Pilot program to require religion or ethics classes in Russia

MSNBC Reports: The proposal is part of a Kremlin effort to teach young Russians morals in the wake of a turbulent period of uncertainty following the collapse of the officially atheist Soviet Union. Medvedev said preteen students at about 12,000 schools in 18 Russian regions would take the classes. They will be offered the choice of studying the dominant Russian Orthodox religion, Islam, Buddhism or Judaism, or of taking an overview of all four faiths, or a course in secular… Read more

Stephen Pinker Makes The Case Against The “Blank Slate”

Thanks to AtheisTube for the find. Your Thoughts? Read more

Anti-Gay Visiting Law Professor At NYU Causes Controversy

Jill at Feministe gives the basics: Oh this story is so easy to critique. The summary is this: NYU Law, my alma mater, invited National University of Singapore professor Dr. Li-ann Thio to teach as a visiting professor. Dr. Thio is slated to teach “Human Rights in Asia,” and is certainly an accomplished academic and politician. However, Dr. Thio also has some, uh, questionable views on homosexuality and gay rights — she compared anal sex to “shoving a straw up… Read more

Debunking Creationists: Water

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Daily Hilarity: Abraham and Isaac

That Mitchell and Webb Look dramatizes another Bible sotry: Read more

Daily Hilarity: “Mr. Deity And The Scripts”

Brand new Mr. Deity: Read more

Teen Pregnancies And STDs Up

Has this resulted from efforts to scale back sex education in schools during the Bush years as the social left claims?  Or is it because of increased sexual licentiousness throughout the culture as the social right claims? Teenage pregnancies and syphilis have risen sharply among a generation of American school girls who were urged to avoid sex before marriage under George Bush’s evangelically-driven education policy, according to a new report by the US’s major public health body. In a report… Read more

PZ Myers And Sam Harris On Atheist Activism And Everyday Encounters

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What Makes Humans Unique?

This is a fascinating, illuminating, and myth-debunking lecture from neurologist Robert Sapolsky.  He goes through a number of features of our nature, shows how they are shared with other animals and how we take these features to another level.  And in the end it’s paradoxical and inspirational. It’s long but worth the time. Thanks to AtheisTube for the heads up! Your Thoughts? Read more

Daily Hilarity: Mr. Deity On The Lion And The Lamb

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