Atheists Support Recovery Efforts in the Philippines After Super Typhoon Haiyan

As we speak, the people of the Philippines are suffering the after-effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

A day after Super Typhoon Haiyan roared into the Philippines, officials predicted that the death toll could reach 1,200 or more.

“We estimate 1,000 people were killed in Tacloban and 200 in Samar province,” Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, said of two coastal areas where Haiyan hit first as it began its march Friday across the archipelago.

That’s just what we know right now. The devastation by the time you read this is likely much, much higher. It has been described as the most powerful storm in recorded history and we need to take action immediately to help those who are struggling in its wake.

The Foundation Beyond Belief is asking atheists (and anyone else who would like to join us) to help with the relief efforts:

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Daniel Moran is Running for Texas State Representative… As An Open Atheist

Back in August, Dr. Michael Burgess (R-TX) — the guy who believes fetuses can masturbate — set up a town hall meeting and a college student confronted him about the two times he voted to deny non-religious people like Jason Heap from joining the military chaplaincy.

That young man was Daniel Moran:

In their exchange, Burgess completely laughed off the idea of atheist chaplains, calling it a “dumb idea”:

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Sarah Palin: ‘An Angry Atheist with a Lawyer is One of the Most Powerful Persons in America’

In the past month, I’ve sent three separate emails to the company that’s publishing Sarah Palin‘s upcoming book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas hoping to get a preview copy. No one’s written back to me yet, not even to say, “Not a chance in Hell.” (I guess being on the same blog network as Palin’ daughter Bristol earned me no goodwill.)

But New York Magazine got ahold of the audiobook in advance of Tuesday’s book release and they posted a few choice excerpts, revealing to everyone what we already knew. Palin is like a lazy undergrad: Incapable of doing the slightest bit of research, fully confident in her overblown rhetoric, and unable to experience reality:



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A Science Stocking!

I don’t care if atheists aren’t supposed to celebrate Christmas. I’m getting this, anyway:

(via The Morning Heresy)

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Debunking the Viral ‘Miss Ping’ Video

Last month, an incredible video of a man hitting some knives right into the ping-pong paddles of his partner began going viral on YouTube:

Now, Captain Disillusion, the true skeptic that he is, debunks the whole thing, showing us exactly how it was done:

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