Liveblogging TAM2013: Sunday Morning Sessions

Last night’s keynote by James Randi was wonderful, the magic show was a blast, I lost spectacularly at poker to a guy who had a pamphlet that said “Texas Hold ‘Em For Beginners” sticking out of his breast pocket and proceeded to hang out at a bar with a magician. So, I guess what I’m [Read More...]

The Atheist Charity That Has Raised Over $1,000,000 in Contributions

All of us at Foundation Beyond Belief have been anxiously awaiting this milestone for some time now and it’s finally happened: Three and a half years after starting the organization, atheist donors have given over $1,000,000 to worthy causes!

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Canadian Parliament Seeks to Declare April 2nd ‘Pope John Paul II Day’

Nine times out of ten, the religious shenanigans that take place in the United States make Canadian non-theists look across the border, skeptical eyebrows cocked, and say, “For real, you guys?”

But every now and again, there will be a religious brouhaha here in Canada that keeps us Canucks aware of the need for vigilance against the encroachment of religion into governance.

Here’s an example:

Our House of Commons recently passed a bill declaring April 2 “Pope John Paul II Day.” (The date was chosen based on the anniversary of the pontiff’s death in 2005, and not for its proximity to April Fools’ Day.) It’s no joke; Canada’s parliament is serious about honoring this longtime leader of the Catholic Church.

The bill received support from all parties, with only 42 Members of Parliament voting against it, compared to 217 for it. (All 42 opponents were members of the New Democratic Party; you may wish to remember that come election time.) The bill was proposed by Wladislaw Lizon, MP for Mississauga East-Cooksville, who argued that the bill was not religious in nature, but aimed at recognizing all the good acts of the late pontiff:

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What’s the Deal with Agnosticism?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series discusses Agnosticism (without getting overly philosophical):

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George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty; Believed It Was ‘God’s Plan’ For Him To Kill Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty of the manslaughter of Trayvon Martin earlier tonight, said in an 2012 interview with Sean Hannity that killing Trayvon was part of God’s plan. He’s not going to argue with the Big Guy – and, apparently, neither did the jury:

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