Richard Dawkins at Protest the Pope Rally

***Update***: Dawkins’ full speech can be read here. … Richard Dawkins spoke at the “Protest the Pope” rally the other day. He spends quite a bit of time explaining (and debunking) that whole “Hitler was an atheist” claim. My friend Josh Kutchinsky passes along the video: “Joseph Ratzinger is an enemy of humanity. He is [Read More...]

More Responses to the Pope’s Tour

There are some peaceful protesters making the Pope feel welcome in the UK. Protest organizer Mike Williamson, of campaign group “Protest the Pope,” told CNN: “It’s inappropriate to offer a state visit for many reasons. One is the Church pedophile scandal. “Another is because of the pope’s comments about condoms helping to spread HIV and [Read More...]

From Muslim Prayer to Moment of Silence to More Controversy

In Connecticut, the Hartford City Council wanted local Muslim imams to deliver invocations during two of their meetings… it’s September and this was an attempt to reach out to that community. The decision went over very well: … it brought on a slew of hateful emails and phone calls. Amid the public outcry, the council [Read More...]

Bill Maher on Koran Burning and the Mosque

Bill Maher, who just received a star on the Walk of Fame, had great segments on The Tonight Show and Larry King Live this week. He spoke about Koran burning, the (close to) Ground Zero Mosque (and community Center), and religion in general: The new season of Real Time with Bill Maher starts up Friday. [Read More...]

Just Say Nope to the Pope

The Pope is making a state visit to the UK this week. He has already made his presence known to atheists, when he compared us to Nazis. Jesse has more on that later today. But before that, his visit itself prompted a number of Britons to write this open letter to him: We, the undersigned, [Read More...]