Monty Python’s John Cleese says comedy can’t exist with political correctness

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My favorite comedic actor of all time happens to be Monty Python's John Cleese. His body of comedic work is absolutely amazing. From Python to Fawlty Towers, A Fish Called Wanda, and Fierce Creatures.There is one important thing about Cleese's comedy. It's not politically correct, because as he argues in a recent Big Think video; comedy cannot exist if everyone has to be politically correct and is afraid to offend someone."Sometimes when people are offended they want — you can just come i … [Read more...]

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Richard Dawkins responds to conference that uninvited him after sexist charge

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As I reported earlier today, the Northeast Conference of Science and Skepticism has pulled their invitation to Richard Dawkins after he shared a sexist, violence endorsing video on Twitter Wednesday morning.After learning about the conference pulling their invitation, Dawkins said in an email to the Friendly Atheist's Hemant Mehta: I woke up this morning to see a public announcement that my invitation to speak at NECSS 2016 had been withdrawn by the executive committee. I do not write this … [Read more...]

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Richard Dawkins uninvited from skeptic conference after sharing sexist video

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I only caught the tail of this today as I saw biologist Richard Dawkins apologizing for sharing a video that he did not notice called for violence against women.After Dawkins shared the now deleted tweet many people started tweeting to him shocked he would share such a horrible video and Dawkins seemed honestly shocked that he had done so. A case of sharing something he thought was likely innocent but didn't actually watch the video.This is certainly no excuse and people are responsible … [Read more...]

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Center for Inquiry and Richard Dawkins Foundation merge into one organization

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I woke up today to one of the biggest announcements in the secular community since Secular Coalition announced their new Christian executive director, and that is Center for Inquiry (CFI) and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (RDF) have merged.The new entity will be called Center for Inquiry and RDF will exist as a division of CFI. RDF CEO and President Robyn Blumner will take over as CFI's CEO, replacing the longtime Ronald Linsday, who will stay on board as president … [Read more...]

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Secular Coalition’s new Executive Director discusses his religion and secularism

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When Sean Faircloth left his position as Executive Director at the Secular Coalition to head to the Richard Dawkins Foundation a huge void was left. Faircloth was a seasoned politician and a relentless fighter for secularism.His replacement, Edwina Rogers, a seasoned lobbyist, seemed to be a great choice given her experience in Washington. Except for one thing, Rogers was a lifelong Republican and had worked for many anti-secular politicians in her career.Being a Republican should in no … [Read more...]

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Uproar Against Dawkins Is Sign of New Atheism Retrogression

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(Images: Twitter Screenshot, and Wikipedia Commons) Once again, Dawkins is facing scrutiny online. This time, however, it is not for a badly interpreted Tweet or a potentially off-color remark. It is, unbelievably, for behaving precisely as atheists have justifiably been behaving for some time. In an interview with Emad Ahmed of The New Statesmen, it is reported that:The furious academic walked out of an interview when a Muslim journalist confirmed he personally believed the prophet … [Read more...]

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Identity Politics: Tribalism or Solidarity?

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(Images: Screenshots from respective Twitter and Facebook accounts) I sat down to fill out my PhD applications recently and--from a university I shall not name--was confronted by a question asking me to elaborate on the challenges I've faced in my life due to what might be called my identity politics; those facets of myself that distance me from the hegemonic traits of the common American man. And while it is true that I do not in exactitude fit the socially quadratic definition of: white, … [Read more...]

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Pew Research finds that 8 percent of atheists believe in God

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A recent study says that 8% of atheists believe in God. How can that be?Pew Research released a study a few weeks ago that showed the rise in the non-religious, but there was a strange data point in the data about atheists. It said that some of them believe in God.Now, Pew has released a “7 Facts About Atheists” post which is pretty interesting about the growing numbers, their acceptance or rejection of religious roles in people’s lives, but there is one “fact” they point to that cannot … [Read more...]

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Richard Dawkins says Ben Carson is a ‘disgrace’ as a doctor for promoting creationism

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For the second time in two weeks, biologist Richard Dawkins took to American media to blast Republican presidential candidates for not accepting the theory of evolution.“This fills me with despair,” Dawkins explained to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. “This is not something you believe in or not. I mean, this is a fact. It is a fact. It’s just as much of a fact as the Earth goes around the Sun. You can’t not believe it unless you’re ignorant.”Dawkins added that he didn’t believe all Republicans wer … [Read more...]

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Young earth creationist Ken Ham claims Richard Dawkins has a closed mind

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Creationist Ken Ham has taken issue with a comment that evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has made regarding presidential candidates being creationists, calling them “disgraceful,” but he is also very upset that Dawkins said he is open to the idea of god, as long as someone can show him the evidence.Ham writes: During the interview, Dawkins was asked “whether the atheist leader would ever change his mind about God, he said that he’s open to the idea. ‘Just show me some evidence and I’ll … [Read more...]

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