Sam Harris Discusses His Beliefs with Cenk Uygur for Three Hours

Yesterday, Sam Harris sat down with The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur to discuss their philosophies, disagreements about Islam, and so much more. It’s a three-hour discussion, so it might be worth saving until the weekend.

(Fun fact: Harris says around the 10:00 mark: “I don’t want to stay here long.” Heh.)



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If Football Players Were Atheists, Every Postgame Interview Would Sound Like This

In an ideal world, credit would be given where it’s due



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9 Benefits of Leaving Your Religion

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses 9 benefits of leaving your religion. The video was inspired by Neil Carter‘s post here.



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Penn State Atheists Get “Stoned” with Water Balloons as a Fundraiser

Good news: The Penn State Atheist and Agnostic Association held a “Stone an Atheist” event in order to raise money to bring speakers to campus. If you’re unfamiliar with it, that’s where students can purchase water balloons to throw at group members a la Leviticus 24:14.

Bad news: It’s freakin’ October… *Brrr*



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New Zealand State School Offers Bible Classes Under the Guise of Values Education; Some Parents Protest

Who doesn’t like “values”? Values are what those of us with kids would probably most like to impart to them. But whose values?

That’s what Roy Warren, an Australian father, is asking a state school after his five-year-old son was subjected to a values curriculum. The teaching is, to say the least, a little one-sided.

The program is run by the Churches Education Commission, which acts on behalf of Christian churches to teach religious education in state schools. …

[Says Warren:] “I went through the 18 lessons and every one of them is about God. For 18 weeks these children are being told to believe in God. It’s evangelistic.”

Families can opt out of the program but Warren did not want to isolate his son. “I thought it was very unfair to take him away from his classmates and get him sitting by himself coloring in and making him feel ostracized,” he says. “And then have to explain to him he hasn’t been bad or naughty, but it’s just against what we believe in as a family.



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