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Jeremy Paxman religious comments were offensive, rules BBC Trust

John Plunkett - The Guardian - 31 July 2012 Comments

BBC Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman 'went too far' with comments about religion. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman went too far when he...

TAGGED: CENSORSHIP, INTERVIEWS, RICHARD DAWKINS

Religious education - should students have more choice?

Andrew Jones - The Guardian - 30 July 2012 Comments

Teacher Andrew Jones argues that students should help shape what is taught in RE and engage all the debates and ideas studied Should a childs' religion be labelled by that indoctrinated by...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, RELIGION

NSS Conference: Challenging Religious Privilege in Public Life

- - - - 30 July 2012 Comments

This year's National Secular Society annual conference, which is being co-sponsored by RDFRS UK, brings you seven of the biggest names in UK secularism: Richard Dawkins Secularist of the...

TAGGED: ANNOUNCEMENTS, CONFERENCES, RICHARD DAWKINS

CCI: DAVE MCKEAN ON DAWKINS, CHRIST AND "THE MAGIC OF REALITY"

Andy Liegl - CBR (Comic Book Resources) - 30 July 2012 Comments

In front of a packed crowd during his panel titled "My Two Years with Dawkins, Christ and a Small Crab Called Eric" at Comic-Con International in San Diego , artist, writer and indie filmmaker ...

TAGGED: BOOKS, SPEECHES

Redeeming God in Canaan

Doctor Science - Obsidian Wings - 29 July 2012 Comments

Last weekend I noticed two religion blogs, one Jewish and one evangelical (though not fundamentalist) Christian , discussing the same passages in the Bible: the ones commanding the Israelites to...

TAGGED: BOOKS, RELIGION

Military funds marriage seminar by Pentecostal fans of Newt Gingrich

Justin Griffith - - - 29 July 2012 Comments

Fort George G. Meade , Maryland is a high-tech media-savvy military base. It’s home to NSA , the new United States  Cyber Command , and the largest joint Public Affairs training academy –...

TAGGED: ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE, RELIGION

The Wisdom of Not Being Too Rational

Michael Balter - Science - 29 July 2012 Comments

Clever crow. Birds can solve problems like the one in Aesop's fable, but children are quicker to master more ambiguous puzzles. Many children (and adults) have heard Aesop's fable about the crow...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, SCIENCE

Press Release - New Executive Director Appointed

- - The Clergy Project - 29 July 2012 Comments

Washington DC, Thursday July 26, 2012 – The Board of Directors of the Clergy Project would like toannounce the appointment of a new acting Executive Director. As we move forward with our...

TAGGED: ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bombshell: Koch-Funded Study Finds ‘Global Warming Is Real’, ‘On The High End’ And ‘Essentially All’ Due To Carbon Pollution

Joe Romm - Think Progress - 29 July 2012 Comments

“The decadal land-surface average temperature using a 10-year moving average of surface temperatures over land. Anomalies are relative to the Jan 1950 – December 1979 mean. The grey band...

TAGGED: CLIMATE

Suicidal termites use chemical weapons to defend colony

Jessica Griggs - New Scientist - 28 July 2012 Comments

Old-aged termites go out with a bang, it appears. While ageing, the insects brew a backpack of deadly chemicals, which they use to self-destruct when under attack, taking out any enemies with them....

TAGGED: BIOLOGY

First Prehistoric Snake Slithered Out on Land–Not at Sea

Katherine Harmon - Scientific American - 27 July 2012 Comments

Lizard jaw, Coniophis jaw and a snake jaw; courtesy of Nick Longrich Sorry, sea serpents. Snakes, it seems, slithered off their lizard legs on land. A new analysis of a primitive snake fossil...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION

Dominican Republic abortion ban stops treatment for pregnant teen with cancer

Rafael Romo - CNN - 27 July 2012 Comments

In the Dominican Republic, a ban on abortion is preventing a teenage girl from receiving treatment for a life-threatening disease. At the Semma Hospital in the captial city of Santo Domingo, a...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS

Gorilla Youngsters Seen Dismantling Poachers' Traps

Ker Than - National Geographic News - 27 July 2012 Comments

Wild gorillas Rwema and Dukore destroy a primitive snare in Rwanda earlier this week. Photograph courtesy Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Just days after a poacher's snare had killed one of their own,...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR

Great Grandson Of L. Ron Hubbard Blasts Scientology

- - CBS - 26 July 2012 Comments

The Church of Scientology is known for its famous followers and its reputation for secrecy. In an interview with CBS 5, the great grandson of the church’s founder L. Ron Hubbard blasts Scientology,...

TAGGED: CULTS, INTERVIEWS

Superfast evolution in sea stars

-- - UC Davis News - 26 July 2012 Comments

The sea stars Cryptasterina hystera and C. pentagona are close relatives with very different ways of reproducing but difficult to tell apart. A new study shows the species separated just a few...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION

Vicar condemns hotel after it replaces Gideon Bible with 50 Shades of Grey

-- - The Telegraph - 26 July 2012 Comments

Thanks to Linda Ward Selbie for the link Mr Bartholomew, who runs the 40 bedroom Damson Dene Hotel, Crosthwaite, has placed the erotic best seller on the bedside cabinets of both male and...

TAGGED: GENERAL INTEREST

The racism of the respectable

Nick Cohen - The Spectator - 26 July 2012 Comments

To be a racist in Britain, you do not need to cover yourself in tattoos and join a neo-Nazi party. You can wear well-made shirts, open at the neck, appreciate fine wines and vote Left at election...

TAGGED: CHILDREN, HARM, RELIGION

Atheists 101: Seth MacFarlane

- - Atheists United - 26 July 2012 Comments

During our monthly meetings, we have a segment called Atheists 101. It’s a time when we highlight notable atheists from around the world and throughout history. People featured have contributed to...

TAGGED: ATHEISM

Why Is Everyone on the Internet So Angry?

Natalie Wolchover & Life's Little Mysteries - Scientific American - 26 July 2012 Comments

A perfect storm engenders online rudeness, including virtual anonymity and thus a lack of accountability, physical distance and the medium of writing With a presidential campaign, health care and...

TAGGED: SOCIETY

Evolutionary leap over 500 million years ago gives new insights into human diseases

S Hussain - University of Dundee - 26 July 2012 Comments

An evolutionary leap made at the bottom of the ocean over 500 million years ago gives new insights into the causes of human diseases such as diabetes, cancer and neurological disorders, according to...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION