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. I can’t seem to wake up today. Almost as though my body is saying, “No, really, you don’t need to see this.” SciAm reports on the possible consequences of this “vaccine commission” Trump might create with RFK Jr.: Public health experts and autism advoc […]
The mania for holy relics—in Catholicism objects once connected with the body of a saint—stems from belief that a relic is imbued with miraculous power including supernatural healings. Not surprisingly, this superstition has led to many excesses. So intent were relic mongers on securing coveted bones or other relics that they kept watch on live potential sai […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. I was sick yesterday. Today is our last full day with President Obama. Tomorrow is the first day of President Trump. As though fuming in frustration, Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016, the third straight year it’s done so. NYT’s J […]
2014: The Shoppes at Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica I was done. I’d arrived at the gated tourist mini-mall about half an hour earlier, and couldn’t take any more of the servile shopkeepers shilling shelf after shelf of schlocky tchotchke of unrivalled tackiness. I didn’t need a colorful coffee mug featuring a baked (and well-endowed) rasta firing up a splif […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. The theater where I direct a show with University of New England students every year (we’re doing Into the Woods this year because we’re crazy) is apparently haunted. As long as the ghost doesn’t screw up the performances, then fine. Peter Boyer at Esqu […]
The inauguration of Donald Trump is only a week away and the many who dread the incoming administration are busy bewailing the coming catastrophe. The terms “fascist” and “fascism” feature prominently in their denunciations and historical analogies to Hitler or Mussolini are liberally offered. Just the other day, a full-page ad appeared in The Washington Pos […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. The Washington Post editorial board comes down against Trump and the news of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. being maybe-asked to head a “vaccine safety commission,” saying, “He will endanger the health of millions of children if he fans doubts about vaccine safe […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz introduces a “scientific integrity” policy to try and brace against the coming Trump storm. Chris Mooney reports: The seven-page policy prevents other agency employees, such as political appointees or press officers, from l […]
In my previous blog, “A Tramp-art Picture Frame,” I focused on a typical work of that folk-art genre. Here is a very different example (see photograph). The preponderance of tramp-art pieces (a minority of which were actually produced by hoboes) exhibited notched carving, like all the examples in a book I cited. That signature technique was applied to wood s […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Yesterday was crazy. I mean, just ridiculous. The mind reels just trying to recall all the weird, troubling, inspiring, depressing, hilarious, and bizarre things that happened. So of course you have the Russia thing, and the pee. What’s true, what’s not […]
In January of 2012, just days after atheist Jessica Ahlquist won her lawsuit to take down a religious mural from Cranston High School West, Rhode Island State Rep Peter Palumbo, above, went on the John DePetro radio show and called Jessica, inset, an ‘evil little thing’, quickly adding that even if she wasn’t evil, she […]
Within hours of Trump’s inauguration, which for all the world looked like the first steps towards a full-blown theocracy, the official White House website expunged a page on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights – and it appears all mentions of climate change have also been erased throughout the site. The Obama administration introduced the […]
On the eve of Trump’s inauguration, the Order of Perpetual Indulgence Convent of Dunn Eideann in Scotland performed a Rite of Canonical Indictment & Excommunication against America’s 45th President. According to a statement issued earlier today, the ceremony took place in Edinburgh outside Waverley Gate (the former GPO Building) in Princes Street and was […]
The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA), headed by Sir Anthony Hart, above, reveals that children’s homes run by churches and charities in Northern Ireland were the scene of widespread abuse and mistreatment of young residents. Sir Anthony, according to the BBC, said the largest number of complaints received related to four Sisters of Nazareth homes […]
Recently the American Family Association found something new shriek about: the January issue of National Geographic which featured a nine-year-old transgender child on its cover. So filled with fury was the AFA that it launched a petition demanding that the magazine stop “foisting unhealthy lifestyles” on its readers. The petitions says: Susan Goldberg, the […]
Nurse Lidia Fisiba, 26, above, was arrested in India this week for allegedly spraying acid on her ex-boyfriend’s face and slashing his cheeks with a scalpel after he refused to marry her and convert to Christianity. The victim, according to this report, is L Jayakumar, 32, a cloth merchant from Prakashnagar who is undergoing treatment […]
Professor John Radford, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of East London, reviews Big Gods: How religion transformed co-operation and conflict by Ara Norenzayan. I initially held back a little from reading this book, partly because I’ve never been very keen on gods, especially big ones, and the title suggested a more favourable view […] […]
A petition calling for the banning of a BBC2 comedy sketch – The Real Housewives of ISIS – has branded it ‘an act of terrorism against Muslim women’. The creator of the petition, Emma Bird, stupidly gives the impression that the sketch was to herald the start of a new comedy series about Muslim women. […]
A 61-year-old Sikh man, who was granted permission not use use a helmet on religious grounds, was killed this week in an accident in Hong Kong. According to this report, the victim, identified only by his surname Singh, died after his scooter collided with a delivery bicycle. Singh and his passenger were thrown off the […]
Father Kevin McNamara, above, has lodged a complaint with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) over what he claimed was the ‘ridiculing of the Eucharist’ on the Late Late Show. McNamara went scuttling off to the TV watchdog after comedian David Chambers referred to the Eucharist as “haunted bread” on show. According to this report, the […]