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.
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Many buildings on my campus when I was a graduate student looked a great deal like this one: The term “Brutalism,” that describes this architectural style, evolved out of the French term for “bare concrete,” as many such buildings are undecorated, often oversized, and dominate the natural environment. The style has many critics, but in the 1960s and 70s, thi […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Hey look! It’s our own Michael De Dora on a religious freedom panel at the Newseum! Transhumanist philosopher Zoltan Istvan is running for president, which spurs me to write about some of my own concerns about transhumanism. Philip Ball at Nautil […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Big news in Oregon, as the state’s House of Representatives easily passes a CFI-backed Secular Celebrant bill! In Ohio, meanwhile, while we still don’t have a Secular Celebrant law passed, this can still happen. Articles from the new Free Inquiry […]
Leah Remini and Tony Ortega This past Sunday, CFI Los Angeles and our Orange County group each hosted author Tony Ortega and Paulette Cooper to discuss Tony’s new book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper. Monday, I was fortunate enough to attend a book launch party at the home of ex-Scientologist Sp […]
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About ten days ago, I wrote an essay for Huffington Post on the death penalty, in particular, focusing on how some of those who oppose the death penalty support imprisonment in a supermax facility as a supposedly more humane alternative—a position I find logically dubious if not hypocritical. The recent decision of the Dzhohkar Tsarnaev jury to sentence him […]
There were lots of reasons to think that Mad Max: Fury Road would never be made, starting with the fact that the last film featuring the character came out 30 years ago. The original Mad Max was a scrappy, zero-budget post-apocalyptic Australian road revenge film starring a then-unknown Mel Gibson. Written and directed by George Miller, the film became a cul […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. I know I say this a lot, but seriously, things have been incredibly busy. Check out Friday’s Cause & Effect newsletter to see what I mean. The Environment and Energy newswire talks to ThinkProgress‘s Joe Romm about the skeptic-vs-denier debat […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. The California State Senate easily passes SB 277, which removes most “belief” exemptions from required vaccinations. The Assembly may be a different story. Yesterday we announced that CFI filed for summary judgment in our lawsuit in Florida to sto […]
In a ruling that has angered anti-circumcision activists, Judge Jeffrey Gillen ‘bullied’ a jailed woman – Heather Hironimus, above – into agreeing to have her four-year-old son, Chase, ritually mutilated. According to this report, Jewish couple Hironimus and her husband Dennis Nebus had initially agreed to the circumcision in a parenting agreement filed in c […]
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American TV network TLC has pulled the plug on its long-running Christian reality show, ’19 Kids and Counting’, over revelations that stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar covered up their son’s molestation of his sisters and other girls. The network, according to this report, has canceled all airings of the programme from its schedule after […]
A Jewish man from Hamilton, Montana – Monte Leon Hanson, 59 – allegedly became so incensed when he was served a cocktail containing non-kosher clam juice that he shot the barman, Joe Lewis, and his dog, Jackson. According to this report, the bartender’s brother, Mike Lewis, said that a gunshot hit the the pit bull, […]
Iranian artist Atena Farghadani, above, has gone on trial in Iran for penning a cartoon criticising draft laws which would restrict access to birth control. The image by Atena Farghadani, 29, depicted MPs casting votes on the proposed legislation as animals. According to this report, Farghadani, 28, faces charges of spreading propaganda, insulting MPs, and [ […]
The Reverend Matthew Makela, above, has resigned as pastor of St John’s Lutheran Church and School in Midland, Michigan, after he posted pictures of himself on the gay hook-up site, Grindr. According to this report, his biography has been removed from the church’s staff page. In it, Makela – who reportedly opposes gay marriage and is […]
A judge in Northern Ireland ruled today that a Christian-run bakery discriminated against a gay customer by refusing to make a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan – but politician Paul Givan, above, slammed the decision as ‘an attack’ on strongly held religious convictions. Givan – who has proposed that lawmakers in the Northern Ireland […]
In the comments section of a piece I posted on May 13 – ‘IHEU condemns slaying of blogger‘ – ‘Brummie’ wrote ‘Draw the Prophet Competition anyone?’ The idea that the Freethinker should run the contest was supported by ’Marky Mark’. So I began contemplating such a competition – then discovered that Atheist Republic had already […]
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