Blog Archives for September 2010

A Bittersweet Farewell

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
September 30, 2010

Ibn Warraq Has a New Position

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Honest and Decent Humans Should Oppose This Pope

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
September 30, 2010

That the public sees protests as unimportant or divisive is a problem of lack of general appreciation of the evidence.

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Atheist Know a Thing or Two About Religion, so Settle Down Benedict!

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
September 30, 2010

I defeat Father MacPherson in a 1 on 1 on air religious trivia contest + Editorial published refutes Benedict's latest tirade

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Of Reputations and Harsh Words

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
September 29, 2010

By pointing at a small sub-set of people and trying to defend the rest, a harsh label has gotten out of hand.

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Atheists, Agnostics Trump Believers in Religious Knowledge Test

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
September 28, 2010

The Pew Forum found that atheists, agnostics scored highest on a basic religion test, along with Jews and Mormons.

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Atheist Pride in Understanding Religion

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
September 28, 2010

Why suppose that there's no reasoning with religious believers, when atheists can know so much about religion?

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Commemorate Blasphemy Rights Day—Have a Bake Sale or Read the Bible

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
September 26, 2010

International Blasphemy Rights Day is September 30

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CFI, Council for Secular Humanism Join Amicus Brief on Religious School Subsidies

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
September 23, 2010

CFI and the Council argued Arizona's tax breaks for donations to religious school scholarships violates the Establishment Clause

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What Really Happens When We Die?

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
September 23, 2010

I was given the chance to state my position.

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God Fails a Simple Rationality Test

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
September 21, 2010

If a God wants us to believe, that God demands irrationality.

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Is Religion A Good Thing?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
September 21, 2010

We'd like to hear from you on the question of whether religion is, on balance, beneficial for humanity.

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“Ghost Train” Death

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
September 21, 2010

At vigil, real train tragically surprises ghost hunters on trestle.

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Skeptical of ‘Secretariat’

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
September 20, 2010

A new Disney film about courage and heart features a freak racehorse...

Scalia: Constitution Does Not Protect Women, Gays from Discrimination

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
September 20, 2010

Justice Antonin Scalia announced his view that the Constitution does not bar discrimination against women, gays and lesbians.

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The Pope’s Sales Pitch

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
September 19, 2010

Benedict denounces secularism as he tries to market the Church

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Dragon*Con 2010 and a Call for Investigation

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
September 16, 2010

Investigation is only part of skepticism, but it is a vital part. Hopefully future conferences will include more investigation.

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Attacking Fundamentalism is not the only Atheist Agenda

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
September 14, 2010

Why limit atheist criticism to just the fundamentalists?

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The President and Religion

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
September 14, 2010

Do the president's religious beliefs matter? And how much?

“The Last Exorcism” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
September 13, 2010

Another possession flick descended from a dubious “true story.”

Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Weigh In on Intelligent Design, Curriculum Standards

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
September 13, 2010

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his opponent, Houston Mayor Bill White, have responded to questions on K-12 education.

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Top 5 Surreal Moments at Dragon*Con

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
September 10, 2010

Dragon*Con was a great time, but five experiences in particular have stuck with me as being especially surreal.

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The (Canceled) Burning of the Koran

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
September 09, 2010

Don't burn books; read them

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Visiting the Buddhist Monks

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
September 08, 2010

Ceremonies are not magical but metaphorical.

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The Science of Morality

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
September 07, 2010

Science can help with morality, if ethics is willing to be scientific.

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Pakistani students turning away from Islam

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
September 06, 2010

Pakistan's raison d'etre was religion, and yet many Pakistanis have been agnostics and atheists since its creation in 1947.

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If You Want an Enhancing Experience, Be in Philadelphia in December

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
September 03, 2010

A forthcoming conference on human enhancement technology