Neil deGrasse Tyson is Taking the Moon with Him

If Neil deGrasse Tyson is going to host his own talk show, he needs to staff it with people who have worked in the medium before! So he went on Conan to do some poaching:

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After Satanists Planned to Give Away Coloring Books, Florida School Board Votes to End All Religious Distributions

In January of 2013, World Changers of Florida, Inc. held Bible distributions at a number of public high schools in Orange County, Florida. No student would be forced to take one, but there would be a table set up where interested students could take a copy if they wanted: This alone could have been illegal, [Read More…]

Can We Be Good Without God? The Evidence Points to Yes in So Many Ways

Brandon Fibbs wonders why we keep debating the foundation of morality and whether atheists can be good without God when the evidence in our favor is so overwhelming:

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Fox News Host Claims Nobody Was Killed Recently in the Name of any Religion but Islam; the Facts Say Otherwise

I have great news, folks. Christians don’t kill people in the name of their religion. They don’t, and they haven’t. Maybe ever. Certainly not recently. Hindus are in the clear, too: there have been zero instances of Hindus killing people in the name of Hinduism. Likewise for Buddhists, and Jews, and, well, everyone. There have been zero instances of religious killings from practitioners of any religion… except Islam.

At least, that is, according to Fox News’ Eric Bolling, who shared this beautiful revelation on Saturday while discussing President Obama‘s comments at the National Prayer Breakfast. The particular comments that provoked this informative segment were Obama’s remarks about Christianity’s own history with violence:

And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.

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Assorted Gods and Prophets, Now In Chocolate, Get the Faithful Riled Up. (Oh, And Guess Which One Is Missing.)


Small, edible chocolate busts of Charles DarwinH.L. Mencken, and Christopher Hitchens were recently on offer at a downtown Manhattan gourmet store, and several atheists voiced loud objections, demanding that the “intolerable insults” to their godlessness be removed from the store’s assortment.

Yeah, not really. I made that up. It didn’t happen.

But you can easily guess what did. Via the New York Times:

Is it O.K. to eat a chocolate statuette of your favorite holy figure? The matter arose recently at Bond Street Chocolate, a bite-size East Village boutique that traffics in intricately detailed [and gold-dusted] figurines of Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesh.

Last week, an organization called Universal Society of Hinduism issued a demand: “Upset Hindus urge withdrawal of Lord Ganesh-shaped edible chocolate,” read the society’s Feb. 1 news release. … In the release, the society’s president, Rajan Zed, wrote that Ganesh, the remover of obstacles, was “highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshiped in temples or home shrines and not to be eaten casually.” The chocolate statues, he wrote, were an insult to Hindus.

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