Ferguson is not about police militarization, it is about racism

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I am going to go ahead and agree with Josh Marshall over at Talking Points Memo (TPM) and say that Ferguson is not about police militarization it is about racism.That does not mean that police militarization is not a problem, it clearly is and it clearly played a role in escalating the situation in Ferguson, but it is not the cause of the events that took place.Racism however is. Another young African-American gunned down, unarmed and for no apparent reason, when upset citizens took the … [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins: The moderate religious open the door to extremism

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In a previous post I did about Richard Dawkins and not being worried about how idiots feel about him, I made mention of Dawkins’ view towards the moderate religious and their enabling of extremism.“It’s very important that we should not demonize ordinary, law-abiding, very decent Muslims which of course is the vast majority in this country,” Dawkins told a crowd at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in the U.K. on Wednesday.He continued by saying, “What I do think about the differe … [Read more...]

D-List celebrity starts his own cult (Video)


Do we need anymore proof that religion is made up nonsense than actually witnessing the creation of yet another religion?This time, actor Andrew Keegan, you know him as the D-List celebrity from the hit 10 Things I Hate About You has started his own cult, I mean religion.Telling Vice: “I had a moment where I was looking at a street lamp and it exploded. That was a weird coincidence,” he said. “At a ceremony, a heart-shaped rose quartz crystal was on the altar, and synchronistically, this … [Read more...]

Ferguson police begin smear campaign against Michael Brown

Ferguson police have decided their tactic, and that is to blame the victim.Released today are alleged photos of the victim Michael Brown in what police are calling a “strong-arm robbery” meaning they robbed a convenience store without the use of a weapon.The photos shown here in a Tweet from Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post: Stills from camera pic.twitter.com/FEcmKc3oGr— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 15, 2014 However, even if the allegations are true and Brown is guilty of … [Read more...]

The Thinking Atheist: Parenting Without God

 This is the audio of my appearance yesterday on The Thinking Atheist where we discussed my upcoming book Parenting Without God and took answers from listeners about issues they face when raising kids in a secular household.Have a listen and I hope you enjoy!Also, if you want to be notified when my book is available in stores, head over here and sign up for an email alert! … [Read more...]

With violence in decline, why do American police look like occupying forces?

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In light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri this week after the killing of an unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown and the protests that followed, there is an alarming awareness of the new militarized police force the US has adopted.What makes this so outstanding is as violence in the US drops, the police force becomes more militarized, as summed up in this quote from CJ Werleman in his book Crucifying America: The rapid growth of battlefield-styled police forces is even … [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins doesn’t mind being hated by idiots

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Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Wednesday, Richard Dawkins discussed his brief infatuation with religion as a young boy saying: “I was briefly seduced by it and took it all in and would pray very vigorously every night,” adding that he had fantasy visions of angels and white light, but continued, “I never tried the experiment. I shall never know if it might have happened.” Of course now Dawkins is one of the most famous atheists on the planet and his criticisms of relig … [Read more...]

The dishonesty continues from Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis


As discussed in a previous post, Ken Ham has denied that the Ark Encounter is hiring any employees, yet lists a job on the Answers in Genesis (AiG) website for an Ark Encounter Position. I mentioned this to him on Twitter, but of course he simply denied. @danarel This is an Answers in Genesis position not Ark Encounter— Ken Ham (@aigkenham) August 11, 2014What it appears is happening here is that AiG is hiring employees for their non-profit and having them work on … [Read more...]

Did the New York Times ask a female scientist about marital status instead of science?

In an episode last month of Star Talk Radio host Neil deGrasse Tyson was speaking to Carolyn Porco, the head of the imaging team for the Cassini mission to Saturn, about a interview she did with the New York Times: “[The reporter] submits it to her editors and they come back and say, ‘Find out why Porco’s not married,’” she told Tyson, “I said to her, ‘See? I told you so. I knew this kind of thing was going to happen,’ because I knew they would be very sexist.” The article, which ran in 1999, w … [Read more...]

Pro-life group blames abortion on Robin Williams suicide


I really didn’t want to do another post about Robin Williams, I think a lot has been written about him that doesn’t need to be said again, but there is something else going on that I find absolutely disgusting.The religious right is attempting to pin any “liberal” agenda issue on Williams suicide, and I am not even talking about the idiocy that came out of Rush Limbaugh’s mouth yesterday.The pro-life site Life News published a piece on Tuesday titled, "Robin Williams: Abortion of His Unbo … [Read more...]