What Does It Really Mean for Women to be ‘Free & Equal’? A Talk by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali recently spoke at the Sydney Opera House-hosted All About Women conference about how everyone ought to condemn cultural practices such as honor killings, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation:

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A Rap Battle Between Charles Darwin and Kirk Cameron

Kirk Cameron‘s gone bananas!

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A Debate on Atheism vs. Theism, Featuring Dave Silverman and Frank Turek

On Thursday night, American Atheists’ Dave Silverman debated Christian apologist Dr. Frank Turek at the Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. The topic: “What Better Explains Reality? Theism or Atheism?”

The debate begins at the 10:48 mark below:

I haven’t had a chance to watch the entire debate yet, only the opening statements, but both presenters are incredibly good speakers so the debate is very watchable, which is more than I can say about a lot of debates I’ve seen.

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Christian Pastor: Feminists Really Just Want a Man to Put Them in Their Place

I was going to stop watching sermons by our friend Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona. But then I saw that the subject of his most recent talk was 1 Corinthians 14… and that’s the part of the Bible that includes this verse:

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.

And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

And since Anderson isn’t exactly known for his appreciation of women, I had to listen. And transcribe. And share with all of you because I know how much you love it.

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Just Because TED Doesn’t Promote Pseudoscience Doesn’t Mean They’re Censoring Deepak Chopra

The TED talks you see online tend to be pretty awesome. But that’s partially because we only get to see a small fraction of all the talks given at TED and TEDx conferences. Most of the talks never appear online because the content is curated and filtered. Anyone who has seen TED talks knows that they’re about spreading interesting ideas and starting fascinating conversations, even if you strongly disagree with what’s being said. As content providers, the TED staff isn’t opposed to controversy — nothing generates better discussion than a controversial topic — but the staff is also aware that they can’t post talks that are based in bullshit.

A few months ago, a letter was sent out to the TEDx community informing them of the guidelines they should use when selecting speakers. Among them: Don’t invite people who use bad science or pseudoscience in their talks.

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