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.
Legends from around the world tell of children raised by wild animals including wolves, bears, and apes. The feral child is common in myth and folklore, dating back at least to Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers of Roman mythology rescued from certain death and raised by a wolf. The feral child image evokes a strong romanticism for many people, and this wa […]
For the past few years, I have been intensely studying what I call “The Bigfoot Bear”—that is, any bear, especially if standing and even walking upright, that may be mistaken for a Bigfoot. Here I offer a poem on that subject (rather than an investigative report). It is written in a style I have developed, that I call improvisational rhyming. It is perhaps b […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump handily win the New Hampshire primary. Sanders becomes the first non-Christian to win a presidential primary. Trump is the first, uh, whatever he is to win a presidential primary . President Obama’ […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. My neighboring state of New Hampshire (or as one friend once referred to it, “Bizarro Vermont”) is holding its sort-of-first-in-the-nation primary today, and you can almost feel the electricity and the excitem—- that’s not true, it’s just a regula […]
By Michael De Dora and Nicholas Little Violations of human rights — through the denial of freedom of conscience, oppression of women, and discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities — occur with depressing frequency throughout the world. Here at the Center for Inquiry, we recognize that some of these global issues cannot be solved in the short term b […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. In The New York Times, Susan Jacoby argues that secularists must find ways to combine their powers and hold politicians accountable for their positions and their language, citing the CFI-RDFRS merger as a rare example of “a rare union of secular f […]
Shown in the accompanying photograph, this 12-paneled aqua bottle (hand blown in a two-piece mold and measuring about 5 3⁄8’’ tall by 1 13⁄16’’ diameter) is embossed “REV. N. H. DOWNS’ / VEGETABLE / BALSAMIC / ELIXIR.” It was (according to an 1882–83 directory ad) touted as “a sure cure for Coughs, Colds, Whooping-Cough and all Lung Diseases, when taken in […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Bernie Sanders’ religion or lack thereof is, surprisingly to me, a very hot topic of late. At Quartz, the most excellent Jennifer Michael Hecht (who notes that she leans toward Clinton) reflects on the broader importance of Sanders’ secularism: Sa […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. President Obama visits a mosque, the Islamic Society of Baltimore, and says this, which kind of chokes me up: Let me say as clearly as I can as president of the United States: you fit right here. You’re right where you belong. You’re part of Ameri […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. A very positive development: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom writes to Secretary Kerry to urge the State Department to provide humanitarian parole for Bangladesh’s secularist writers and activists in danger. CFI and a coali […]
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A range of punishments face ‘inappropriately dressed’ young Iranians who fall foul of Iran’s notorious ‘morality police’, known in Persian as ‘Ershad’. Ershad personnel, according to this report, have a very extensive list of powers. These range from issuing warnings and forcing those they accuse of violating Iran’s Islamic code of conduct to make a […] […]
In a response to a petition calling for the removal of Church of England bishops from the House of Lords, the Government has responded by saying that it has no plans to dislodge a babble of unelected Anglican bishops because they ‘provide an important independent voice and spiritual insight into the work of the Upper […]
Back in 2013, Lackland Air Force Base in Texas gave non-religious recruits permission to organise secular gatherings in lieu of attending church services. Given that the previous alternative to going to church was to stay back and clean the dorms, this was a welcome third option. There were only five attendees when the alternative programme […]
Indian lawyer Chandan Kumar Singh, above, has been heavily criticised for bringing a court action against the god Ram, hero of the Ramayana, the Sanskrit epic of 24,000 stanzas. Singh told the BBC that he took the action because he felt “Lord Ram was unjust to his wife Sita”, and he wanted a court in […]
Abuse survivor groups have expressed anger over today’s decision to allow Cardinal George Pell to give video link evidence to the child abuse Royal Commission in Australia. According to this report, commissioner Peter McClellan has accepted an Italian doctor’s evidence he is too sick to fly. He revealed the Italian report said Cardinal Pell was […]
Religious correspondents who received copies of That Was The Church That Was: How the Church of England Lost the English People, due for release on February 11, have been ordered to ‘immediately’ return the ‘relentlessly honest’ book to the publisher. The blurb for the book said: The Church of England still seemed an essential part […]
Australian judge, Justice Peter McClellan, will decide tomorrow whether Cardinal George Pell, above, should be allowed to give evidence to the child abuse Royal Commission via video link from Rome rather than appearing in person. According to this report, Australia’s most senior Catholic has, for a second time, asked for his evidence to heard in […]
Rather than allow two Satanic Temple members to deliver invocations later this month, Phoenix City Council has voted to end prayer completely. According to this report, for decades the council has begun each meeting with a burst of mumbo-jumbo. While those invocations were typically Christian, the tradition was technically multi-denominational, with Jews, Mu […]
In one of his silliest publicity stunts to date, the Pope has given his blessing to the Diocese of Salford’s double-decker ‘Mercy Bus’, which will soon be touring parts of Greater Manchester and Lancashire. The Catholic Herald reveals that the “holy” bus will have priests available to hear Confession, or just to talk and listen to […]
Ashraf Fayadh, above, the Palestinian poet who was sentenced to death last year in Saudi Arabia for ‘doubting the existence of God’, has had his sentence commuted to eight years in prison and 800 lashes. His death sentence for apostasy caused an international outcry with hundreds of writers, actors and artists appealing for his release. […]