Sam Harris addresses critics of his stance on Islam and violence (video)

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Sam Harris sat down with The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur to discuss recent criticisms of his views on Islam and religious extremism on a previous episode of TYT Live.The 3-hour interview may be one of the most in depth looks at Harris views and Uygur proved to be a worth opponent capable of making Harris answer for and clarify many statements that Harris has often said are misrepresentations of his views.Watch the interview below and let me know what you think in the comments: … [Read more...]

Did a recent study find evidence of life after death?

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The age-old question of whether there is life after death is one of the main selling points of religion and sparks countless philosophical debates around the globe. Near-death experiences garner the front pages of magazines like Newsweek because, as humans, we struggle with facing our own mortality and search for evidence of what comes after death.In a new study published in the journal Resuscitation, researchers claim to have found evidence in support of life after death. Taking stories … [Read more...]

Last week I interviewed physicist Sean Carroll on Atheist Hangouts

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Last week I guest hosted Atheist Hangouts with David Viviano and the guest was theoretical physicist Sean Carroll. We discussed life after death, multiple universes, his amazing model universe, Quantum Field Theory and his wildly popular debate with apologist William Lane Craig.This is one show you will not want to miss, discussing these topics with the genius that is Carroll was simply awe inspiring and reminded me personally about just how spectacular our universe really is.  … [Read more...]

Churches are not being forced to perform same-sex weddings

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Fellow Patheos blogger Rebecca Hamilton has a rather dishonest article up today about two ordained ministers being sued for not performing same-sex marriages.According to the Religion News Service: The owners of an Idaho wedding chapel [The Hitching Post] have filed suit against officials in Coeur d’Alene, claiming that the city is unconstitutionally forcing them to violate their religious beliefs by performing same-sex marriages or face possible fines and jail time. And RNS continued to ex … [Read more...]

Review: Ken Ham tells his side of the creation versus evolution debate in a new book


Review written by Chris Saunders and  M Dolon Hickmon Inside the Nye/Ham Debate (2014, Masters Books) is a companion piece to the 2014 televised “origins” debate between celebrity science guy Bill Nye and creationist museum operator and would-be religious theme park mogul Ken Ham. Co-authored by Ken Ham and his son-in-law, Bodie Hodge, the book presents all of the familiar creationist themes, which range from attempting to debunk the science of ice core samples to rationalizing away earth’s foss … [Read more...]

Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: 30 Second Review


The following is a 30 second review written by M Dolon Hickmon for the book Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart. Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart (October 16th 2014, Rowman & Littlefield) might best be described as a manual for working out one’s own summary of ethical beliefs. Co-authors Lex Bayer and John Figdor do produce a personal list of ten “non-commandments”, but readers are consistently advised to treat these as debatable illustrations, rather than as a completed non-theist moral framewo … [Read more...]

A statement about CJ Werleman and plagiarism

It is no secret I have a professional relationship with CJ Werleman, he has been influential in getting my book published and offered me a lot of guidance in getting my articles published on larger websites.It is also no secret that I agree with some of his views on Islam, I agree with much of the data that states politics plays a larger role in Islamic extremism than religion does. Even though I don’t fully agree and have not condoned some of the accusations against Sam Harris, as I don’t th … [Read more...]

Reza Aslan calls threats from atheists ‘venomous’ and is dealt the truth about apostasy


Islam apologist Reza Aslan sent out a tweet today claiming no other group has ever threatened him more than atheists. I've written about Muslims, Jews, Xtians, Buddhists, Hindus, Atheists. I've never received more venomous threats than I do from Atheists.— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) October 13, 2014Aslan who has been in a long media feud with Sam Harris and Bill Maher to name a few, has been getting flack from many in the atheist community for his refusal to hold Islam accountable for m … [Read more...]

Anti-vaxxers believe Ebola is nothing but a CDC conspiracy


The anti-vaccine movement will never cease to amaze me. The extreme level of idiocy that spews from this camp can seem funny at times, but when you remember they are backed by celebrity voices, their conspiracy filled messages become increasingly dangerous.Today, iO9 is reporting that the movement is claiming that whole Ebola outbreak is a CDC conspiracy. The purposefully misleadingly names site Child Health Safety has posted to their site: How is it we suddenly have an Ebola "outbreak" and … [Read more...]

MSNBC allows Sam Harris to actually speak

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Following an onslaught of MSNBC hosts and panelists calling Sam Harris a racist or bigot, Lawrence O'Donnell had Harris on his show and allowed  him to speak all of his thoughts without interruption.Have a listen and let me know in the comments what you thought. … [Read more...]