This Guy Has a Good Reason to be Anti-Circumcision

This one’s not for the squeamish.

Here’s the short version of the story: Decades ago, in Montreal, an 8-year-old boy was accused of masturbating (?!?)… so a priest at his church-run boarding school grabbed him one night, took him to another room to see a mohel, and had the boy forcibly circumcised. “No anaesthetic, no disinfectant, no nothing.”

Paul Tinari has been an “intactivist” — arguing against circumcision — ever since, and Vice‘s Dave Dean interviewed him:

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Why Are You a Humanist?

The American Humanist Association’s “I’m a Humanist Because…” Tumblr has some great images:

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The Most Appropriate Church Sign You’ll See All Day

Reader Angela‘s family was visiting Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West, Florida when they came across a rundown chapel with the most appropriate warning sign you’ll see all day:

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James Watson Speaks About the ‘Beautiful Truth’ of DNA

James Watson is the Nobel Prize winning scientist who (with Francis Crick) discovered the structure of DNA in 1953. He recently filmed a segment for Chris Johnson‘s multimedia book about atheists and what gives them joy and meaning in life,

Watson is no stranger to controversial statements, but in the segment below, he speaks about DNA as a “beautiful truth” and how it didn’t quite upend religion as Crick thought it would:

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History Curriculum Backed by Bill Gates is Criticized by Creationists for Teaching Accurate History

Bill Gates is one of the forces behind the Big History Project, a free online course spearheaded by historian David Christian that takes high school students through the history of the universe:

By sharing “the big picture” and challenging students to explore the relationship between key events over time, big history ultimately helps young people develop key critical thinking skills and the ability to better synthesize and apply complex information. These are skills vital not only to more advanced, discipline-specific work in the sciences and humanities, but also to help students understand and evaluate individual and collective impact — and potential.

I haven’t gone into the curriculum in depth, but it sounds like a great way to educate students. And the more free, quality resources that there out there, the better.

So guess who’s upset about this project?

Creationist Ken Ham.

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