Thirty Meter Telescope Construction in Hawaii Postponed Because Opponents Want to Preserve “Sacred” Land

Construction on Hawaii’s Thirty Meter Telescope, which would have the ability to see 13 billion light-years away, is postponed for the time being because protesters believe it’s being built on “sacred” land:



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Global Survey Finds 63% of World’s Population is Religious, While 11% Are “Convinced Atheists”

A new survey just released by WIN Gallup International (no relation to Gallup, Inc.) says that 63% of people around the world are religious, while those who are “a convinced atheist” make up 11% of the global population. (Global, in this case, refers to the 65 countries from which they were able to acquire data.) Unlike most surveys that put atheists under a broader “non-religious” umbrella, this one actually separates us from the rest of the “Nones.”

The most faith-filled countries in the world, with more than 90% of the population describing themselves as religious, are Thailand, Armenia, and Bangladesh:



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Why Game of Thrones is Better Than the Bible

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses why Game of Thrones is better than the Bible.



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When It Comes to Children, Don’t Let Your Religious Beliefs Trump Modern Medicine

In his latest book, Bad Faith, Dr. Paul Offit explores the world of parents who trust God to heal their sick children — to the point where they don’t bother taking their kids to a doctor — even when the consequences can be fatal.



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Australian Government: If You Don’t Vaccinate Your Kids, We Won’t Give You Child Care Payments

Prime Minister Tony Abbott (below) says he plans to close the loophole that allows anti-vaccination parents to receive child care subsidies from the government. Considering Abbott’s reputation for being anti-science and pro-religion, this is a surprising (but welcome) move.



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