A Case Against Blair

Stephane Mot’s reasons for opposing Blair, whom he labels a “fundamentalist”: Unsurprisingly, Tony Blair came out in the open as a candidate for the Presidency of Europe. The problem is that previously, he also came out in the open as a newly converted Catholic. Some – including yours truly – would rather say “born again fundamentalist”. After palling and praying around with a fundamentalist imposteur (George W. Bush), after courting a fundamentalist pope (Benedict XVI), The Right Honourable Anthony Charles… Read more

Dara O’Brien Vs. Homeopathy

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Jonah Hill Flops As A Stand Up

After touring with Seth Rogen trying his hand at stand up comedy for role research for his upcoming film, Jonah Hill abandons the stage for good: Hill admits his dreams of becoming a regular stand-up were crushed by watching Rogen’s comedy routine kill crowds with laughter while he got heckled on stage. He says, “I never done stand-up comedy before… When they recognize you from a movie or something you get a free five minutes when they’re excited to see… Read more

Richard Dawkins Interviews Jesuit Astronomer Father George Coyne

An utterly fascinating dialogue, Coyne throughout is a novel, deeply scientifically informed, and riveting thinker and Dawkins puts exactly the right questions and brief challenges to him.  Watch all 7 parts, they’re great. Your Thoughts? Read more

Conservative Christians Coming Around On Harry Potter?

The contrast: Conservative Christian reviews of the new Harry Potter movie are surprisingly positive. “As ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens, we are once again reminded of the characteristics that make him something of a Christ figure,” Connie Neal writes for the evangelical Christianity Today. “It is more likely that at the end of the viewing or reading, rather than the allure of magic … what remains are the scenes that evoke values such as friendship, altruism, loyalty, and… Read more

South African Judge Candidate On His Atheism

Really interesting statement in response to ridiculous questions put to him: An Eastern Cape candidate judge caused a stir before the Judicial Service Commission when he told members he left priesthood for the law because he concluded that there is no God. Senior Counsel Torquil Paterson told the JSC: “I left the church for a variety of reasons, chief among them being that I realised God does not exist. I am an atheist.” Paterson, whose lengthy theological studies included a… Read more

Spong Denies Existence of Hell

Thanks to 123 Religious Comics. Your Thoughts? Read more

Atheists Make Efforts To Organize

Rather exciting stuff: Some are adopting rituals themselves, from de-baptisms to wedding ceremonies, as a way to cement ties among members. Others are organizing science-related outings or enrolling in community-service programs. Nationwide, atheists’ groups are now treading, sometimes gingerly, into unfamiliar territory. “This is the transition moment right now,” says Dale McGowan, author of “Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion.” “Some groups are really diving in [to foster a robust sense of community], and some of… Read more

A New Common Ancestor Found

They say it’s a lemur-like creature from 47 million years ago: Read more

James Randi Exposing Healing Frauds

James Randi, the former magician known as The Amazing Randi, in the ’80s went on Johnny Carson with some staggering footage and insight into how religious charlatans were faking miracles and swindling people.  This video shows a portion of what they uncovered. Read more

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