Thailand’s New Prime Minister Believes in Feng Shui, Holy Water, and Black Magic

Prayuth Chan-ocha (below), the Thai army officer who led a military coup against the government earlier this year, handpicked his legislature, and was (surprise!) unanimously chosen by them to be the country’s new Prime Minister last month, isn’t exactly a great role model.

Stepping away from how he obtained office, his belief in superstitious bullshit makes U.S. politicians seem almost secular in comparison:

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“God Loves Gays” Billboard Goes Up Near Westboro Baptist Church

After raising more than $80,000 online, Facebook God finally had this billboard put up right next to Westboro Baptist Church — and it’ll be there through March:

The extra money will be used for bus ads and donations to the National Alliance to End Homelessness and The Trevor Project.

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You Have to Hear This Atheist’s Off-the-Cuff Speech Urging Missouri Officials to Reject “In God We Trust” Signs

A few weeks ago, I posted about how the members of the Ballwin Board of Aldermen in Missouri were thinking about putting up “In God We Trust” displays on all city-owned buildings. The Holy Infant Knights of Columbus had pledged $750 to make that happen.

During the “Citizen Comments” portion of the Board’s meeting last night, atheist Nikki Moungo felt compelled to speak. She didn’t have much prepared — just a few notes — but her off-the-cuff, impassioned plea for the aldermen to reconsider the idea was absolutely incredible to watch. The transcript is below. (You may need to turn up the volume on the video. I promise you it’s worth it.)

Moungo outed herself as an atheist to the crowd before explaining why she was fighting this battle on behalf of her children. And there was even a surprise at the end of her impromptu speech.

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The Problem with the Fine-Tuning Argument: An Excerpt from Victor Stenger’s Last Book God and the Multiverse

Before he suddenly died two weeks ago, Dr. Victor J. Stenger was cranking out large books every year, tackling topics both large (the universe) and small (atoms).

His final book (as far as we know) is officially released today. It’s called God and the Multiverse: Humanity’s Expanding View of the Cosmos and Stenger, as always, makes difficult concepts accessible to those of us without strong science backgrounds.

The excerpt below, reprinted with permission of Prometheus Books, explains and thoroughly dismantles the “fine-tuning argument.” (I’ve excluded footnotes.)

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A Guide to Better Prose

Reading a book about how to write sounds downright awful, but if Steven Pinker‘s the author, I’ll finish the whole thing the day it’s released like it’s a magical eighth Harry Potter book. The Sense of Style comes out at the end of the month and Pinker explains the premise in the video below:



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