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 FDA is going to take a serious and public look at homeopathy. We’re going to be all over this. You know that CFI’s Michael De Dora represents us at the UN, and was just at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. But what goes on there besides […]
What word describes the paranormalists’ huge claims? Answer: Incredi-bull. How did the ghost horse react when he came upon a spectral rattlesnake? Answer: He was spooked. What could we call the repository of mythic beasts that are no longer regarded as viable? Answer: Crypt o’ zoology. What did the congregation call their pastor who insisted on mo […]
Over the next two days, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) will close its 28th regular session with a flurry of votes, including on two resolutions related to freedom of religion, belief, and expression. For as much as these resolutions spur debate within the halls of the UN, they are far less contentious — indeed, far less known — to the general […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. It’s Richard Dawkins’ birthday today (I learn from Twitter), and you can drink a belated birthday toast to him when he appears at the Reason for Change conference in June! Unrelated to skepto-humanism (for now anyway), turns out that the crashed Ge […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. CFI-Michigan‘s activism in opposition to a religious sign in a public park is covered in two pieces at MLive and at the Holland Sentinel. CFI-Michigan’s Jennifer Beahan hammered home the central point at a meeting of the Ottawa County Board of Comm […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. We’ve got an awesome Point of Inquiry this week, where Josh Zepps talks to Johann Hari about the century-old war on drugs, and how (according to Hari) so much of what we assume to be true about addiction and prevention are simply wrong. Ted Cruz o […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Our boss Ron Lindsay announced this morning that he’ll be resigning from CFI at the end of 2015. Though this grieves me mightily, he will certainly be going out with CFI in excellent shape, and he’s leaving us a good long time to have a smooth tra […]
I have informed the board of directors for the Center for Inquiry that I will be resigning my position as president and CEO on December 31, 2015. This blog post will explain why I am making his announcement now. It will also briefly touch on the reasons for my decision. The board has asked me to make my announcement several months in advance of my planned de […]
So Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, has rejected a two-state solution. No, wait, that was the other day. He actually accepts, indeed, wants, a two-state solution. But hang on: it has to be under the right circumstances. In and of themselves, Netanyahu’s gyrations may not be that noteworthy. He is not the first politician to engage in decepti […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. More reactions to the New York Times’ awful smartwatches-and-phones-cause-cancer piece, with Daniel Engber at Slate calling it, “So weird, and so bad, and so weirdly bad.” Dave Pell concedes the point, but tries to strike a middle ground about the […]
Arizona state Senator Sylvia Allen, above – Republican representative for the town of Snowflake – was the object of much pointing and laughing this week after she suggested that Arizona should consider passing a law to make church attendance mandatory. During a discussion on gun legislation at a Senate subcommittee meeting on Tuesday, Allen suggested: […] […]
Ecstatic over the fact that The Venerable Rachel Treweek, above, will be ‘the first woman bishop to sit with the 26 diocesans in the House of Lords’, Christian Today says that her voice will now be given ‘additional significance’ and that she will be ‘a woman to watch as well as listen to on the […]
Zunera Ishaq, a ‘devout’ Muslim living in Toronto who advocates stricter gender apartheid in Pakistan, was scheduled to take a Canadian citizen’s oath in January, but chose not to attend the ceremony because she would have had to remove her face covering. Instead, the mother of three launched a legal challenge to allow her to […]
Enoch Gaver, a 21-year-old member of an Arizona Christian street band – Matthew 24 Now, which apparently refers to the second coming of Christ – died in a shootout with police outside a Walmart at the weekend. According to this report, police were called to the Cottonwood branch of Walmart after band members, all part […]
The Times newspaper has run several reports this month exposing the barmy beliefs of the Exclusive Brethren, a cult that has 17,000 followers in Britain and enjoys charitable tax relief worth up to £13 million a year. Other media are now getting in on the act. Yesterday the Huffington Post reported that schools run by […]
Recent criticism of human rights violations in Saudi Arabia by Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, above, has been characterised by officials in the kingdom as a direct attack on Islam. Wallström called Saudi Arabia a dictatorship last month and denounced its treatment of women. She also condemned Riyadh’s sentencing of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, […]
Christian street preacher Michael Overd, above, has been convicted of delivering homophobic sermons over loudspeakers in Taunton, Somerset, last summer. Overd, 50, from Creech St Michael, was cleared of a second similar charge and another of causing “racially-aggravated” harassment aimed at Muslims. He was fined £200 and ordered to pay compensation and costs […]
An Islamist preacher from Kuwait has issued a call for the destruction of Egypt’s Sphinx and pyramids. According to this report, Ibrahim Al Kandari stated it was time for Muslims to erase the pharaohs’ heritage. His demand came as Islamic State jihadists ramp up their attacks against historic sites. Although the ancient monuments are not […]
British Home Secretary Theresa May today declared that the UK will no longer tolerate the behaviour of Islamist extremists who ‘reject our values’. According to the BBC, May said the government was determined to defeat extremism in “all its forms”, but emphasised: The most serious and widespread form of extremism we need to confront is […]
Last week a mob in Afghanistan attacked and killed a 27-year-old woman, named only as Farkhunda, for allegedly burning a copy of the Koran. In protest against this horrific killing, Reza Mohebbii, above, burned a Koran and posted a video of the book going up in flames on YouTube, saying that ‘humanity is beyond an […]