Video: Dawkins and Krauss say parents should not have the right to block a child’s education

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In an interview with The Irish Times, Richard Dawkins said that when it comes to education that “the balance has swung too far towards parents.” “And children do need to be protected so that they can have a proper education, and not be indoctrinated in whatever religion their parents happen to be brought up in,” he declared. Physicist and author Lawrence Krauss, founder of Arizona State University’s Origins Project who was in Dublin with Dawkins, added that state education had to be held to dif … [Read more...]

New Atheism has nothing to be sorry for

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There seems to be a new breed of atheism going around that feels honey is their best tool for catching fools. Atheist apologists aren't of themselves a novel thing, but there can be detected within the community a violent backpedaling from the New Atheism that was made so popular by rightfully-vitriolic writers like Hitchens and Harris. The evidence of this mentality can be seen in the words and support of people like Glenn Greenwald and Reza Aslan. But these people and others have gone one … [Read more...]

What Is Atheism (and, by extension, New Atheism)?

Last week, the tragedy of Chapel Hill shocked the nation (or, at least, it did once major news networks got around to reporting it). Because of some of the details on this situation, namely that the victims were Muslim and the perpetrator was an atheist, believers and heathens alike flocked to their computers, radios, and television sets to both listen to the opinions of others and offer some of their own. I am of the latter on this, and my piece here on Patheos: Atheism Did Not Kill Three Young … [Read more...]

The new-atheist blame game has begun


Unfortunately it didn’t take long for “new atheists” to be at the forefront of blame for the Chapel Hill shooting that is making headline news this morning.At this time we don’t know much about motivations, and as my fellow Danthropology blogger has pointed out, one thing we know for sure is, atheism itself is not to blame, and by simply blaming it, we do a disservice to the victims of this tragedy.This has done little however to stop tweets from some anti-new-atheist writers to head righ … [Read more...]

Nye vs Ham is one-year old and Ken Ham still thinks he won

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This week marks 1-year since the infamous Bill Nye vs Ken Ham, evolution vs. creationism debate and to celebrate Ken has posted a video of his friend interviewing him about the debate, so you know it's totally unbiased!In the article accompanying the video, Dr. Georgia Purdom has some thoughts about how the debate went down, In particular Bill Nye—to this day—refuses to acknowledge the distinction between historical science and observational science. As a scientist, I found Nye’s arguments t … [Read more...]

Christian fundamentalists send Richard Dawkins some love letters

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Christian's say the darndest things.Below is a video posted by the Richard Dawkins Foundation in which Dawkins reads emails sent him by his loving admirers. … [Read more...]

My journey to understand Islamic extremism in a maze of ideological battles

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A few months ago I wrote a blog called, My evolving views on Islam, terrorism, and the Middle East in which I discussed how my views on Islam had shifted over time from “blame religion” to “blame politics” but I never fully jumped over to the Glenn Greenwald and Reza Aslan camp of letting Islam off the hook. Though many accused me of doing just that.I invite you to read the original post linked above, and below is partly that same piece but now modified even further to reflect the ever ev … [Read more...]

Tomb of Jesus?

In a recent article from Huffington Post, it appears that the burial place of Jesus, and his family, was discovered. Setting aside criticisms of whether Jesus existed or not, let us take a look at the claims.The find, an ossuary in a family tomb in Jerusalem dating to the first century CE, has an image of a large fish with a stick figure man in his mouth. It also has a four line Greek inscription that states Yahweh will "raise up" someone. And the name "Jesus", or an abbreviated version … [Read more...]

Both Salon and The Blaze would rather attack Richard Dawkins than discuss Islam

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Cowards. That is the best word I have right now to describe both Salon and The Blaze who both published pieces today about the terrible terrorist attack in Paris, France at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in which twelve people were murdered over cartoons depicting Mohammad, that did nothing to mention the atrocities, but instead attacked Richard Dawkins for daring to blame Islam for the actions of Islamic extremists.I have never been shy of blaming US and other country's foreign policy for … [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins: ‘We need an anti-Darwinian society’

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At a  recent event at Kennesaw State University, Richard Dawkins was asked about things like the men's right's movement, of which he seemed surprised to hear such a thing existed, but he was also asked about his support for same-sex marriage even though it violated the evolutionary principle.He answered, “I don’t care what’s against the evolution principle. I’m all for going against the evolution principle.” This answer is important because many religious leaders claim atheists, "evolutioni … [Read more...]