Leonard Nimoy Redux: Mr. Spock Is Now Shown On Canadian Currency (via Pens and Sharpies Only)

Canadian Star Trek fans are not about to pass up an opportunity to honor Leonard Nimoy, a.k.a. Mr. Spock, who died on Friday.

His death sparked various memes worldwide including a group of Canadians who began “spocking” their five dollar bills. “Spocking” [means] drawing over the official image of former Canadian Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier. The Laurier image is being defaced with Spock’s signature bowl hairstyle, pointed Vulcan ears, and upslanted eyebrows.

Before:

And after:

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Seven More Atheist Billboards Are Up in Chicago

Last December, the Chicago chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation put up 11 billboards throughout the city featuring local atheists (including myself). Three more billboards, featuring groups of people, went up in January.

And now there are seven more billboards showcasing proud local atheists:



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No, Time Magazine Did Not Publish a Cover Calling Craig Stephen Hicks “The Face of American Terror”

I’ve seen an image doing the rounds on social media that is not what it seems. Some of the commenters at Friendly Atheist were also more or less snookered by it, following its inclusion in a YouTube video by the abominable Gordon Klingenschmitt that Hemant featured in a post yesterday. So let’s set the record straight.

No, Time magazine did not come out with a cover that calls Craig Stephen Hicks, the killer of three Muslims in Chapel Hill, “The Face of American Terror.”



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Prison Proves That People “Absolutely” Choose to Be Gay, Says GOP Presidential Contender Ben Carson

On CNN today, Chris Cuomo asked his interviewee, neurosurgeon and Tea Party hero Dr. Ben Carson, to explain his opposition to same-sex marriage. (You know Carson’s sentiments aren’t going to be pretty, given that the possible GOP presidential candidate cracked an odd joke recently about bakers poisoning gay couples’ wedding cakes.)

When pressed by Cuomo, Carson denied that there is a civil-rights issue here, rejecting any equivalence between the struggles of African Americans and those of gay people.



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Turkish Court Blocks Website of Atheist Group for “Provoking… Hate and Enmity”

It was almost a year ago that the first physical building dedicated to atheism opened up in Turkey:

But if you try to visit their website in the country, you’re out of luck. A court order has now blocked it:

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