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 nature of modern research has been changing slowly for the past thirty years. After World War II, when the emergence of big, government-funded science and scientific funding institutions propelled modern science and technology forward suddenly, the modern model of blue-sky, government-financed research beckoned a new generation of scientists to explore a […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Authorities in Bangladesh arrest Farabi Shafiur Rahman as a suspect in the murder of Avijit Roy, a man who Dr. Roy said in his final article for Free Inquiry had been issuing death threats against him over social media. (Note: Rahman’s name is ord […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. The punishment just keeps on coming. Raif Badawi may be re-tried under the charge of apostasy, and thereby face the death penalty. Following the brutal murder of Avijit Roy by Islamic extremists in Bangladesh, our own Michael De Dora (a friend and […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Yesterday was a bad one. As most people on the Internet were rightfully energized by the passage of net neutrality and less-rightfully-so about llamas and dresses, we at CFI lost a close ally to violence. Dr. Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American wri […]
The Radio 3 The Verb programme, in which I discuss pseudo-profundity (with some analytic vs continental philosophy discussion), is repeated tomorrow night at 10pm GMT on BBC Radio 3. It will be available for a week on bbc radio iplayer. Below is my old post concerning that programme. Link to programme website here. Here is a quote from Baudrillard that Prof […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Yesterday we released our 2014 annual Progress Report: Winning Landmark Victories, Confronting New Challenges. 2014 was huge, guys. This report should give you a good idea of the roller coaster ride it was, and how the support of our community hel […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. So the ultraconservative American Family Association has this “bigotry map,” which is their version of an enemies list, showing the groups they say are “anti-Christian.” Thing is, CFI wasn’t on their list, and we were all “what’s up with that,” so […]
New York City directories listed Henry Root, Patent Medicines, from as early as 1881 until 1913 or possibly later. Sometimes calling himself “Dr.” Root, he offered a “cure” for epilepsy—only one among many. Actually “Dr.” Henry Root was from Springfield, Ohio, where—on the 1870 U.S. Census—he was listed, at age 35, as “Vendor of Patent Medicine.” Apparently […]
A few years ago when completing my M.Ed. degree I chose eating disorder misinformation as the subject of my Masters thesis. This was important to me for several reasons, including that it involved several of my longstanding interests such as myths and misinformation (a typical skeptical subject); eating disorders (a subject I first became involved with when […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. I feel like the National Geographic Society is confused. On one hand, their latest magazine cover is a powerful acknowledgement of the assault on science from deniers, magical thinkers, and conspiracy theorists, with the feature store being the ex […]
Florida pastor Mike Olive, above, is claiming that his religious rights were violated by a Lake Worth safety inspector. Allegations of ‘KGB tactics’ and a ‘war on religion’ are now being tossed about. Pastor Mike Olive, according to this report, operates the Common Ground Church and Coffee Bar. The city does not require churches or […]
Devout Christian activist Matthew McLaughlin wants all gay people in California to be executed by firing squad to prevent a repeat of the ‘Sodom and Gomorrha’ (sic) incident. McLaughlin last week paid $200 to file a ballot initiative – “The Sodomite Suppression Act” – with the Attorney General in Sacramento. McLaughlin calls homosexual sex “buggery,” and [… […]
Peers debating a Government backed Bill have been warned by Nicholas Le Poer Trench, the earl of Clancarty, that ‘institutionalising’ religion in any local authority meeting ‘must in the modern age be insensitive and crosses what many people would think is today’s acceptable line’. According to this report, the Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) B […]
Victor Arden Barnard, 53, above, a Minnesota cult leader who had been the subject of a year-long global manhunt, was arrested on Saturday in a beach town in Brazil. Barnard, according to this report, was wanted on 59 counts of sexual assault on girls and young women in the isolated religious community he founded in […]
“Saint” Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, above, a multi-millionaire Indian guru, is facing allegations that he convinced 400 of his followers have their testicles removed. According to this report, officers from India’s elite Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) appear to have made a crucial breakthrough in a long-running investigation into the alleged mas […]
A judge in Liverpool stopped a trial after learning that a Muslim witness had sworn an oath on a Bible instead of a Koran. Later, according to this report, recorder Patrick Thompson said in a statement that he had made an error by stopping the trial of Michael Davies, 38, who denies trying to rob […]
A rural South Carolina college is attempting to eradicate homosexuality among its students after two of the school’s popular volleyball players – Drew Davis, left, and Juan Verona – came out as gay. Erskine College reacted by issuing policy statement saying that it is officially opposed to same-sex relationships because it isn’t part of: God’s […] […]
Unidentified assailants with machetes yesterday hacked to death Avijit Roy, pictured above during a visit to Paris in 2012. According to this report, Roy’s writings showed him to be a fierce critic of Islamic fundamentalism and was frequently threatened. On Twitter, Roy called himself a “prominent defender of the free-thought movement” in Bangladesh. In Dece […]
India’s Mufti Muhammad Ilyas, above left, of the newly-formed Muslim body Jamaat Ulama-e-Hind, has had a bounty placed on his head after claiming that Lord Shiva was the ‘first prophet of Islam’. The bounty of 1,00,786 rupees (about £1,046) was announced by Mooen Siddiqui Noori, National President of the Bareilly-based All India Faizan-e-Madina Council, a s […]
Commentators have been having a great deal of fun at the expense of Tory MP, David Tredinnick, who said this week that the NHS could use astrology to treat its patients. In addition to publishing a Photoshopped image of the crackpot, dubbed “Mystic Tred”, the Huffington Post carried a piece by Paul Vale who suggested […]