Israeli Home of Prominent Atheist Leader Vandalized in Apparent Hate Crime

The home of a prominent atheist professor in Jerusalem was vandalized this morning. The apparent hate crime was committed, it seems, by religious zealots who want to stop him from destroying the faith of the Israeli people.

Professor Yaakov Malkin is a leader of Tmura, the Israeli affiliate of the International Institute for Humanistic Secular Judaism. He’s been a secular activist for the past 50 years, and an organizational leader for the past 20. His group trains Secular Humanistic rabbis to serve the many, many Jewish people who don’t identify primarily as religious.

Malkin’s home was defaced with Bible-verse graffiti, a knife, and a threatening note:


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Hollywood “Medium” Tyler Henry, Whose Show Premieres Sunday, Wants to Specialize in Suicide Victims

This Sunday, E! will premiere a new show about a “psychic” who helps Hollywood stars get in touch with their dead relatives. (Because why lie to gullible strangers when you can lie to gullible celebrities?)

But to make the charade work, you need someone young, attractive, and fully convinced of his own “gift.”

That someone is 20-year-old Tyler Henry, who’s already getting the Dr. Phil treatment:


Susan Gerbic, at Skeptical Inquirer, is especially frustrated that Henry plans to specialize (my word, not his) in suicides:

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Richard Dawkins Foundation to Merge with Center For Inquiry; RDF President Robyn Blumner Named CEO

Back in March, the Center For Inquiry’s CEO Ron Lindsay announced that he’d be retiring at the end of the year, voluntarily stepping down as head of one of the largest Humanist organizations in the world. There was no hint of who would take his place or what big changes would occur after he left.

But that’s changing today. CFI just announced that it will be merging with the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science at the end of the month. Current RDF President Robyn Blumner (below) will become CEO of the newly combined group, which will retain the CFI name.


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Sarah Palin Blames President Obama for Her Son’s Domestic Violence Arrest

Maybe the most infuriating thing about Sarah Palin is her inability to accept personal responsibility for anything. Her “team” can never do anything wrong. The fault always rests with the “liberal media” or the “Washington elite.” But that’s not all.

When she got a speeding ticket, she blamed Sammy Hagar.

When there was an oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, she blamed “extreme” environmentalists.

When “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson was suspended from his show for saying homosexuality led to bestiality, Palin blamed “intolerants.”

And yesterday, when talking about how her son Track was arrested for allegedly “[punching] his girlfriend in the eye, [kicking] her in the knee and then [holding] an AR-15 assault rifle near his head,” Palin knew exactly who to blame: President Obama.


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Thing You Say When You’re a Skeptic

Are you the token skeptic in your group of friends?

Then this will all sound very familiar to you…


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