The History of Japan. In Nine Minutes. Sorta.

I don’t know what I just watched. But I’m pretty sure I now know everything there is to know about the history of Japan. Minus some stuff. Religion makes an appearance at the 0:51 mark: Don’t do drugs, kids. (via Vox) [Read more...]

Watch Matt Dillahunty Explain the Story of Abraham and Isaac

In the latest video for his Atheist Debates project, Matt Dillahunty discusses the messed up story of Abraham and Isaac:

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For Second Straight Year, Delaware Governor Issues Darwin Day Proclamation

Delaware Governor Jack Markell has once again issued a proclamation in honor of Darwin Day, recognize the accomplishments of Charles Darwin:

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Colorado School Says No to Personalized Messages on Nameplates After Donor Requests Bible Verses

When people make a large donation to a university, they sometimes receive the opportunity to put their name on a building. On a smaller scale, too, schools will tell donors that if they make a certain-size donation, they’ll get to choose the inscription that goes on a brick (or something similar). This is all perfectly fine… until the school forgets there are limits to what can be inscribed.

Last year, at the University of Florida in Gainesville, a donor requested that a particular archway include a Bible verse. Because that promoted Christianity, the Freedom From Religion Foundation asked that it be taken down. The school ultimately decided to include an atheist inscription (and two other neutral ones), putting an end to the problem.

We’re now seeing a similar story play out at the Colorado School of Mines.

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The Relationship Between Atheism and Suicide is More Nuanced Than These Christians Think

On the show Christian Today, Eric Hovind and Paul F. Taylor recently posed a question to atheists: Absent Christianity, why is suicide a bad thing?

The pair made the case that Christianity is what fostered the idea that suicide was wrong to begin with, citing everything from ancient Roman times to the Synod of 425 AD to prove their case. They seem to believe that all atheists embrace the idea that suicide is a legitimate, acceptable way to exit life, because our godlessness means we have no reason to value it.

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