Video: Interview on Parenting Without God

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I recently took part in a live interview for the San Diego based Parenting Beyond Religion group and the San Diego Humanist Fellowship.Sean Taylor interviewed me on the topics covered in my book Parenting Without God. Check it out below. … [Read more...]

Freedom From Religion Foundation urges IRS to investigate Ark Encounter

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to the IRS urging them to investigate Ken Ham's Ark Encounter. Ham has continuously attempted to run a for-profit business behind his non-profit in order to benefit from as many tax breaks and discriminatory practices as possible.In an email the FFRF states: Answers in Genesis (AiG) is a Christian fundamentalist group that advocates a literal interpretation of the bible, and owns the Creation Museum. Through a subsidiary nonprofit, it … [Read more...]

New terrorism study shows there is no one-size fits all solution to terrorism

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With the release of The Institute for Economics and Peace's Global Terrorism Index this week we have learned that religiously motivated terrorism has grown exponentially as I covered in this post here.The study itself is very thorough and looks at motivators from all over the globe as shown in this chart:The study clearly shows that in Islamic countries or regions, religion is playing the major role in driving terrorism, but it also shows that around the globe that nationalism and … [Read more...]

Religion is the driving force behind terrorism according to a new study

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This years Global Terrorism Index report by The Institute for Economics and Peace has been released and with some major new details that seems to disrupt the narrative of those like Glenn Greenwald and even myself. Previous studies have strongly suggested that politics played a leading role in terrorism but it seems that this has shifted and with more middle east instability and the rise of groups like ISIS/ISIL, the focus on politics is more heavily focused on religion.Here are some … [Read more...]

Republican Congresswomen doesn’t understand climate change

Representative Vicky Hartzler who represents Missouri's 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives sent out this painfully scientifically illiterate tweet today: Global warming strikes America! Brrrr!— Rep. Vicky Hartzler (@RepHartzler) November 18, 2014 And she got a nice reply from Twitter, including myself over her incredible lack of scientific knowledge and audacity to tweet with such blatant confidence. Sadly, she will learn nothing from this experience and co … [Read more...]

Creationist Ray Comfort compares Physicist Lawrence Krauss to Hitler

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It seems creationists have a real problem with theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss.Krauss who recently commented that religion could be eradicated in a generation has come under fire from many religious leaders, but nothing compares to the level of idiocy brought forth by Ray Comfort and Emeal Zwayne, hosts of The Comfort Zone, Comforts online religious talk show.Zwayne commented of Krauss' glee in eradicating religion, “Just the glee that he got from the thought of eradicating reli … [Read more...]

Dr. Oz Twitter Q&A does not disappoint

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So today Dr. Oz, the quack who knowingly sells pseudoscientific remedies for the highest bidder thought it would be a good idea to run a Q&A on Twitter today. What are your biggest questions for me? Reply with #ozsinbox and I'll answer my favorites on http://t.co/16s4FYl6HV— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) May 7, 2014 His PR team did not think this one through. Here are a few of my favorites, but wow there are a million more.Do you agree with your pal Mercola that tanning beds are safer t … [Read more...]

What does it mean to claim Carl Sagan was not an atheist?

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Fellow Patheos blogger Kathy Schiffer has a rather joyful blog post up in which she realizes that Carl Sagan didn’t claim to be an atheist.This is rather common knowledge actually, when I read her headline I was originally not shocked at all, then I continued reading to see what looked like Sagan being misrepresented.Sagan himself said he was agnostic in a 1996 interview. He shied away from atheism in the same way Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn’t claim to be an atheist. However we have little … [Read more...]

Hey we landed on a comet, now let’s objectify women!

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Seriously, what is Rosetta Project Scientist Matt Taylor thinking when he wore this shirt on national TV today?There is already a big enough problem getting women and girls into STEM fields, how does a stupid shirt like this help? Lead scientists objectifying women? Great job...Here is what some of Twitter is saying today: I don't care what scientists wear. But a shirt featuring women in lingerie isn't appropriate for a broadcast if you care about women in STEM— Katie Mack (@ … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck’s mental illness doesn’t exist

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Shocker, Glenn Beck lied about his mental illness.The conservative commentator claimed earlier this week that he had suffered from “adrenal fatigue,” after being diagnosed by Dr. Ted Carrick a chiropractic neurologist.Except that chiropractic neurology is nothing but pseudoscience according to Yale University neurologist Dr. Steven Novella, writing in 2011 that:“Chiropractic neurology does not appear to be based on any body of research, or any accumulated scientific knowledge,” Novell … [Read more...]


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