Blasphemy Sentence Overturned Against Turkish Atheist

It was more than three years ago when Fazil Say (below), a pianist, composer, and atheist from Turkey, was charged with the crime of mocking Islam. It wasn’t that he drew a cartoon or made some public statement condemning Allah. Rather, he retweeted or told jokes poking fun at the religious — like one about a muezzin who delivered a call to prayer so quickly, it was as if he wanted to get away for a drink. Another joke said, “I am not sure if you have also realised it, but all the pricks, low-lives, buffoons, thieves, jesters, they are all Allahists. Is this a paradox?”

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Newborn Dies Following Botched Circumcision That Parents Didn’t Want in the First Place

In January of 2013, Ontario natives John Heydari and Homa Ahmadi gave birth to a little boy they named Ryan. He was perfectly healthy and the parents had no desire to circumcise him because they believed “mother nature created us the way she intended us to be.”

But their physician, going against the recommendation of the Canadian Pediatric Society, suggested the boy should be circumcised anyway. The unnecessary procedure was botched and the boy died three weeks after his birth due to blood loss.

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A Creationist’s Response to Bill Nye’s Climate Change Warnings

A couple of weeks ago, National Geographic‘s website posted a video of Bill Nye teaching us five things we needed to know about climate change:

Creationist Ken Ham and his crack research team have now released “rebuttals” to all his points. And they’re full of as much science as you’d expect.

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She Lost Her Newborn Daughter, but Please Don’t Comfort Her with Religion

Priscilla Blossom lost her daughter a mere 8 hours after birth. It’s a possibility that’s frightening for me on a personal level and I know many of you have had to deal with it in your own lives. As she and her husband dealt with their grief, what made things even worse were all the religious friends and family members who used religious language to comfort her:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 78: David Williamson, Secular Invocation Activist

Our latest podcast guest is David Williamson, founder and President of the Central Florida Freethought Community.

His group has been leading the way when it comes to getting atheists to give invocations at local government meetings.

I spoke with David about why secular invocations are so valuable, step by step instructions on what local activists can do to get on these invocation lists, and what atheists should say if they get the opportunity to speak in front of government officials.

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