About Dan Arel

Dan Arel is an award winning journalist and the author of the best-selling book Parenting Without God. He is also freelance columnist for AlterNet and The Huffington Post. Follow him on Twitter: @danarel

Neil deGrasse Tyson slams climate changing politicians, says they are the ‘end of informed democracy’


In an interview with Think Progress ahead of Monday's television premier of StarTalk, Neil deGrasse Tyson slammed politicians and the media who allow them to voice their ignorance and said we are experiencing the “the beginning of the end of an informed democracy.” “If you want to lean in a political way because that’s your politics, you should do that based on an objective truth rather than cherry-picking science before you even land at an objective truth,” Tyson said. “You can’t just cherry-pi … [Read more...]

Scientists observe female chimps making spears


According to a new study published in the Royal Society Open Science journal, new evidence suggests for "tool-assisted hunting exhibited by chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) in a savannah habitat at Fongoli, Sénégal."Anthropologists have long been interested in the hunting techniques of chimps and other meat eating primates given the history of hunting in early human evolution.Researchers observed female chimps fashion spears out of live tree branches, removing the leaves and s … [Read more...]

Run Burnie Run! Senator Bernie Sanders says he is nearing a decision on a 2016 presidential bid


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the senates only self-proclaimed socialist says he is nearing a decision on running for president.Sanders says he is trying to see if he can raise the funds he needs to run a "credible campaign" in which he plans to address such issues as income inequality, unemployment, trade and climate change. Democratic socialist groups and liberal organizations are urging Sanders to run. One of those groups, the Democratic Socialists of America have started a petition … [Read more...]

Christian right-wing extremist group blamed for posting top law officials’ info

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FBI officials are investigating what they believe is a right-wing extremist group who posted the information, including home addresses of senior officials and former officials of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies.The message along with the official's info, titled DHS-CIA-FBI TRAITORS HOME ADDRESSES said:"LET THESE EVIL NWO SATANISTS KNOW THAT THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY FOR THEIR 911 TREASON, AND THEIR FUTURE FEMA CAMP PLANNED P … [Read more...]

Bill Maher: ‘I’ve never argued that vaccines don’t work. I just don’t think you need them.’


Among the circles I run in, it is often a very unpopular opinion that I dislike Bill Maher. I just don't find him that funny for a list of reasons. While I can agree with him on many issues related to liberalism or religion, overall he just doesn't do it for me.I am often called out though because I refer to Maher as being an anti-vaxxer and many people claim he is not, he just thinks we should question "big pharma" and he seems to buy into vaccine related myths.Well, we can now put it … [Read more...]

A Texas Christian couple fled the country after failing to raise a starved child from the dead

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In Texas, two church members have fled to Mexico after an anonymous tip was called into the local police that church members had been trying to resurrect a child from the dead.The child reportedly died a week earlier according to NBC News.According to a witness who called the police, [T]old investigators that a "rising ceremony" was held March 22 "to attempt to resurrect Victim from the dead." When that failed, the child was wrapped in a blanket and "taken back to Mexico," according to … [Read more...]

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should not be executed and America must abandon capital punishment


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a monster. When he and his brother set off bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon and later killed a police officer that resulted in a manhunt and shootout, they endangered the lives of so many Bostonians and the world watched on and wanted these men caught.There is no doubt that this young man is responsible, along with his brother, for the death of four innocent men and women and injuring countless others and ruining an unprecedented amount of lives.I was relieved the su … [Read more...]

Could the recent handling of controversies spell the end of Food Babe? Let’s hope so


Vani Hari, better know as The Food Babe is a fraud.Plain and simple, the work she does is dishonest, not based in science, profit driven and downright dangerous. (Like suggesting that people should not use sunscreen!)Armed with nothing more than a degree in computer science, Hari acts as a biologist, nutritionist, toxicologist and medical doctor all while holding zero degrees or training in any of them.In 2011 she sent out a tweet claiming the flu shot was used as tool for … [Read more...]

Pepsi and the Creation Museum: Should we care?


So over on Reddit this week a user spotted something funny about an ad for the Creation Museum on the back of a truck. Pepsi logos.Now, corporate sponsorships of museums and attractions are nothing new, and even though many of us disagree with and or see the message of creationism as being harmful to children, it makes a weak case to force Pepsi to abandon this when they can probably cite some small return on investment, and sadly this is what drives profit based business with … [Read more...]

Atheists are not the most hated group in America, but no one really likes us

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Recently, especially since the CNN special on Atheists in America in which American Atheists President David Silverman claimed that atheists are the most hated group in America, a heavy debate has picked up to either support or negate this claim.As it happens, back in July of 2014, I wrote such a piece for AlterNet titled, America's Overwhelming Contempt Toward Atheists and Muslims, and in the piece I looked at a recent survey done by PEW Research that looked at religious demographics and … [Read more...]