Religion

Global Quickies: No Dancing, No Birth Control, No Abandoning a Faith

Global Quickies: No Dancing, No Birth Control, No Abandoning a Faith

IRAN The Iranian government arrested two 23-year-olds for appearing in a music video singing and dancing in support of the Iranian soccer team in the World Cup. SUDAN Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman freed from death row was detained at the airport for allegedly trying to leave the country with fake documents. She’s now been freed again. JAPAN (From Angelina) Some language schools in Japan are f... »

Please Join Me at CFI WEST on July 1st

Please Join Me at CFI WEST on July 1st

Hello friends! (And future friends!) This is a reminder that the first meeting for my new group, The Los Angeles Women’s Atheist and Agnostic Group (LAWAAG) is happening at 7pm on Tuesday, July 1st at The Center For Inquiry, Los Angeles. The group is being created to provide a safe, supportive and creative space for those who primarily identify as women. We are going to work on activist art ... »

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Fellow Atheists: Quit Bragging About Our Prison Underrepresentation

Dan Arel’s piece on atheists and the prison population has been making the rounds, along with the seemingly inevitable assertion that the statistics prove that atheists are no less (and perhaps) more moral than theists. I understand the impulse. Truly, I do. Every time I speak at a high school or in any other context where I’m engaging a theist majority, I make a point of addressing it... »

New Video! “If Evolution is True, is Rape Wrong?”

New Video! “If Evolution is True, is Rape Wrong?”

Original story found at Raw Story Support these videos on Patreon! Sort-of-transcript: Creationist Darek Isaacs went on the show “Creation Today” and said that according to his learned studies, the theory of evolution excuses rape. “You have to start asking questions: Well, if evolution is true, and it’s just all about the male propagating their DNA, we had to ask hard questions, like, well, is ra... »

Global Quickies: Exoskeletons, Pastafarians, and No Psychic Pandas

Global Quickies: Exoskeletons, Pastafarians, and No Psychic Pandas

(Just two World Cup-related links, I promise.) BRAZIL A Brazilian paraplegic made the first kick of the World Cup using a robotic exoskeleton. It was cool, but they had promised much more.   CHINA Panda cubs at an enclosure in China have been forbidden from predicting the scores of the football World Cup.   MALAYSIA Seventeen transgender women were arrested in Malaysia for allegedly viol... »

Escaping Religion and Abuse

Escaping Religion and Abuse

I consider myself very lucky in the sense that I was not indoctrinated into any specific religion as a child. I never had to cast aside the shackles of religion or fight to escape religious persecution. I was free to decide if religion was right for me and I didn’t have to give up family when I did that. But most people are not so lucky. Most children have the path of their life set by thous... »

Global Quickies: Witch Doctors in Soccer, Hunger Games in Thailand, and Discrimination in the Americas

Global Quickies: Witch Doctors in Soccer, Hunger Games in Thailand, and Discrimination in the Americas

IRELAND (from Amy) Bodies of 800 babies, long-dead, found in septic tank at former Irish home for unwed mothers. GHANA Ghana’s most influential witch doctor has claimed he is responsible for the knee injury that is threatening Cristiano Ronaldo’s participation at the World Cup. For non-soccer fans: Ghana is in the same classification group as Portugal, whose star player is Cristiano Ronaldo. IRAN ... »

Richard Dawkins: Likes & Dislikes

Richard Dawkins: Likes & Dislikes

Dislikes The term “owned”. No worries if you use it in its actual form, “pwned”. Harry Potter. Like the religious fundamentalist parents fearful of its Satanic influence on their precious offspring, Dawkins has yet to read Harry Potter. Fairy tales. Santa (but not Christmas). Improper grammar, especially when part of a “coordinated campaign”. Likes Faulty compar... »

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