FAITH: Do 36% of Muslims support Sharia Law and/or death for apostasy?

This post at a blog called Believers vs. Non-Believers is getting spread around, particularly because it contains this image: According to this table 36% of Muslims, or 310.5 million Muslims, support Sharia Law (which carries the death penalty for apostasy).  The source for the numbers are not included in the table, but the post did carry [Read More…]

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FAITH: Tweet of the Day: Patheos blogger Dan Arel has a glorious tweet for Answers in Genesis.

This tweet, from fellow Atheist Channel blogger Dan Arel, absolutely made my day:   He has a great point that extends beyond Answers in Genesis.  How many people who oppose abortion on the grounds that it’s akin to genocide (even though it’s not) also praise god and think he was morally just in drowning virtually [Read More…]

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FAITH/POLITICS: Inhofe says man can’t change the climate.

Here’s Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe telling Congress that while the climate may be changing (it certainly is) man can’t be responsible (hinting that only god can change the climate, which he has said multiple times before): “Climate is changing and climate has always changed and always will,” Inhofe told the Senate last week. “There’s archeological evidence of [Read More…]

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FAITH: American Family Association has fired Bryan Fischer.

Well there goes a healthy chunk of my income.  Up until yesterday Bryan Fischer served as the AFA’s spokesperson and Director of Issue Analysis.  As Director of Issue Analysis Fischer had some gems that escaped the scrutiny of the media.  For instance, did you know that Jesus would use torture to fight terrorism?  Or had you [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Baby otter says hi.

Good morning everybody!  Here’s a baby otter to get your day started out right: I love that I’m giving voice lessons again.  I have one student, an 8th grader, who has shown a remarkable willingness to adopt whatever ideas I feed her.  Doing scales the other day she displayed a comfortable range that easily exceeded [Read More…]

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Andrew Sullivan is retiring, and he has inspired me to try something new.

One of the most famous and influential bloggers on earth is gay Catholic author of The Dish, Andrew Sullivan.  I first encountered Sullivan in his online debate with Sam Harris and I was immediately unimpressed. However, as I continued to read him, it became apparent he was a very sharp and informed chap who, never [Read More…]

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Guest post: I love freedom of expression, so I hate social media.

The following is a guest post by Branden Christen who studied History and Anthropology and now attends grad school. I love genuine and sincere expression. I’m within the school of philosophy (somewhat commonly called Continental Philosophy or Existentialism) which holds that we are, for better or worse, living in a world without the cut, dry, black [Read More…]

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Mormon Church is not endorsing anti-LGBT protections, they’re wanting to keep their power to discriminate.

Word is spreading far and wide that the Mormon Church is now willing to support non-discrimination ordinances that protect LGBT people.  This is simply not true, as Camille Beredjick points out at the Friendly Atheist: The Mormon church will support nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people in matters of housing, employment, and public services, one elder said, as [Read More…]

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James Randi retires from the James Randi Educational Foundation.

At 86 years old, the Amazing Randi has decided it’s time to fight charlatans on his own time rather than as a career.  It’s surely reassuring to know that you can walk away from your life’s work because the movement is in a place to continue it without you: This doesn’t mean that I’m retiring [Read More…]

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List of most bible-minded cities in America for 2015 is out. My college town is #6!

I went to college in Springfield, MO and ruffled more than a few feathers in my time there.  The city itself is home the headquarters for the Assemblies of God (which loves Jesus about as much as they hate gay people, which is a LOT).  They came in at #6 on the list of most [Read More…]

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Facebook decides to censor pages critical of Mohammad/government in Turkey.

Earlier this week I wrote about how Turkey, touted by many as the success story for moderate, “true” Islam, had ordered facebook to block pages critical of the prophet Mohammad.  I was elated that, thus far, facebook had ignored them. Indeed, look what Mark Zuckerberg had to say write after the Charlie Hebdo attacks: Sadly, I [Read More…]

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The 16 Percent

From time to time those of us who have been organizing the new emerging secular communities have been told that there isn’t a market for this kind of thing. We’ve sometimes heard comments along these lines: “Atheists aren’t joiners. They won’t support something like this.” “Cat-herding” is the stock metaphor. And the nay-sayers might have [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: we have a stowaway.

Yarr, but we’ll let her stay anyhow so long as she pulls her weight.   Content will be short and sweet today.  I’ve taken on a collection of private voice students in a town 75 minutes away.  I daresay it has been almost therapeutic for me.  I love coaching young performers almost as much as [Read More…]

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Not a religion.

I follow an Aussie on twitter who goes by @MrOzAtheist.  He’s possibly my favorite tweeter.  He says so much with so few words. The other day he was having a repartee with someone who was saying atheism required faith.  He responded with this lovely image: Beautiful.   [Read more…]

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