Slate Mischaracterizes Non-Religious Billionaires in Its ‘Exclusive Circles’ Animation

Ben Blatt and Nicholas Duchesne of Slate put together an animation showing the various characteristics of the world’s richest people — their ages, genders, sources of wealth, etc.

So you know I had to click on the “Religion” tab:

Only two Agnostics? Really?

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How Atheists Can Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses How atheists can help victims of Typhoon Haiyan:

A quick note: After Foundation Beyond Belief quickly raised $50,000 for Citizens’ Disaster Response Center, we realized there was also a strong need for medical and search-and-rescue missions in the area, so we decided to send all additional donations to Team Rubicon, “an outstanding organization of military veterans repurposing their skills for disaster relief.” Therefore, all crisis donations through FBB will be sent to them.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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PZ Myers Has This Problem With My Post About the Terrorist Who Lost His Head

I’m receiving a bit of a drubbing on Pharyngula today, due to my post about Mohammad Fares, an Islamist warrior in Syria who accidentally had his head cut off the other week by an allied band of terrorist rebels. The noggin-choppin’ fundies thought they had caught a pro-government fighter.

I wrote:

Indiscriminate cruelty and slaughter has long been a way of life for these types. I guess I’m supposed to be sad when it becomes a way of death for them too, but for once I’ll nod along in agreement with Jesus, who is said to have stated the inevitability of violence begetting violence pretty succinctly: “He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword.”

Mohammed Fares was another Islamist boil on the ass of humanity. It’s an unpleasant procedure, but boils need to be lanced. Or beheaded — same thing.

PZ Myers is displeased:

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Ask An Atheist Panel at Elmhurst College

The Secular Student Alliance of Elmhurst College (in Illinois) is hosting an open-to-the-public Ask An Atheist panel this Thursday evening at 5:00p and I’ll be joining them to answer questions. If you can make it, all the info is right here!



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Should These Tennessee Campus Guards Have Been Protecting the Freelance Preacher … or the Paying Students?

Last Thursday, a student at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga found himself forced to the ground by four security officers for attempting to verbally engage a fire-and-brimstone campus preacher who is an outsider — not a student or a faculty member.

Angela Cummings, who’s been preaching for a dozen years, had been showing up at the campus for weeks, loudly calling the students “adulterers and adulteresses” (an odd charge to level at people who are, for the most part, unmarried). “Are you a child of God or a child of the devil?” she demanded to know.

Student Cole Philip Montalvo, who was riding a bicycle, was violently taken down and pepper-sprayed when he breached, by about a bike-length, a wide orange-coned circle on campus. The altercation happened after he addressed Cummings by advising her:

Hey ma’am? If you’re trying to spread the good word, maybe you shouldn’t be telling everyone that they’re sinners, and maybe you shouldn’t be yelling at everyone.

Here’s the video of the preacher’s (and the guards’) handiwork. The incident starts at 7:18.



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