How Irresponsible Journalists Took Down a Scientist Without Gathering the Facts

If you’re not familiar with Nobel Prize-winning scientist Timothy Hunt, the fact that he won a Nobel Prize should tell you about his contributions to the field. Beyond that, though, he’s been a supporter of women in science, helping the European Research Council create a “gender-equity plan,” getting a day-care nursery installed the Okinawa Institute, and mentoring numerous female scientists along the way (all of whom, as far as I can tell, speak very highly of him).



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India’s Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Faith-Based Starvation in Jainism

A few weeks ago, I posted about a messed-up ritual in the Jain religion known as sallekhana (or santhara) where you starve yourself to death.



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Why Chick-fil-A Can Get Away with Bending Airport Rules

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses why Chick-fil-A can bend the rules at the airport.



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Revisiting the Tall Tales of Dr. Eben Alexander

Two years ago, Esquire‘s Luke Dittrich wrote a profile of Dr. Eben Alexander, the man who claimed to have visited Heaven while nearly dead, only to come back, write a book about it (Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife), and rake in the cash.

During the course of his reporting, Dittrich discovered that some of the most incredible moments in Alexander’s book could simply not have been true.

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Kentucky Newspaper Blasts Liberty Counsel (Again) for Defending Anti-Gay Christian Clerk

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a fantastic editorial in the Lexington Herald-Leader in response to Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because of her faith. The piece also called out Liberty Counsel, the Christian legal defense group that has her back for no good reason.

Now, the same paper has issued another editorial doubling-down on its criticism of the publicity-seeking Christian group:

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