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A lawsuit too far?

Jay G - 16 August 2012 62 Comments

This article says that an atheist group is suing a school district because in its music program it uses songs with religious themes. Is this counter-productive? What about when a music teacher...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, RELIGION, SECULARISM

The Poetry of Science

RDfan - 16 August 2012 12 Comments

In The Magic of Reality (TMOR), Richard hit upon a wonderful format. Take the myths of the world, the questions and answers that the ancients gave for all sorts of natural phenomenon, and contrast...

TAGGED: BOOKS, SCIENCE

Talking to people works!

WonderNerd - 16 August 2012 35 Comments

The growing group of non-religious students at my high school, near Atlanta, Georgia, just experienced something of a victory, and I wanted to share it with you all so as to combat the "common...

TAGGED: REASON

The annual 24 hour MSF charity event

TheRationalizer - 15 August 2012 4 Comments

Each year members of the YouTube community come together (atheist and theist alike) to create a 24 hour live charity show in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders. This year...

TAGGED: HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS

Does Religion = Superstition? G-D Forbid!

Rob W. - 15 August 2012 66 Comments

Here's a tangential exerpt transplanted from comments on Classroom Clashes: Teaching Evolution. I would like here, if it pleases the moderators, to continue the discussion where I was trying to...

TAGGED: RELIGION

Simply ... should I read the bible?

Phil-isalwayslearning - 15 August 2012 122 Comments

My first time posting here. I didn't see a similar thread, so I'm hoping this is a conversation worthy of some debate. I was not raised in a religious household. Neither of my parents are...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, BOOKS, RELIGION

Good News Club sees 28 percent growth

DLB - 15 August 2012 4 Comments

The Christian fundamentalist Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) and its project, the "Good News Clubs," is bragging about its growth. RDFRS US interviewed Katherine Stewart, author of The Good News...

TAGGED: ABUSE, CHILDREN, RELIGION

Suffering

Jo Summers - 15 August 2012 10 Comments

I have been nursing for more than 30 years and for over a decade have worked in palliative care. Throughout my career there have been encounters with health professionals whose religious beliefs...

TAGGED: HARM, MEDICINE, RELIGION

Manila floods an expression of God's wrath?

DaisyD - 13 August 2012 14 Comments

It is very very disappointing that 21st century people attribute a natural disaster to "God's wrath" over population control measures. Some even link it to a certain passage in Genesis . It's all...

TAGGED: HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS, IRRATIONALITY, RELIGION

Tired of arguing

Sjoerd Westenborg - 13 August 2012 19 Comments

"I do believe that the infiltration of Muslims in what used to be a christian nation is not good. But now we say its ok for haters, ok for gays, ok for freaks and false gods like Richard...

TAGGED: REASON

Petition: Free Pussy Riot

foundationist - 13 August 2012 10 Comments

Here's a petition from Amnesty International calling for the release of the Russian feminist Punk band Pussy Riot, who are charged with "hooliganism" and "inciting religious hatred" for performing...

TAGGED: CAMPAIGNS, FREE SPEECH

How atheism helped me deal with cancer

aidan young - 13 August 2012 15 Comments

Last year I was diagnosed with osteo-sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. I was fifteen years old at the time and went through treatment for about nine months. This treatment included chemotherapy as...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, MEDICINE

Translating the British

Richard Dawkins - 11 August 2012 46 Comments

I confess I've been one of those cynics who, in 2012, decided I was SOOO not going to the Olympics, and I've always doubted the rather odd role of "Poet Laureate". But today I just began to get the...

TAGGED: GENERAL INTEREST, RICHARD DAWKINS

Celebrating Curiosity on Twitter

Richard Dawkins - 06 August 2012 69 Comments

As a Chinese sage might say, "In my country it is well known that one man can run faster than another." This morning I searched my newspaper (The Guardian) in vain for any mention, however slight,...

TAGGED: SCIENCE

A Baltimore Catechism for the New Atheists

Quine - 06 August 2012 19 Comments

The Catholic-supporting blog, First Things , has today put up an essay by Edward T. Oakes titled: A Baltimore Catechism for the New Atheists . This piece starts out with a serious...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Guidance in turning my children to reason

excommunicatedMormon - 06 August 2012 21 Comments

I was excommunicated from the Mormon church in 2006. I just finished The God Delusion . My eyes are open, and I'm grateful I was excommunicated, for I don't believe I would have ever considered...

TAGGED: CHILDREN, FAMILY/FRIENDS/COLLEAGUES

Rise of religion in Russia

Steward1 - 30 July 2012 37 Comments

I live in Russia in Moscow. In the days of the Soviet Union I knew that religion is "the opium of the masses". It was clear for everyone that only old people went to church. But now I'm afraid...

TAGGED: RELIGION, SOCIETY

Atheist wins "The American Bible Challenge"

steveb0503 - 27 July 2012 32 Comments

Not really - at least not yet, but when I heard this new GSN show being advertised on the radio my mind immediately leapt to this potential reality. Am I alone here in thinking how great it would...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, MEDIA, RELIGION

Dangerous Amendment 2 in Missouri

Kellen Gracey - 27 July 2012 10 Comments

Missourians go to the polls for primary elections August 7th, 2012. On the ballot will be a measure proposing an amendment to the constitution, known as Amendment 2. Among other things, this...

TAGGED: ACTIVISM, CAMPAIGNS, EDUCATION, LAW, RELIGION

Loss within the truth

Thisisreallyit - 27 July 2012 19 Comments

I've been a long time atheist. From an early age I recognized some contradictions and inconsistencies and was lucky enough to be raised in a non-religious home - with very loving, caring parents I...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, FAMILY/FRIENDS/COLLEAGUES