5 things I learned by attending Ken Ham’s Answers Conference

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Like a creationist rock star, Answers in Genesis’s Ken Ham is out on tour spewing his usual nonsense. Luckily for me, the Answers Conference stopped over in my hometown of Springfield, Missouri. Even luckier for me, admission was free, so I went. I even got to meet Ken Ham. Really.I’m not going to write some long diatribe about all the falsehoods spilling out of Ken Ham's mouth. It’s simply too easy and, frankly, somewhat boring to tread over that well-trod ground. Like my friend Chris told m … [Read more...]

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Do atheists really only make up less than 1% of the prison population?

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I was reading my news this morning and have been a little behind when I came across a blog post by Hemant Mehta over at the Friendly Atheist blog titled, Atheists Now Make Up 0.1% of the Federal Prison Population and I thought back to the same article I wrote in March of 2014 for AlterNet in which I made the same claim and wondered if much had changed.Mehta's overall findings matched mine and he was correct in his overall assessment of the data, saying: It would be foolish to use this i … [Read more...]

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“Judge not…” is one of the most dangerous and immoral verses in the Bible

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Matthew 7:1-3 of the King James Version Bible reads:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?At first glance, this appears to be sage advice: in keeping with our own standards of anti-hypocrisy and forgiveness, it seems rather like common sense. But as " … [Read more...]

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The loathsomeness of using faith to marginalize the actions of Josh Duggar

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(Edit: thanks to a precise comment below, the words "young women" re: Josh Duggar's sexual assaults have been changed to "children".) In a recent story on the Seasons of Grace Patheos blog, Kathy Schiffer begins with the absolutely extraordinary headline:Schiffer makes the remarkably flimsy plea in her piece to avoid judgement and condemnation for Duggar's actions, reminding us that Jesus may yet write our own sins in the sand. She says:I’ve been pretty fed-up lately with Internet agi … [Read more...]

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According to Fox News, the war on Christmas has already begun

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Here I am thinking it's only August and I still had at least four more months before I had to suit up and wage a war on Christmas.However, according to Fox News host Elizabeth Hasselbeck, the war has already begun. She is referring to a case in Belen, New Mexico, where the Freedom From Religion Foundation is working to stop the city from displaying a Christian nativity scene on public land. “The war on Christmas typically comes, well, in the winter, near December, but this is coming a lit … [Read more...]

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Islamic apologist Reza Aslan lied about his academic credentials

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Well-known Islamic apologist Reza Aslan, who can be seen on MSNBC, CNN and other mainstream media networks blaming atheists for violence against Muslims and claiming that religion has nothing to do with Islamic terrorism, happens to be a giant fraud.Aslan regularly bills himself as a professor of religion and claims to have a Ph.D. in history and Western religions. This could not be further from the truth.In an expose on the apologist published by FrontPage Magazine: In actuality, Reza … [Read more...]

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Pat Robertson tells grandparents they should take child away from atheist parents

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Pat Robertson, television evangelist and the host of the 700 Club had advice for Christian grandparents who wrote him asking what they should do about their grandchild being raised by atheist parents.The viewer writes: Pat, I am very concerned because this past weekend my 6-year-old grandson said his dad told him God and Jesus were not real and were just made up to scare people about dying. I tried to explain the truth to him but he won’t believe me. I’m worried for my grandson’s soul. … [Read more...]

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Fourth atheist activist hacked to death in Bangladesh by Islamists

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Niloy Neel a Bangladeshi blogger and activist well known for his atheist views was hacked to death by a gang of Islamists armed with machetes in the capital Dhaka, local police say.Neel is the fourth atheist activist to be killed in Bangladesh this year."He was the voice against fundamentalism and extremism and was even a voice for minority rights - especially women's rights and the rights of indigenous people," said Imran H Sarkar, head of the Bangladesh Blogger and Activist … [Read more...]

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“Facing Oblivion” – Pre-Order Now Available

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My next book, Facing Oblivion: Essays on Life, Death and Grieving from a Nonbeliever, is now available on the Amazon Kindle as a pre-order item. It will be, like my past two titles, published by Atheist Republic. I discuss topics surrounding the meaning of life and experiencing death and grieving from a nonbelieving point-of-view.The book officially releases September 22nd and the paperback will be available some time afterward. The synopsis goes as such:Life is an amazing thing, f … [Read more...]

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Richard Dawkins talks about aliens and evolution in recent interview

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A Friend of the Danthropology blog and host of The Thinking Atheist podcast, Seth Andrews sat down with Richard Dawkins and the two discussed aliens, evolution and whether or not children are born scientists.The interview was conducted in Vancouver, Canada at the Imagine No Religion Conference. … [Read more...]

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