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. A little good news: It looks like the Russell Amendment, which would have allowed religiously-based discrimination by federal contractors, has died in conference. We dance on its grave: “This is an even more important victory than it might seem,” said D […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. At the Arizona Daily Star, Gil Shapiro pens an op-ed on the threats to secularism posed by a Trump administration, and brings us in: Eddie Tabash, a constitutional lawyer and Chair of the Center for Inquiry, our nation’s leading secular think tank state […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. As many of us feared, anti-vaxxers have been emboldened by Trump’s victory, particularly their quack pseudo-prophet, Andrew Wakefield, who apparently got to meet with Trump during the campaign, and who told STAT: For the first time in a long time, I fee […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Well, they got me. My Quote of the Day yesterday was premised on a fake Trump tweet, and I feel really stupid. The fake, it is everywhere. My apologies. NONETHELESS, CFI has officially come out in opposition to the REAL tweet in which Trump called for t […]
Where my travels take me, I often have occasion to check out a “haunted” tavern or inn. In several months’ time in 2015–2016, for example, I visited two such places in Australia, others in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, Vancouver’s Gastown, and Niagara Falls, NY, and then in June 2016, the Tavern on Main in Chepachet, RI. I was in those areas during visits […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Today is Giving Tuesday, which you probably already know due to the emails piling up in your inbox from do-gooder nonprofits like us. But make no mistake, the incoming administration is not one that is friendly to things like science, reason, facts, or […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Has your life been empty over the past week? Did you feel like your soul had been sucked into a swirling vortex of nothingness? You’d probably presume that’s because there was no Morning Heresy all last week. But now we’re back, and oh look, that swirli […]
This blog is part of a monthly series titled “Unco Junto” (after the discussion clubs founded by Benjamin Franklin) in which I offer an introductory topic essay and a handful of commenters are invited to respond in any way they see fit. The goal is to provide a forum for long-form—and hopefully provocative—analysis in a media often dominated by superficial s […]
“Black Oil” is an old English name for a horse liniment. It eventually came to be sold in America as “a never failing Remedy for Man and Beast.” One variety was “Scarret’s Liniment” or “Black-oil for poll-evil, fistula, etc.” Its ingredients—Currier’s oil, oil of spike, and oil of vitriol (sulfuric acid!)—were given in an old receipt (recipe) book (Dr. Chase […]
LeRoy, New York, has many claims to fame—apart from the mysterious twitching outbreak I investigated for Skeptical Inquirer in 2012. It was the birthplace of Jell-O in 1897 (the museum is well worth seeing) as well as something called Mother Gray’s Sweet Powders for Children, among other products. On a visit in 2016 I purchased from an antique store a rare i […]
A recent survey by STR, a hospitality analytics company, found that the percentage of American hotels that offer religious materials in rooms has dropped significantly over the last decade, from 95 percent in 2006 to 48 percent this year. One company that has decided not to accommodate Bibles at at two of its newest millennial-oriented […]
The Catholic Church today publicly apologised to a disabled woman who was abused over a period of 14 years by one of its priests, Father Tom Knowles, above, the first priest in Australia to be defrocked for having a ‘long-term inappropriate sexual relationship with a woman.’ According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the apology to […]
Fury has erupted in Holland after a government-backed anti-discrimination watchdog – MiND – ruled that it was perfectly OK for Muslims to send gay people death threats. According to this report, the taxpayer-funded hotline said it would not pursue a criminal complaint over horrific messages from radical Islamists because the Koran says gay people can […] […]
A Christmas-themed board game that pits Jesus against Santa ‘trivialises Christian belief’ by portraying the the two ‘as fictional characters’, according to Evangelical Alliance spokesman Danny Webster. The BBC reports that Santa vs Jesus, made by London company Komo Games, is played by two teams – one for each of the festive figures – who […]
The National Secular Society is urging people to support a fundraising effort to open a swimming pool on Scotland’s Isle of Lewis on Sundays, which councillors are currently refusing to open on the Sabbath. The NSS yesterday revealed that local campaigners have started a fundraising drive to open the Ionad Spòrs Leòdhaisa Sports Centre, and […]
I have written for the atheist/secular humanist press since 1974, when my first article appeared in the venerable British monthly, The Freethinker (established 1881). I remember that, from time to time, we would debate the best names to apply to ourselves: atheist, agnostic, freethinker, or secular humanist. I myself have always liked freethinker — someone […]
A Saudi woman who ventured out in Riyadh with her head uncovered sparked a flurry of death threats this week when she tweeted a picture of her defiant act. According to this report, death threats were made against Malak Al Shehri, above, by outraged Muslims after her photo went viral. “Kill her and throw her […]
Last year it was reported in Newsweek that Bernt Ivar Eidsvig, the bishop of Oslo, above, had been charged with ‘gross economic fraud’. He and his diocese was accused of overstating their membership numbers, thereby claiming state funding to which it was not entitled. This week, according to the Independent, the case culminated with the […]
Despite having been jailed for plotting to bomb an abortion clinic, Cheryl Sullenger, above, senior Vice President of Operation Rescue, a ‘pro-life’ Christian outfit in the US, is a very angry over the use of the word ‘terrorist’ by Dr Warren Hern, a Colorado doctor who performs later abortions. According to Jezebel, Sullenger, who was […]
Rabbi Eliyahu Asulin, of Hadera, above, is being paid thousands by students wanting to become official mohels (circumcisers) and are being sent unsupervised to mutilate Ethiopian and Somalian infants. According to this report, an investigation conducted by Kan, Israel’s new public broadcasting corporation, revealed that Asulin’s totally inexperienced student […]