January 10, 2013

Cindy Jacobs believes in miracles. The televangelist recently recounted some of the awe-inspiring, tremendous miracles god’s omnipotent hand has bestowed upon her. (Click here to view the video.) “We believe we’re moving into a supernatural season, where if needed, God will multiply food. I have seen God multiply food more than one time when I was cooking. When my kids were little they were always bringing their friends into the house and I remember spooning out spaghetti or whatever, just praying… Read more

December 7, 2012

Bill O’Reilly of Fox News recently startled his viewers by claiming that Christianity is not a religion, but a philosophy. (Click here to watch a video clip.) “Christianity is a philosophy. You don’t have to believe Jesus is god in order to admire his view on life.” No doubt there are many people who consider themselves Christians but don’t believe Jesus was god. If you are one of those people, you’re not a Christian. By definition, you must believe Jesus… Read more

November 19, 2012

Last week I wrote a blog about the heavy hand of the Catholic Church upon women in the Philippines. Two days later came news of the horrifying and unnecessary death of a young, professional Indian woman living in Galway. Savita Halappanavar died after an incomplete miscarriage, denied a life-saving abortion because in predominantly Catholic Ireland the hospital was too cowardly to save her life. Even though Ireland’s constitution bans abortion, a 1992 Supreme Court ruling was issued permitting abortion when… Read more

November 13, 2012

OXFORD DEBATE FFRF members Steve Aldred (left) and Daniel Saiz (right) joined FFRF Co-President Dan Barker (center) for a post-debate reception. I have done more than 100 debates as an atheist, but this was one I was really looking forward to — my first visit to Oxford, England. “This House Believes in God” was the proposition put forth by the members of the prestigious Oxford Society for a formal debate on Nov. 8. The Society had invited me, Michael Shermer and… Read more

November 13, 2012

Dan toured Manila, including some of its festering slums, as part of an atheist conference in April. He was saddened and horrified by the Manila garbage dump (nicknamed the Smokey Mountain, because trash is always burning). Many Filipino families and small children live in “trash town,” the city’s huge dump. The Filipino atheists reported at that conference that a bill to subsidize contraception and make it accessible to all women is being fought tooth and nail by the Roman Catholic… Read more

November 12, 2012

Will political candidates ever catch up with the changing demographics and start to woo us — the “Nones” — the secular voters?  This has been the question for more than a decade, since the number of nonreligious adults matched the hardcore Religious Right vote. The American Religious Identification Survey of 2001 identified the nonreligious, then at 14%, as the fastest-growing segment. The 2008 ARIS survey put us at 15% and growing. Last month, a Pew study found nearly 20% of… Read more

October 10, 2012

This past Sunday, Oct. 7, was “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” a day when rogue pastors around the country intentionally dare the IRS to enforce the U.S. tax code by endorsing political candidates. This year almost 1,600 pastors participated. The Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly Alliance Defense Fund) organizes the charade using a portion of their $35 million annual budget. As 501(c)3 non-profit entities, churches are tax exempt. This exemption is not a constitutional right but a privilege. The government is willing to… Read more

September 13, 2012

Watch a Muslim imam giving thumbs-up when I talk about nonbelievers being tortured in hell. From my talk at Colorado Christian University, December 10, 2010: The “thumbs-up” happens at 7:08 At 6:22, I start talking about coherence: “Second, there is not even a coherent definition of a God. We heard a couple of definitions of a god today, but they are not coherent. In fact, they are mutually contradictory . . . all of these ‘omnis’ . . . omnipresent,… Read more

September 6, 2012

One of the reasons the Religious Right has power so disproportionate to its numbers is because its targets — especially politicians — often cede it this destructive power. Case in point yesterday: One insignificant Christian Broadcasting Network blogger nearly brought the Democratic National Convention to its knees by a snarky analysis claiming “God” was deleted from the DNC platform. Fox TV immediately picked up the accusation and of course beat it like a dead horse. Voila — by day’s end,… Read more

August 24, 2012

Watch Annie Laurie Gaylor’s timely talk on the history of women and freethought. Click here to view the embedded video.  Today’s New York Times bears a heartbreaking photograph on its front page showing a row of abject women garment workers in Bangladesh. The accompanying story reports that they daily churn out garments for the U.S. and European markets that individually often sell for more than each garment worker earns in a month. Minimum wage for garment workers is set at… Read more

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