February 2, 2014

Olympic Slaughterhouse Plan: Sochi is using poison and traps to indiscriminately kill dogs in preparation for the upcoming Olympics, despite pledges made to animal rights groups last year not to engage in the mass extermination of the city’s canine population. Calling stray dogs “biological trash,” Alexei Sorokin, the owner of the company hired to kill as many  stray dogs as possible ahead of the upcoming Winter Olympics, admitted to using poison and traps to rid the city of stray dogs before… Read more

February 1, 2014

“Prayer is superstition, plain and simple” – American Atheists President David Silverman. American Atheists, a national organization that defends the civil rights of atheists, freethinkers, and other nonbelievers, is sponsoring a new digital billboard outside New Jersey’s Metlife Stadium, the venue for Super Bowl 2014. The billboard, pokes fun at prayer, specifically citing the “Hail Mary,” a popular Christian invocation, and a popular, if desperate, long pass play in football. Speaking about prayer as it relates to football, Silverman said… Read more

February 1, 2014

Today, Feb. 1, is World Hijab Day, billed as a celebration of empowerment, dignity and freedom for all women. Yet for many, the hijab is a potent symbol of the very real oppression women face in the Muslim world. The hijab is a veil that covers the head and chest, worn by a Muslim female beyond the age of puberty in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family. It can further refer to any head, face, or… Read more

February 1, 2014

A recently released video by Brigham Young University–Idaho compares masturbators to wounded soldiers, and encourages students to identify to religious officials friends they think are masturbating. The awkward and creepy video, “Wounded On The Battlefield,” compares reporting a friend to religious authorities for masturbating  to rescuing a wounded soldier in a time of war. In the video,  BYU-Idaho President Kim B. Clark reminds students  to reach out to roommates in need: “If you need to, talk to your bishop, tell… Read more

January 31, 2014

Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. In anticipation of the 205th birthday of Darwin, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ) introduced H.Res. 467 to the 113th Congress, a resolution “expressing support for the designation of February 12, 2014, as Darwin Day.” The proposed resolution would be a recognition of Charles Darwin as “a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason,… Read more

January 22, 2014

The attorney leading the fight to defend Utah’s laws barring same-sex marriage, admits his motivation for taking the case against same sex marriage is religious, and stems from his desire to uphold the anti-gay sentiment of his Mormon faith. In a leaked email Gene Schaerr, the lead outside attorney appealing the December 20 decision in Kitchen v. Herbert in which a U.S. District Court judge struck down the Utah constitutional provision prohibiting same-sex marriage, told his former law firm he was leaving to… Read more

January 21, 2014

In an extended conversation about science, religion and the universe, Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson argues science and religion are not compatible. In an interview with Bill Moyers last Friday, Tyson explained why he doesn’t believe science and faith are compatible.  Tyson said he refuses to give credit to those who are trying to reconcile science and religion. “The track record is so poor,” he said, “that going forward I have essentially zero confidence that there would be fruitful things to… Read more

January 21, 2014

Buddhists continue their brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing against Muslims in Myanmar. More than a dozen people may have been killed last week after Buddhists rampaged through a town in an isolated corner of Myanmar, hacking Muslim women and children with knives, a human rights group reported Friday. Myanmar, formerly Burma, is a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million people. Sectarian violence has plagued the nation for nearly two years, as Buddhists have waged a vicious campaign of violence, intimidation… Read more

January 20, 2014

Atheists are often accused of being arrogant, angry, and intolerant. Often these accusations are little more than ad hominem attacks meant to silence criticism that threatens cherished religious superstitions. However, when a respected member of the atheist community calls for “An End to Arrogant Atheism,” the merits of arrogance in service to the cause of atheism becomes worthy of examination. In a recent article for Huffington Post, Roy Speckhardt, Executive Director of the American Humanist Association, calls for “An End… Read more

January 10, 2014

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