Muslims, often referred to as apostates or unbelievers, both in the UK and abroad. The documentary – which can be seen here – provides an important insight into the hidden plight of young people in […]