Obama putting troops on the ground to combat Ebola outbreak

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President Obama today announced his plans to combat Ebola, something that he sees a National Security Issue.I want to cite former labor secretary Robert Reich here, who posted on Facebook: President Obama calls the Ebola epidemic in West Africa a “national security crisis” and is sending 3,000 military troops to Liberia, where the epidemic is spiraling fastest out of control. According to a senior White House official, “the U.S. military will bring unique capabilities,” establishing a milita … [Read more...]

Climate science is missing in the US educational system


In what seems like an uphill battle to tackle climate change in the United States we often look towards future generations who should be much more scientifically literate and are much more liberal in their politics, meaning they will not simply tow the party line and deny climate change, but accept the overwhelming amount of evidence that supports it.One troubling aspect of this though is the lack of education in climate change that is being taught from K-12 and even through college and … [Read more...]

Studies show spanking is harmful and it is time for the US to ban it

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I know very little about the case of an NFL player hitting their child, I have seen the photos in articles and it disgusts me that a grown person thinks it is ever okay to do that to a child, especially when you are the size of an NFL player. Not that ones size makes abuse any different, but to know you are a massive, strong person, and then unleash that strength upon a child, you are a vile human being.But leaving the NFL behind, and looking only at the action of spanking, what is one to … [Read more...]

Is new atheism dead and is it even a term worth saving?

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For the lack of a better term I consider myself a “new atheist”. Along the lines of those like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel C. Dennett  (The Four Horseman) for whom the term is originally coined. I am an outspoken atheist activist who speaks out against religion and believes it causes a great deal of harm in this world.I have a great deal of respect for all four of these men for their writing, speaking and activism, however it is not such a dogmatic respect tha … [Read more...]

No, evolution is not atheism’s creation myth


Every religion has a creation story, some way to explain how life came to be before anyone understood the natural explanation.All of these creation stories have been turned into myths when over 150 years ago Charles Darwin discovered natural selection and applied it to the idea that species have evolved from earlier species.Darwin’s idea was groundbreaking and with the discovery of genetics, heredity and DNA, his findings are confirmed evolution by natural selection is the accepted e … [Read more...]

Signed copies of Parenting Without God

I got a lot of requests for autographed copies of Parenting Without God and I am pleased to announce I am now taking orders for them. I have a shipment coming my way and I will be signing and shipping them out the second they arrive.If you are interested, click here and grab yourself a copy and I will get them to you as quickly as I can.If you want to learn more about the book you can read an excerpt on The Friendly Atheist, AlterNet, or check out these reviews at The Freethinker and … [Read more...]

Help The Ra-Men Podcast and Aron Ra spread science education around the US

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Aron Ra is on a mission. He sees a problem in the education system and he believes he has a solution. I think he is correct.From Aron’s Patreon page he says: I want to promote science specifically and education in general, and I've found that videos are the best way I can do that.  I can reach the grass roots audience I'm aiming for, and give them the edge in their next argument over science vs religious extremism. He explains all of this and why it is so important in this awesome in … [Read more...]

My evolving views on Islam, terrorism, and the Middle East

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After 9/11 I knew there was one thing to blame; Islam. The barbaric religion and the evilness of the Quran gave rise to extremism; it’s all there in writing. So let’s blame Islam and work to destroy it before they take over the world.Boy was I wrong. But I need to explain in better detail because I don’t fall so easily into the camps of the extremist position that Islam is to blame, but I also don’t fall so far into the left that I absolve them of any guilt or think we should avoid critici … [Read more...]

I wonder how this battleship sized dinosaur fit on the ark?

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One of the most massive beasts of all time has been discovered. Named Dreadnoughtus schrani, after a battleship of the same name. This should alert you to the size of this dinosaur.The Guardian has created this image to help illustrate its size:I wonder how Noah fit two of these on the ark? I will anxiously await Ken Ham’s reply.Check out this great video to learn more about the discovery: … [Read more...]

The United States has a lot to learn about teaching evolution from Britain


The US could take a hint from Britain and make the teaching of evolution mandatory in all public schools.A statement from the British Humanist Association states of the new British law: Today sees a new national curriculum in English schools come into force, and for the first time this includes a module on evolution in primary schools. The module on evolution and inheritance is part of the year six programme of study (ages 10-11). The British Humanist Association (BHA) has long campaigned f … [Read more...]