Marlo Thomas tells Today Show: ‘It’s not a miracle, it’s science’

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Giving credit where credit is due: Marlo Thomas corrects Today Show host by explaining that boy’s cancer cure was not the result of a miracle, but science.On Wednesday’s edition of the Today Show, Marlo Thomas made an appearance with Colin Hayward Toland and his family to discuss how they discovered Colin had a brain tumor at two years old, and how after an emotional recovery, he is now cancer-free after receiving treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.Introducing the live seg … [Read more...]

Maryland elected official declines to swear oath on Bible

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Secular hero: When newly elected city council member Jessica Fitzwater takes her official oath of office, it will not be on the Bible.Fitzwater just won a seat on the Frederick County Council in Maryland, and says she is thinking of taking the official oath of office on the Frederick County charter or some other government document that will represent her commitment to public service.According to The Frederick News-Post, Fitzwater said: “I think it’s more appropriate to swear my oath on … [Read more...]

Turkish President claims women are not equal to men

Islam means misogyny: Claiming “Our religion has given women a station: the station of motherhood,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declares men and women cannot be equal.Speaking at a meeting in Istanbul on women and justice, Erdogan offended all reasonable people after arguing that women are not equal to men because men and women are created differently. As a result, according to Erdogan, women cannot be expected to undertake the same work as men.Erdogan, a devout Muslim, often c … [Read more...]

Atheism and the necessity of anti-theism for social justice

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Seeking freedom from the tyranny of religious superstition, the atheist and the anti-theist are always on the front line in the fight for social justice and cultural transformation.In a recent article for Salon, Reza Aslan, religious scholar, Muslim apologist, and Defender of Christ, accuses Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and other “New Atheists” of being anti-theists, as if being an anti-theist is a bad thing. It is not.In fact, wherever there has been substantial moral progress one will f … [Read more...]

Texas approves textbooks with Moses as Founding Father

Christian conservatives win, children lose: Texas textbooks will teach public school students that the Founding Fathers based the Constitution on the Bible, and the American system of democracy was inspired by Moses.On Friday the Republican-controlled Texas State Board of Education voted along party lines 10-5 to approve the biased and inaccurate textbooks. The vote signals a victory for Christian conservatives in Texas, and a disappointing defeat for historical accuracy and the education of … [Read more...]

Duggars face public backlash for LGBTQ ‘fear mongering’

Quiverfull of hate: The prodigious baby-making Duggars are in trouble after describing LGBT people as “child predators” and expressing other ugly sentiments motivated by their Christian extremism.Over a 100,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for the cancellation of the Duggars’ TLC series "19 Kids and Counting" after the reality stars expressed discriminatory sentiments against the LGBT community.According to Huffington Post, viewers are angry about Duggar family matri … [Read more...]

Secular victory: Florida school board blocks Bible distribution

Efforts by Christian extremists to indoctrinate public school children fails: a school board in Florida is moving to ban the distribution of Bibles and other Christian materials in public schools after Satanists, atheists, and other freethinkers demand equal time.Worried about facing national ridicule if a Satanic group is allowed to give out coloring books to children, last week the Orange County School Board moved to prevent any outside group from distributing religious materials on … [Read more...]

Queen Rania of Jordan: Moderate Muslims complicit in success of ISIS

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Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan admits moderate Muslims are complicit in the success of ISIS, and calls on moderate Muslims to speak up and fight for the image of Islam before it is destroyed by violent extremists.In a blunt and hard-hitting speech at this year’s Abu Dhabi Media Summit Queen Rania spoke out against Islamic violent extremism, arguing the moderate majority of Arab Muslims must not stand by and remain silent, warning: They say, a story is told as much by silence as by s … [Read more...]


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