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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The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Wait. I shouldn’t…um… Weren’t, um… Ahem. Weren’t we supposed to be…like…yesterday… Never mind. Philip Shenon at Politico reports on the declassification of a CIA report that seems to indicate a lot of shadiness by John McCone, CIA director at the […]
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Why shouldn’t parents be free to send their kids to a religious school if they so wish? Even many non-religious folk seem to think, ‘Where’s the harm?’ I think we suffer from the anaesthetic of familiarity when it comes to religious schools. There was a time when slavery was such a familiar part of the cultural landscape that many didn’t notice how awful i […]
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In the wake of a shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College that left at least ten people dead, last week President Obama held a press conference in which he stated that “Somehow, this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. We become numb to this.” It’s an understandable lament. There’s also no […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Do you feel disoriented, like the past two weeks are just a blur? No worries, Cause & Effect, the official newsletter of CFI, is here to help fill in those gaps. The mob-killing of Mohammed Ikhlaq, the man in India who was suspected of slaugh […]
What happens when the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (seriously?) and the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (you gotta be kidding!) join forces for a ‘gay cure’ jawing session at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky? Well, for starters, you attract a dozens of angry gays protesters who insist that “gay cure […]
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A BBC investigation into faith-based crime, broadcast yesterday on Radio 5, claimed that a special Metropolitan Police team – Operation Violet – has seen a significant increase in reports of crimes related to witchcraft in London. But other areas don’t have such specialist expertise and half of police forces in the UK are failing to […]
The Conservative Tribune (Motto: In Defense of Western Civilisation) gleefully reports on new ‘evidence’ regarding the destruction of the city of Sodom, and that non-believers are now in a ‘panic’. The ‘evidence’ was reportedly uncovered by an archaeological team led by Steve Collins, above, from New Mexico’s Trinity Southwest University. The Tall el-Hammam […]
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American ‘anti-God’ organisations that campaign to remove religious symbols are the equivalent of Islamic terror groups. That’s the view of US evangelist Franklin Graham, who reacted with outrage to the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the Oklahoma Capitol building on Monday night. According to this report, Graham wrote on Facebook: We have been [ […]
America’s pork producers are in an uproar after the federal government last week abruptly removed all pork products from the national menu for 206,000 federal inmates. But the move delighted the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the country’s largest Muslim civil rights advocacy group, which yesterday tweeted: Finally, the government has decided to eli […]
Chris McCann, above, a Christian doomsday buffoon who predicted that Planet Earth would be totally destroyed by fire on October 7, has expressed ‘surprise’ that nothing happened on Destruction Wednesday. The Guardian reports that McCann, head of the E Bible Fellowship based in Philadelphia, says that more Bible study is needed before a fresh date […]
Disgraced Bishop Peter Ball, 83, evaded prosecution for decades after ‘corrupt’ Establishment figures, including a member of the Royal family, mobilised to shield him from justice. Details of how Ball, above, was protected came to light in the Old Bailey in London yesterday where he was sentenced by Mr Justice Wilkie to two years and […]
Whilst working as a contractor at a ‘devoutly Christian’ US Air Force dental clinic at Fort Meade, Maryland, Deborah Schoenfeld, above, was allegedly branded a ‘witch’ and subjected to harassment over her Hindu faith – and was then sacked after she complained. According to Air Force Times, two of her former co-workers – speaking on condition […] […]