Daniel Dennett Withdraws from World Science Festival Due to Templeton Foundation Sponsorship

The World Science Festival takes place in New York City later this month and philosopher Daniel Dennett (below) will not be attending as scheduled.

His reason? The event (and specifically one of the sessions in which he was slated to participate) is sponsored in part by the John Templeton Foundation, an organization that frequently blurs the line between science and religion.

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On Real Time with Bill Maher, the Panelists Debated the Free Speech Aspect of Drawing Muhammad Cartoons

It was refreshing to hear Bill Maher and a couple of his Real Time panelists speak in defense of the Muhammad-drawing cartoonists last night:



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What Happens When Atheists Stop Being in the Minority?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses what happens when atheists are no longer a minority.



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A Closeted Atheist Pastor Is Finally Telling People His Secret and Sharing the Exchanges Online

There’s this pastor whose name I don’t know. He goes by “John.” I don’t know where he lives, either. All I know is that he’s an atheist now and he’s been writing about that secret on this website.

This week, he finally started coming out to some people close to him. Like his wife:

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Kids Stop Bully by Being Nice to Him. Somehow, God Gets All the Credit

How do you stop a grade-school bully?

Sure, you could just tell an adult about the problem, but if you realize the bully’s being “tough” as some sort of defense mechanism, you might just reach out to him. Show him that he matters to you. Extend a hand of friendship.

That’s basically what Phoenix and Kingston Walwyn did with the bully on their bus in Pasadena, Texas. They gave him a book one day… and he stopped calling them names. Success!

But because the book was a Bible, you know exactly how this is playing out…



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